iOS 7 is the rumored software operating system that's being developed by Apple for their popular iPhone and iOS devices. We haven't heard much on iOS 7, but with the one year anniversary of iOS 6 being unveiled at WWDC 2012 — Apple's annual developer conference — some new photos have leaked.
1. iOS 7 Will Be "Flatter"
A "flatter" design is a term that emphasizes simplicity, which is the one adjective Apple hopes people think of when they see iOS. New head of software development Jony Ive is a huge fan of a "flatter" design. The issue is that co-founder and tech legend Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011, loved highly textural apps — called skeuomorphism. Exhibit A? The highly-criticized Calendar app.
2. There Will Be A Some "Surprising" Features
9to5Mac writes that there will be a "surprising" feature but it shouldn't make iOS more difficult to use.
While the look of the updated system may be surprising to some, iOS 7 is reportedly not more difficult to use than earlier versions of software platform. There is apparently no new learning curve in the same way there was no learning curve when the iPods went color. While iOS 7 does look different, its core apps and system fundamentals (like the Lock and Home screens) mostly operate in a similar fashion to how they do today.
3. Multi-Tasking Could Be Changing Too
Judging from this photo from 9to5Mac, Apple is considering changing the multi-tasking feature, which was introduced in iOS 4. Check out this photo below, from 9to5Mac:
4. Apple Could Lose Some Longtime Customers
But, according to BGR, iOS 7 will be more similar to Windows Phone devices which have "live tiles" that automatically display new info from other home screen. That can really hurt Apple which can't really afford bad press on such an important product. From the Apple Maps debacle to Apple's stock price falling precipitously over the past few months, the media has been ripping on Apple, and some are calling for a change in leadership. Things aren't that bad, but if iOS 7 gets a poor review when it's released, then maybe people will be talking about how CEO Tim Cook should leave instead of the new design.
5. We'll Probably See It During WWDC 2013
It only makes sense that we'll see iOS 7 at WWDC 2013. iOS 6 premiered at WWDC 2012 and initially, the media was pretty excited about it. Apple had stopped outsourcing their Maps app to Google and introduced added features to Siri and social media integration for Facebook and Twitter. But obviously Apple Maps was universally panned, and hurt Apple's stellar reputation.
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