Jony Ive's flatter, simpler design for iOS 7 largely received a warm welcome among critics at WWDC (despite numerous ribbings that it looked a little too close to the interface for the Windows Phone), but many expressed concerns that something about the icons looked a little ... off. Turns out there's a reason for that. According to Ive himself, as reported by The Next Web, Apple's usual team of designers only tweaked the icons; Apple's marketing and communications teams were responsible for the actual designs.
With iOS 7, design is back. Jony Ive's revision of iOS 7 is so much more sleek and attractive than many had anticipated, and it comes with several new features that distinguish it from the iOS we've known and largely loved over the years.
Sunday night probably felt like Christmas Eve to many MacLife.com readers, because the 2013 edition of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off at 10am PST (1pm EST) on Monday, where it appears Cupertino will dazzle us with iOS 7, the next version of OS X and presumably other goodies that may or may not include a MacBook Air refresh. Be sure to come back and find out what they are with our full coverage of the event!
Looks like all those rumors about Jony Ive's extreme makeover of iOS and Mac OS are true, after all. In preparation for WWDC this week, San Francisco's Moscone Center has been draped with banners depicting thin, minimalist sevens and Xs as captured by readers of 9to5Mac. Although the banners give little away, it's clear that they mark a significant departure from the iOS and Mac OS stylings we've seen in the past.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a frequent guest of AllThingsD's annual tech conference, and CEO Tim Cook will apparently follow in his footsteps, making his second appearance in as many years on Tuesday night.
It's been six years since we first laid eyes on Apple's iconic vision for the smartphone home screen, and after dozens of iterations and imitations, it looks like it's all about to change. With the public unveiling of iOS 7 just around the corner, we thought we'd make a list of all the things that we hope to see unveiled at WWDC.
At last we appear to be seeing some movement on the Apple TV front. We can hardly wait. Sitting around with our little hockey puck sized hobby watching the Roku owners eat our lunch and have all the fun has been hard to swallow, but we expect great things. Find out about these developments and take a peak at one designer's vision of iOS 7 in this week's hottest news.
Despite the fact that its expected announcement is still nearly a month away, speculation around iOS 7 is already at a fevered pitch. For the first time since iPhone OS 1 introduced us to the home screen, there's a lot riding on this year's release; usually we're just waiting to see what new tricks Apple has up its sleeve with the hopes for "one more thing," but this WWDC is different. Since Jony Ive took over as human interface chief, we're all expecting the first honest-to-goodness redesign of iOS, and frankly, anything less will be disappointing.
We all have a vision of what iOS will become. But Philip Joyce, art director at Simply Zesty, took his idea one step further: He actually made it.