On Monday, June 10 we are expecting to see Apple previewing iOS 7 at WWDC 2013 (World Wide Developers Conference) In San Francisco. And as Apple didn't talk too much about any features or changes coming for iOS 7, some rumors have surfaced from traditionally reliable sources that help to paint a picture of what to expect.
So right now I've decided to put all the rumors we've heard in the past few months in one post containing all the features and rumors from the beginning... All the current rumors are taken from different websites like 9to5mac
, Bloomberg and others.....
So let us start...
Black, White, & Flat Interface Elements
Expect “black, white, and flat all over”, according to 9to5mac’s sources. Some are expecting a huge change with this, but it’s likely to be more subtle. We have probably already seen a hint of this in various aspects of iOS, like the mysteriously unmatching Account Settings panel accessible from Settings and from the App Store and iTunes, which features UI elements that are black, white, flatter, texture-free, all of which are distinctly different from other parts of iOS:
And here's a quick comparison between the "Account Settings" before and after the new changes:
Simpler, Refined App Interfaces
A new simplified interfaces elements are expecting to be coming for apps in iOS 7 with reduced or removed skeumorphism in apps from Game Center to Calendar. 9to5mac suggests many of the style changes to be similar to how the Podcasts app was toned down recently, which sounds reasonable:
Color-Coded App Icons & Interfaces
The folks at 9to5mac suggesting the refined app interfaces will expand to other applications, with different color themes per application: “While the core elements of those apps are mostly white
, each app has been given a unique button color. Essentially, each app has a white base with a respective color theme.” That has also been hinted at with the official WWDC logo:
Quick Settings Access Panel
One of the great features said to be coming in iOS 7, is a quick settings access panel where you can quickly enable/disable Wi-Fi, 3GS, Airplane and etc.... From your notifications center, and this one is taken from the Android world... Of course this isn't a new feature for jailbreakers, thanks for SBSettings..
Improvements to Notification Center
Whether it’s the addition of the Quick Settings panel, a total refresh, or something else, we can expect Notification Center to get a refresh, at least visually.
Icon shine and gloss is out
Expect flatter default icons on the Home Screen, removing the bubble gloss that has been around since the original version of iPhone OS. Default app icons are perhaps closer to what various Google apps, Skype, and Vine icons look like:
Amazing app icons right ? See how they are so shinny and gorgeous !
Swiping from the Home screen over to another screen of icons will move the wallpaper with it. This is a visually pleasant feature that has been around in the Android world for a long time, which is demonstrated in the video below:
Yes that's right, iOS 7 said to have a new Multitasking UI for Apple devices.. much like the HTC app switcher. This idea that was first included in builds of iOS 4 but was shelved by Apple for some reason or another before shipping, instead they opted for the little multitasking tray. If it happens this time around, it may look something like this:
Added alongside the existing social sharing features, Flickr and Vimeo integration is apparently coming. Flickr will be a particularly nice addition with Yahoo’s recent announcement of 1TB of free photo storage on the service, which leaves questions about Apple’s response with their own Photo Streaming feature.
iCloud Storage & iCloud Backup Improvements
Could it be an increase in the default storage from 5GB to something more reasonable? Automatic delta backups? Nobody knows for certain, but there is plenty of room for improvement here, and with how critical iCloud is to iOS and OS X you can bet there will be changes with iOS 7 to improve the service considerably.
App Update Badges
These arrived on the desktop with iTunes 11.0.3, and the concept is practically guaranteed to arrive in iOS as well.
Linen is Gone
The linen texture that sits in Notification Center and elsewhere is out. Similarly, we’ve heard linen was gone from the desktop in regards to the OS X login screen and Notification Center, and 9to5mac seems to confirm that with iOS too, sounding like it’s out of favor across the board.
New Lock Screen
The lock screen has been the same since the origins of iOS, and it’s expected to get a face lift with iOS 7. Be sure to read 9to5mac’s articles for more information on this.
Developer Beta at WWDC
Developers will almost certainly gain access to the iOS 7 beta at WWDC, which is really a no brainer because that’s what Apple has done for ages now, and iOS 7 should be no different. Intended for developers only, what this really means is that anyone who pays the $99 to have an iOS Developer Account can run the beta OS.
This post contains almost all the important iOS 7 features that we could see at the WWDC 2013... So what do you think guys ? Can we really see anything from what I've mentioned above ? Share your thoughts in our comment section.