With the release of the latest iPhones 5c and 5s comes Apple’s latest operating System IOS 7.
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June of this year, the company made a preview of the new OS. But to their dismay, most designers and critics from community based design websites didn’t seem to approve and even made their own enhanced versions of the IOS 7 design. Most of the grumbles are regarding typography, layout and bunch of other design related stuffs but Apple responded confident to their design, ignored the criticisms and made minimal adjustments since June.
After 6 beta versions and 3 months, they have finally launched the new platform along with the two new iPhones. The transition from IOS 6 to IOS 7 is said to be the biggest since the birth of the iPhone. Other than the awesome features, it is due to shift of user interface from skeumorphic to flat.
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Unlike what we’re hearing from some online rumors, the UI isn’t completely flat but it still looks simple and aesthetically pleasing.
One of the most visually striking gimmicks of the new OS is the depth on layers via accelerometer-powered 3D home screen. This, according to Apple, is to put hierarchy on elements through overlaps and transparencies.
The navigation bar, status bar and other control elements are now on low opacity. As people have said, transparency and translucency are two of the key features for designers to take a note at in authoring apps for the new IOS.
The icons and other elements are on crisp and striking color palettes. These made the icons more noticeable thus giving a vibrant and lively-feel to the whole interface.
They have used a narrower typography living more white spaces. According to the official guidelines released, this is for the designers to design apps with a sense of tranquility, efficiency and focus.
So what’s up with the visual transition? Here are some of my thoughts.
Expect IOS applications/games to conform to the new Flat UI. This means redesign to existing applications and another set of standards to catch for the new ones – might mean additional work and effort to the developers and designers.
+Flat Design is Temporary
As predicted by design experts, the Flat Design Trend is just a fad and would fade off in a matter of time. So what does it mean for IOS 7, would it be a lasting standard of aesthetics for Apple’s mobile devices? We will see about that.
IOS 7 might have changed on some visual aspects, others might have various sentiments and opinions but it is still the old IOS inside. Apple made it clear that they want the users to have a new experience with having a familiar feel while using the platform and I believe they have delivered.