To go along with his complete redesign of iOS, Jony Ive’s official executive title at Apple has been flattened to drop the word “Industrial.” The change is notable as this new title plants Ive’s position as being where the buck stops for the design of all of Apple’s products…
After countless hours of waiting and speculation, Apple has at last unveiled the next version of its mobile software: iOS 7. The highly anticipated software update brings an entirely new user-interface to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
iOS users will recognize the refreshed appearance for its characteristically light UI, something Jony Ive and his team have spent the last half year building since Craig Federighi took over iOS software development and Ive took responsibility for human interfaces.
As our own Mark Gurman previously reported, the user-experience remains familiar in the latest version of iOS, allowing users to continue using the software without having to relearn the operating system, but features all the benefits of a fundamental new coat of paint. This feels like a new iOS device.
To create something that’s genuinely new, you have to start again. And I think with great intent you disconnect from the past.
-Jony Ive on the design of the Retina MacBook Pro at WWDC ’12
iOS 7 features an incredible new overhaul of iOS like we’ve never seen. Nothing about the OS resembles previous versions of the operating system. Every visual element is rethought fro the Messaging app to the system keyboard to the way the OS behaves when you move the hardware. The OS tilts in almost a three-dimensional behavior.
Folders now include multiple pages within each categorial folder. Notification Center offers a brand new “Today” view featuring birthdays, weather, and the like, which is now available from the Lock Screen.
“Installing iOS 7 on your phone is like getting a new phone, but one you already know how to use.
We will deliver an in-depth hands-on with iOS 7 today as soon as we get it in our hands. Stay tuned. Read below for a full report on new features and stats. Read more
By this time in 2012, Apple had taken the stage and dominated the news cycle multiple times to announce products like a new iPad, Apple TV, new Mac operating system, and various other software for both iOS and OS X. However, the first half of 2013 has been low on Apple product introductions as the company, coming off of a big fall, has focused on minor tweaks to existing products.
Even though Apple has been out of the limelight, the Cupertino company has been hard at work on a slew of new hardware, software, and services products, and the company plans to introduce new versions of iOS, OS X, and the MacBook Air at its WWDC conference next week. Apple will be holding a keynote on 10 AM on Monday to talk about these new products.
Below, you can find our much-anticipated WWDC 2013 roundup along with many new tidbits about what Apple is preparing:
We’ve seen OtterBox frequent the headlines lately, most recently for announcing at CTIA that it acquired its competitor LifeProof, and we’ve served up several hands-on reviews of their products.
I recently had the opportunity to discuss OtterBox and its vision for the future with President and CEO Brian Thomas, who is a former high school teacher turned company leader.
OtterBox, for me, is the defacto hyper-protective case maker and king of their market, but Apple and Jony Ive have increasingly thrilled us with beautiful hardware design of iPhone after iPhone. I wondered if there is room for an OtterBox product in every user’s life, especially those who most admire Apple’s design aesthetic. Read more
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With Tim Cook teasing the Jony Ive redesign of iOS 7 that we exclusively told you would be introducing a new flat design for iOS, we thought it would be interesting to get former Windows lead Steven Sinofsky’s opinion on the changes. While Sinofsky left Microsoft after 20+ years back in November of last year, he was involved in the latest releases of Windows 8 that many argue helped pioneer the flat UI design Apple is now moving towards. Our own Mark Gurman asked Sinofsky his thoughts on a new flat iOS 7 during his interview at the D11 conference earlier today. Read more