It is not an exaggeration, but the onset of twenty first century has brought with it certain technological advancement that has altered the future course of business, commerce and lifestyle. Life changing gadgets such as the iPhone and iPad have an over bearing yet relatable impact that is crucial for modern living and business. The use of these gadgets is further leveraged with the assistance of dedicated iPhone developers who are relentlessly creating innovative and useful applications for the Apple Apps store. Therefore, it is no surprise that the anticipation that centers on the release of an Apple product is both intense and exciting.
As suggested by several market reports and blogs that were published earlier this year, the new iOS 7 was expected to be released around mid June. For it is around this time every year, Apple is known to unveil their products in the market. However, with major design changes that Apple entails to exhibit through the iOS 7, there seem to be major delay and the release date this operating system (OS) is expected to be pushed to as late as September or October 2013.
Despite the odds, this new development should not dampen the spirit of ardent Apple fans who are keenly waiting for the iOS 7 to make way in the market. Drawing cue from the media reports and words of technological evangelists from across the globe, the yet to be released iOS 7 has a lot to offer and can give Android OS a run for its money. Hoping these reports are true and hold enough water to survive ten famines (chuckles!), as a loyal Apple user here are few tweaks that I would like to see in the much awaited and hyped iOS 7.
Anticipated Features of iOS 7
# 1.Simple yet Beautiful Design
Talk to any iPhone or iPad user and they will not shut up about the beautiful and aesthetic attributes of the gadget. As mentioned earlier Apple is to bring forth major design changes within iOS 7. The new OS will have a flatter and minimalistic design as opposed to the ‘gloss, shine and skeuomorphism’ of the earlier version of the OS. The precursor to this change perhaps stems from Jonathan “Jony” Ives, senior vice president of the industrial design team of Apple allegiance to functionalist school of industrial design. Secondly, the overall design change that Microsoft vouched for in Windows 8 met lukewarm response from user’s world over. Considering both scenarios, Apple insists on keeping the iOS 7 design simple and minimal. However, this endeavor should not take away the supremacy of the design and interface that most Apple products are synonymous with.
#2.Improved Notification Box
One aspect that Android phones beat an iPhone hands down is its extremely handy notification box. The iPhone 5 has a very confusing and not a very useful notification box. I am sure even hardcore Apple fans will agree with me on this one. A notification box must have more than just Facebook and Twitter button, for everyone is not pro to social media. There is a definite room for improvement on this aspect of the phone and we hope to see it in iOS 7.
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# 3. Allows file share from devices running on other OS
“It ain’t no fun if you can’t share”. The biggest flaw that an Apple device showcases is its inability to share or transfer files, pictures and music to devices running on other Operating Systems. I think it’s time to take an “open source approach” which will make iOS 7 more worthy and useful.
# 4. Embraces third party apps as default
Every user is hoping that the new iOS 7 features allows users to set third party apps as default such as Google Maps instead of Apple Maps or Chrome instead of Safari. This may be a farfetched thought as Apple is known to strictly adhere to its close door policy.
# 5. Going Widgets
The Android ecosystem has made the use of Widgets quite popular. Widgets are nothing but simpler application that are simple to use and more user specific. We are hoping that the iOS 7 release leverages the power to Widgets to its very potential.
#6. Performs Multitasking
This is yet another drawback of iOS. While Windows and Android allows its users to run multiple applications at the same time, iOS seems to withhold that privilege. This change is very important for all practical purpose.
# 7. Improved Home Screen
It’s about time iOS departs from the original home screen that we are ‘over’ familiar with. A little more innovation and change won’t hurt here.
# 8. Improved application management
It is without a doubt that the iPhone developers community has greatly contributed towards making iPhone and iPads the most preferred gadgets in the market today. Therefore, an improved and better application management is imperative to facilitate greater access to these apps. Perhaps minor twists such as more screen option, alphabetical arrangements of apps in iOS 7 will make the device better and functional.