May 12, 2013
The winter of gloom is definitely over. In many parts of the world, snow and ice have been replaced by tulips. More importantly, in the world of Apple, things are definitely looking up. In the coming weeks, we’re going to have a better idea of what Cupertino has planned for this summer, and the upcoming holiday season. No matter what Apple’s plans are for the final seven months of 2013, one thing is certain: when it comes to mobile devices, everything begins and ends with iOS 7. With this in mind, this week we take a look at some of the exciting iOS 7 concepts now making a splash online. Which ones are your favorites?
The Apple loves Yahoo conceptOne of the newest concepts released, this one by Apfelpage.de emphasizes an improved Lock screen, and Notification Center. It also includes “one more thing:” the popular Yahoo Weather app as iOS 7's default forecast app. The video is presented here.
The iOS is OS X conceptIn recent years, Apple has brought a number of iOS features to OS X. Here, designer F. Bianco goes in the opposite direction. Take a look: As you can see, Bianco’s concept includes a new take on widgets, and also brings OS X Mission Control to iOS. In addition, it includes different Download and Shelf features.
The Clock App refresh conceptRafael Justino's concept is said to be based “on the simple design of Jonathan Ive and many other concepts and rumors about iOS 7.” Overall, I like Justino’s concept. In particular, his Notification Center concept is just fabulous in my humble opinion. However, he does seem to spend way too much time on redesigning the Clock app. Nonetheless, job well done. See the video by clicking here.
The "Who is Scott Forstall?" ConceptThis concept is perhaps the most radical of all iOS 7 designs. Created by Simple Zesty, this one takes Apple's skeuomorphic design long favored by former iOS head Scott Forstall and sticks a virtual fork in it. Here is the video: Some may argue that this design goes a little bit too far in terms of change. However, can you honestly tell me its widget design doesn't make you drool?
The subtle change conceptFinally, for those folks that hope iOS 7 isn't a complete refresh, I present one of the first concepts to find a home on the Web. Created by iPhoneSoft, this design includes a new so-called Widgets Zone at the top of the home screen. Included here are favorite apps, toggles, my messages, iPod controls, and more. The design's Apps Zone, by contrast, no longer includes a dock. The zone, at least on the iPhone, reverts back to the traditional 4-by-4 app icon layout. To see the video, click here. We'll post more iOS 7 concepts as we find them. Apple is expected to demo the official version of iOS 7 at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Calif.
Recommended Reading List, May 12, 2013
- Opinion: Sometimes Even Apple Fans Must Wade Into The Android Ecosystem by yours truly explains why selecting an iPad isn't always the choice that is made by tablet buyers.
- Take A Look At How Much The iPhone's Camera Has Improved Over The Years by Joe White documents the steady improvements to one the iPhone's most used features.
- Jim Morrison And The Doors Are Headlining A New iPad App by yours truly looks at the coolest music app of 2013.
- Apple's Next Handset Could Be Called The 'iPhone 6' After All ... by Joe White attempts to answer the question, "what’s in a name?”
- Hipstamatic Oggl Launches For iPhone, Hopes To Compete With Facebook's Instagram by yours truly explains Hipstamatic's new app.
- The Return Of Unlimited Data Plans Courtesy Of ESPN? by yours truly uncovers an interesting new plan by America's most popular sports network that could save many of us money.
My Favorite App Right NowI wanted to love the Saga "lifelogging" app for iPhone when it first arrived in beta form. Unfortunately, that version proved to be a battery hog. As a result, it was quickly pulled from my device. After months of tinkering by its creators, Saga is now out of beta, and a product I can't stop enjoying. And that battery issue? As dead as one of my favorite shows, "Happy Endings." My advice: Download Saga right now!
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