Differences Between iOS6 and iOS7
Apple has recently given the world a sneak peek into the new iOS7 software that will be used to power the forthcoming new versions of both iPads and iPhones slated to appear on the market later this year. This latest update will provide a very dramatic overhaul to the visual aesthetics of previous versions, most notably iOS6.
With the new iOS7, the Control Center allows extra functionality such as controlling the brightness of the screen, setting ring & vibrate options, and enabling Bluetooth and WiFi minus the very intricate and time-consuming access to the settings menu. Swiping up from the bottom of the iPad and iPhone screens automatically offers access to a panel of shortcuts which you can use to turn on the timer, play music, and even turn on an LED flashlight.
What is skeuomorphism?
If you haven’t heard this word much in the past, then get ready. Skeuomorphism is going to be the buzzword for the new iOS7 system, expecting to be heard in every technology newscast, read on every techno-geek’s blog site, and probably offered as a word in every grade school spelling bee. Skeuomorphism simply means, “making something appear as if it is made out of something else“. An example of this is the old iOS6 notes app that appeared as if it were made from a yellow legal pad from the 1970’s, complete with margins and college-ruled lines. The next version of software will look very different.
Expect a “Flatter” Aesthetic
Even though these skeuomorphic features were the brainchild of Steve Jobs himself, Apple is moving in a completely new direction by embracing a more visually “flatter” aesthetic. The iOS7 software will be a radical new design that will not easily be mistaken for its earlier predecessor, iOS6. No longer will we have the embellishments of bezels, shadows, and gradients that are now providing the faux 3-D effects that we have come to know and love.
For example, the current appearance of the navigational compass feature looks like a real handheld brass mechanism complete with a spinning dial. The new version will utilize simple letters, numbers, and lines on a translucent background. However, the interesting parallax effects programmed into the new iOS7 will still manage to provide great depth and contrast to the other apps and icons on the desktops. Change is good! And Apple definitely does a great job!