Apple has unveiled the latest version of its mobile OS, calling it the iOS 7, at the WWDC in San Francisco. As the rumors had indicated, iOS has received a heavy design overhaul. This is the first ever change made to the user interface of the OS that was released with the first iPhone 6 years ago.
The home screen has received a whole new design, which is flatter and a whole lot cleaner than before. All stock icons have been redesigned, and a new, slimmer font has been used. The iOS 7 brings a much awaited feature, called the control center, which slides up from the bottom of the screen and has some basic shortcuts for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, brightness control etc. It also has music controls and camera, flashlight and calculator shortcuts.
Skeuomorphic design aspects are noticeably absent from iOS 7, and every app uses the full screen area available to it. For example, Safari opens up in the full screen view by default, and the address bar disappears when the user starts scrolling the webpage, giving full focus to the content. All Apple apps have been redesigned and modernized, using the new color themes and design patterns.
The lock screen also has undergone heavy changes, and the iconic “Slide to unlock” bar has been replaced by a more interactive lock screen, which displays weather info as well as the current time. The pull down notification center has received major updates as well.
iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will start rolling out in fall of this year, whereas the developers receive the update today.