iOS 7 is here in all of it’s candy-colored glory, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t go around the horn and take a look at some of the different compartments of this kaleidoscopic release.
Things Dunn-Edwards Is Jealous of: The New Coat of Paint
After Jony Ive took over the design of software last year, he went all out, reskinning every aspect of iOS, swapping linen for neon every chance he got. Icons have a contemporary look to them, menus are re-tooled and the fonts, oh the fonts! You’ll find Ultra Thin Helvetica Neue scattered all over the place. The entire operating system feels lighter, brighter and modern. As you fall in love with iOS 7’s bright look, be sure to peep at this amazing Tumblr where Jony Ive “redesigns” everything.
Things Tim The Tool Man Taylor Would Be Jealous Of: The Toggles
Besides looking like an LMFAO music video, Apple’s new iOS 7 got a major functional upgrade in the form of Control Center. Swipe up from any screen and you’re instantly presented with lots of little useful toggles such as bluetooth, wifi, etc. There’s even a flashlight! These settings (formerly buried in the settings menu) are oft-needed and it’s amazing having them in such an easily accessible place.
What Apple Borrowed From Android: Notification Center On The Lockscreen
Ok this is the SMALLEST thing in the entire OS but it has to be said. Ever since I switched from to Android, I’ve been in love with the way I can wake my phone up and pull down my notification center to see what needs my attention. iOS, frustratingly, used to make me turn on the device AND unlock the screen before I could access my notification center. Now? No longer. Your notification center can be accessed straight from the lockscreen. Glory hallelujah.
Two Guys Who Cried Tears Today: Pandora and Spotify
With the release of iOS 7, Apple introduced iTunes Radio, an internet radio that let’s its user create stations and stream music on all of their Apple devices. iTunes Radio is packed full of interesting featured stations such as “LA Rock Scene: 60s and 70s,” “Twitter #music: Alt + Indie,” “Pepsi Pulse Pop” and many more. In addition users can create stations based on artists, genres or songs. The variety has been excellent so far, and despite the fact I hear Lorde’s “Royals” every other song, I’m quite pleased with it. Pandora and Spotify have their work cut out for them competing with this product, especially since iTunes Radio will come pre-installed on every iPhone, iPad and iPod that runs iOS 7.
What Apple Borrowed From Palm: Multitasking Cards
When you double press on your home button, instead of the previous multitasking interface, you will instead see a card interface, a bird’s eye preview of each open app. Don’t need that app running anymore? Just swipe the card up to dismiss it. This multitasking interface is extremely reminiscent of the way the Palm Pre used to multitask. To be clear, it’s not bad that Apple is borrowing these things from other OS’s, it’s fantastic. Apple is taking concepts that were good and refining them, making them great, and implementing them into their OS in useful ways. As the cliche goes, good artists copy…
-There is now no limit to how many icons you can put in a folder.
-You can eliminate the parallax (moving) effect of the homescreen in Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.
-An especially color-coordinated co-worker exclaimed, “oOOO it’s b-e-a-uuuutiful!”
-Unlocking her iPhone 4, my cubicle-mate remarked “I can’t believe how different it is.”
-My boss informed me, “I’m not installing that sh*t on my phone, I installed one of the betas and it sucked.”
-One particularly snarky friend texted me, “Holy sh*t. iOS 7.”