iOS 7: 7th Wonder?
Since the launch of iPhone in 2007, Apple has revolutionized the world of smartphones with a beautiful hardware design and more importantly, a smooth and slick touch interface. This interface is attributed to the underlying iOS platform, which made people believe in the fact that smartphones are smarter by the use of software/ apps rather than the hardware.
iOS also gave rise to other OSeswhich were specifically designed for touch-screen devices like Android by Google, Windows Phone by Microsoft, etc.
While, Apple started this touchscreen revolution, over the years it seems that it has fallen behind its competitors in terms of innovation and usability. With the rumors going round about the next version of iPhone- iPhone 5S/ iPhone 6 to be launched later this year, it’s also speculated that Apple will bring a host of new features with its next version of Operating System- iOS 7.
This OS will bring great synergy between hardware and software. Let us take a look at the speculations for iOS 7 and what it might hold.
Apple has recently announced its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to be held during June 10-June 14, 2013 in San Francisco.
Looking at previous release of iOS, it’s pretty certain that the next version of iOS- iOS 7 will be unveiled in WWDC.
Schedule running behind?
According to rumors, iOS 7 launch schedule is running behind for its possible release in WWDC and engineers from Mac OS X 10.9 have been pulled off to help in fasten up development. This news is kind of similar to an earlier report when launch of Leopard OS was delayed due to the iOS development.
As mentioned earlier that iOS has become stale since its first release, with minor changes being announced on every update. Apple might go for a system-wide overhaul for iOS 7. Also, it will be having significant change as Apple’s hardware designer Jonathan Ive have also stepped in on designing software after Scott Forstall (iOS software head) was removed from his position. He will make it concurrent with minimalistic hardware design of Apple devices. According to rumors, iOS 7 will be having ‘clean edges and flat surfaces’
These are the roundup of features which Apple might include in iOS 7 along with wish list what we want to see in it.
Security- Apple acquisition of mobile security firm Authentec suggests that Apple might be planning to bring some security features in iOS and iPhone/ iPad. Eventually it could also be used for payments through Apple’s Passbook app.
2.Widgets- Android home screen is dynamic and with the ability of using widgets it becomes much more useful. They let you read, initiate actions or manage the app without even going to the particular app, and right from the comfort of a home screen. We hope Apple may also introduce some widget like functionality.
3.Improved lock screen- Minimalistic look of lock screen in iOS is great, but it remains largely unusable. iOS shows cover album of the song being played, but no options of controlling them by playing/pause, etc. Neither one can take any actions on notifications.