Dec 05 2013 at 03:36 PM
Apple has just updated its developer website for the iOS App Store to show the distribution of devices on different versions of iOS, and iOS 7 now commands a significant league, with 74 percent of devices using the major overhaul released alongside the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in September .
iOS 7 usage has increased 10 percent since October according to Apple’s numbers, which is remarkable growth especially given the drastic nature of the changes in this update, which includes a complete visual overhaul of all OS elements . Even more impressive is the fact that another 22 percent of active App Store users are running iOS 6, which means that together, a full 96 percent of iOS customers are running just the two most recent versions of the mobile OS, while Android still has a much more scattered distribution .
That kind of traction is great news for developers, since they can target the vast majority of active iOS users with less effort than if that distribution reflected earlier versions of the OS . In the case of iOS 7 specifically, however, since it’s so different from older versions of iOS, getting just about everyone into that big bucket of current version users becomes even more important .
Outside firms are seeing similar adoption rates, with Chitika noting in a recent study that over 70 percent of traffic on iPhone and iPad in North America is coming from iOS 7 on its network . That means uptake is happening at a much quicker pace than it did with iOS 6, which took half a year to reach 83 percent, so apps targeting iOS 7 only likely have little to fear in terms of limiting their user pool .
Nov 26 2013 at 12:46 AM
iOS 7 has brought with it an array of changes in the realm of Graphic UI in introducing things like: borderless buttons, a full screen layout for better viewing of controllers, translucent bar not to mention the changes made to the grid system and other dimensions of its icons . Such iconography and typography changes directly mean that app developers have to adapt swiftly to match this new flat design .
The design seamlessly justifies recent claims that apple were going flat with iOS 7 – it is typically flatter than the previous models . A clear inference is that it is not just flat for no reason in that the new software built for this phone looks executive rendering suggestions that in previous models there were limitations to what exactly iPhone was built for .
The new visual display does not actually get rid of unnecessary visual ornamentation but simply breaks the whole thing down and builds afresh .
The size of the status bar is similar to that of iOS6 but the visual appearance of the bar is slightly different . One can easily take control of the background color in a bid to match of an application design .
Default iOS apps depict a common feature in that the status bar is linked directly to the navigation bar-which has a title together with navigation and action button . Examples of the buttons include back to previous, edit, create etc . When the phone is oriented in a landscape mode, the navigation bar shrinks to allow more content to be displayed just below it .
In this recent development, tables/lists use the entire width of the display and are no longer besieged by the containers that used to separate these components in previous versions . The only notable separation between table views is located on top of the table-on top of the major application background .
Furthermore, Items located within the table are separated by 1 pixel line with a margin of 15pt to the left portion of the screen . It also directly connects to the right hand side of the screen . There is a padding of 15pt on either side of the item .
Apple has utilized icons in the design without over-emphasizing fill color since it use an outlines with thickness of 1pt.However, Classic icons possessing color fill are used a lot in iOS 7 .
The most commonly used style for active icons in the tab bar is in the form of inverted colors while inactive icons have been represented in the form of only outlines . The active ones are filled with solid color whereas some strokes tend to disappear or get inverted .
When it comes to the font , Helvetica Neue is still the default font for iOS with the only change being that of normal text being displayed in Light face instead of Bold . Texts that are supposed to appear prominently are displayed using Medium face .
Definitely, there are still other options to Helvetica Neue in the sphere of fonts to choose in the new design but it is probably due to increased use of light that iPhone have gone for that has led to increased font size in most of this design . Last but not least, buttons appear as simple colored text links which ensures fewer occurrences of shapes around .
Here are some user interface concept designs from various designers who either imagined before launch how iOS 7 will be, or they designed these after the launch of the new operating system and saw its design guidelines .
iOS7 Lock screen – Redesign __ __
iOS-7 Redesign __ __
My.com iPhone Mail __ __
Coaching IO7 concept __ __
iOS7 Imagined __ __
uiStore – iOS7 UI Kit __ __
Twitter . Redesign Concept __ __
iOS7 Keypad Redesign __ __
WIP fitness app iOS 7 __ __
Whatsapp Redesign __ __
iOS 7 Control Center Redesign __ __
Feelkm __ __
iOS7 BKNY mod __ __
iOS 7 Redesign Concept __ __
Facebook iOS 7 redesign __ __
Smart washer app UI __ __
SoundAround App __ __
iOS7 Proposal iDTGV __ __
iOS 7: Just a concept __ __
Wedrive __ __
iOS7 AirDrop/Share Redesign __ __
Triggertrap – Flat and simple Ios app __ __
Ios7 Concept __ __
Path – iOS7 Redesign __ __
iOS7 – Dark Theme __ __
IOS 7 Concept __ __
Inbox __ __
Nov 24 2013 at 10:54 AM
Nov 22 2013 at 12:24 AM
Adapting designs from iOS 6 to iOS 7 __ __
When iOS 7 was announced, we were in the middle of creating a new app (in conjunction with our talented partners at Two Toasters ) for iPhone and iPad and refining our brand and visual strategy . With the announcement, we saw a unique opportunity to accelerate our visual updates which echoed the best themes of iOS 7 . Keeping the themes of deference, clarity, and depth in mind we went back to the drawing board and let those themes guide the design and UI of the user experience .
Aesthetically, the iOS 6 version of the Luvocracy app was already pretty flat with a lot of simple usable elements that were brand-centric, yet satisfied many of the iOS 7 themes . We were mindful to keep those important elements, while adjusting and sometimes altogether changing certain aspects of the app to better align with iOS 7 best practices . In this post, we’ll take a look at the changes that we made .
iOS 6 vs. iOS 7
“Good Design is as little design as possible— Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials .
Back to purity, back to simplicity.”
— Dieter Rams
Quick Action Cards __ __
Following a custom card layout that’s brand centric to Luvocracy, we implemented a 1 horizontal and 2 vertical pattern for all product cards . We also implemented quick actions for each product card making it easy for users to Luv, Follow, and Share items. The use of quick actions lets users focus on the content, rather than being bogged down by extra UI .
Product cards and actions
Indented Table Style __ __
For the iOS 7 version we reconsidered how we utilized insets and visual frames . By embracing the use of a 15 pt indention we are able to let more of the content reach to the edges, thus utilizing more available screen space than was seen in iOS 6 .
Settings in iOS 7 (left) and iOS 6 (right)
“Good Design makes a product understandable — It clarifies the product’s structure . Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user’s intuition . At best, it is self-explanatory . ”
Key Colors __ __
As seen in iOS 7, the use of a key color helps guide users through the experience without cluttering the interface or distracting from content . As part of our visual, we moved our palette from warm tones and textures with a teal highlight color to a flat, neutral palette of whites + grays with a primary accent of red . The use of red as our new highlight color not only strengthens our brand, it makes it globally recognized it as an actionable color for the app .
Consistent red highlight color and overall palette
Thinner, Lighter Weight Icons and Font __ __
To keep the focus on the content we reduced the weight of our icons to produce a thinner, lighter weight appearance overall . As part of our brand refinements, we also decided to move away from our use of two fonts ( Proxima Nova and Arvo ) to a single type, Gotham , which also simplifies the design . We were thrilled that Hoefler and Frere-Jones launched Cloud Typography , making this font not only accessible on the web, but also optimizing it for crisp, beautiful rendering at any type size .
Icons in iOS 6 (left)
and iOS 7 (right)
Elimination of Textures and Heavy Elements __ __
While textures are used heavily in numerous iOS 6 apps, iOS 7 accomplishes clarity by removing texture throughout . In iOS 7 the textured backgrounds are replaced by a solid or blurred background . We also got rid of any gradients or drop shadows that distract from the content .
Sidebar in iOS 7 (left)
and iOS 6 (right)
“Good design is aesthetic —
The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being . Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.”
New Navigation Paradigm __ __
The sidebar is a common UI paradigm used by app developers everywhere . Though, without a clear example on how to execute on that on iOS 7, we decided to re-imagine it in the spirit of the platform . In doing so, we abstracted, prototyped, and then iterated on a production version of a concept floating around in the design community .
Rather than relying on shadowing, we decided to layer up the sidebar and app views using blurring . The entire sidebar view sits on top of a highly blurred background image that the user sets as part of their profile . This brings a degree of customization and familiarity in the app experience by mimicking the iOS home screen and new control center . Moreover, the main views from which the user is accessing the sidebar shrink down in a fluid, springy animation reminiscent of the new app switcher rather than just transitioning to the right .
In iOS 7, developers are encouraged to use the whole screen and not rely on the status bar to be outside of the context of the app . This breaks the existing sidebar implementations in that the status bar now lives over both the side menu and the main view with a single visual style . To remedy the problem we created side menu navigation where the viewport focusing on the main content view zooms out and away revealing the menu — instead of simply sliding to the left (or right) as seen in many pre-iOS 7 apps including Path and Facebook . Below is the video of the side menu in action.
To learn more about how the sidebar navigation works, check out the technical blog post and side menu library authored by the Two Toasters’ Senior iOS Developers .
Blurring and Layers __ __
In iOS 6 much of the depth was accomplished using heavy gradients and drop shadowing . Alternatively, to achieve depth in iOS 7 we relied on the use of layers and blurring as seen in the navigation bar and the background of the list view .
Title Bar in iOS 7 (left) and iOS 6 (right)
Additional Images __ __
Wanna see more of the redesign ? See the side-by-side comparison of iOS 6 and iOS 7 screenshots below or download the app in the App Store .
Profile in iOS 7 (left) and iOS 6 (right) Catalog View in iOS 7 (left) and iOS 6 (right) Product Details in iOS 7 (left) and iOS 6 (right) Checkout in iOS 7 (left) and iOS 6 (right) App Store Promotion __ __
Nov 15 2013 at 07:27 AM
by iTechNow Team onNovember 15, 2013
For those of you who are waiting for iOS 7 jailbreak, here you are the latest news and status update on the most awaited jailbreak tool for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch running iOS 7, iOS 7 . 0.1, iOS 7.0.2, iOS 7 . 0.3, iOS 7.0.4 .
It has been long time since we have done an update regarding iOS 7 untethered jailbreak, now it’s time to inform you where exactly we are at .
iOS 6 users have been forced to update to iOS 7, then many bugs moved you for more updates to fix and enjoy your device . Yesterday, the well known iPhone hacker MuscleNerd has updated his Twitter timeline to inform jailbreakers that iOS 7.0.4 update is safe.
MuscleNerd posted the following:
Those at 7 . x waiting for JB, maybe treat 7.0 . 4 as exercise in restraint. Won’t affect JB if you slip up, but test your ability to avoid it !
…but for those enjoying the 6.x JB, avoid 7 . 0.4. There’s no going back (always worth saying that for sake of JB newbies)
The latest update with the Evad3rs is on Twitter, where developer and hacker Nikias Bassen (@pimskeks) tweeted “Back in Bangkok . ” It remains unclear why the hackers have been traveling abroad beyond a trip that they recently took to attend sessions on iOS hacking . Still, Bassen tweeted just a few days ago saying that the Evad3rs “are still working on the iOS7 jailbreak . ”
The speculation surrounding the timeframe of the next iPhone jailbreak has carried on for several months without much progress except for a small handful of tweets . These have tended to be just quick tweets to advise users that they are still working and that people should remain patient while they work to try to hack the operating system .
The iOS 7 operating system was released in early September and the Evad3rs immediately went to the drawing board . A tweet from @Planetbeing on Sept. 10 said that they were “actively” looking into the iOS 7 .
In the meantime, the Evad3rs said right before Halloween that they were thinking about making hoodies and asked if others were interested . Considering at the Twitter accounts for the hackers have largely revolved around only tech information, it is highly unlikely that people would want hoodies when they have nearly a quarter of a million (243,840) people who have waited for several months to jailbreak their iPhones on the new OS . Latin post.
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Nov 15 2013 at 12:16 AM
photo: Gigaom Summary:
If you’ve been having issues using FaceTime, your troubles might be over . Apple’s latest iOS update fixes an issue that was causing some FaceTime calls to fail .
Apple on Thursday released its latest update to iOS 7 . According to the company, iOS 7.0.4 contains some “bug fixes and improvements, including a fix for an issue that causes FaceTime calls to fail for some users . ”
You should be able to download and install the update by opening your Settings menu and tapping on General > Software Update . This is much smaller than Apple’s last update , which fixed sensor calibration issues , iMessage problems , and added new features such as iCloud keychain . I’ve already downloaded and installed the update on my iPhone 5s, but I wasn’t having problems with FaceTime so I haven’t noticed anything new .
As for the rest of the fixes included in this round, the details say to check out http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 , but so far Apple hasn’t included any information for iOS 7 . 0.4. So far, this seems to be a relatively minor update unless you were one of the users effected by the FaceTime bug .
Nov 14 2013 at 12:49 AM
Nov 13 2013 at 12:53 AM
- iOS 7 (beta1) Home Screen With 100% Shape Layers Mockup Free PSD The work was hard, but I so excited with new fresh iOS 7 look, so I didn’t worry about a time.. . Inspiration was very huge. There’re all native iOS7 (beta) icons and home screen elements (top bar and backgrounds) . All layers are 100% shapes. Almost all icons are as much as possible closer to origins . DOWNLOAD.PSD (zipped) Enjoy and get my UI kits and icons from HERE
Nov 11 2013 at 09:45 AM
Nov 11 2013 at 09:02 AM
A Sketch file of GUI elements found in the public release of iOS 7 .
Released November 7, 2013
This is a first for Teehan+Lax and you can thank Tyler Howarth for it . Tyler did a great job of porting the Photoshop version of our file for use in Sketch . We’ve seen a rise in the number of requests for this so we figured it was time to make it available . If you’re unfamiliar with Sketch, it’s a vector graphic app worth checking out .
If people are liking the Sketch version of this file, we can figure out a way to keep it up to date too . Let us know what you think.
¼ This Sketch file contains all the major iOS 7 assets individually drawn as vector
License stuff: The sole purpose of this file is to help you pitch, design and build amazing software . The file nor its elements are to be repurposed as your own . It can’t be broken apart and used to create similar tools .
Nov 08 2013 at 05:05 AM
J VFloatLabeledTextField __ __
UITextField subclass with placeholders that change into floating labels when the field is populated with text .
Credits for the concept to Matt D. Smith ( @mds ), and his original design:
Ports __ __
JQuery / Zepto.js - Achmad Mahardi
Xamarin.iOS - Greg Shackles
Bootstrap plugin - Matt Powell
JavaFX - Andy Till
JQuery - Mike Mitchell
Android - Henrik Sandström
Added a port ? Let me know - @jverdi
Nov 07 2013 at 01:23 AM
Nov 06 2013 at 12:37 PM
I personally am still not a fan of the new iOS 7 redesign . It just seems unfinished, unrefined and downright confusing at times . I’m not the only one who thinks this as there has been a number of iOS 7 redesigns that have become very popular . Here is another redesign by Sanat Rath .
He came up with an icon redesign for iOS 7, following the long shadow design trend . Long shadow may be a design trend that people seem to think doesn’t solve any design issues, however here it actually works really well . Each icon now is very unique, they have much more depth and they are much easier to recognise, without having to read the label . We as humans can read icons and symbols much quicker than text .
Nov 02 2013 at 03:36 AM
By Courtney Starr on October 30th, 2013
Recently I was testing an app we’re building that didn’t have an app icon yet . I noticed that iOS 7 provided a new placeholder image . That placeholder just so happens to be a pixel perfect version of the new iOS 7 grid, finely tuned at every size . It wasn’t until I saw this grid to scale— directly from Apple—on all my devices that I decided to create a template of my own that appealed to my obsessive nature .
iOS 7 Icon Design __ __
Before iOS 7, iOS app icons were like a handful of Chiclets, each one packed with lickable details ( Steve jobs said it , not me) . Today, each icon relies less on the actual shape of the icon and more on a singular element resting on a background . It’s as if each app is now a brand and the app icon is the logo . This branded approach existed in previous versions of iOS, but now it’s the norm .
iOS 7 has truly ushered in a new era of app icon design and it actually feels more like logo design . Let’s look at some of the details about iOS 7 app icons, including the dimensions, corner radius, and grid .
Dimensions __ __
We have our own ideas on why Apple changed the dimensions of iOS app icons but it’s undeniable that iOS 7 was the perfect chance to tidy up some numbers and unify app icons across their suite of handheld devices . Check out Ivo Mynttinen’s iOS Cheat Sheet for an updated list of required app icon sizes .
Corner Radius & Grid __ __
Prior to iOS 7, the corner of each icon was a perfect circular radius, easily recreated by most graphics programs. iOS 7 uses a new technique to round the corners, resulting in what’s being called a super ellipse or squircle . So far the most accurate recreation of this shape is the one used in our template—created using Mike Swanson’s handy rounded rectangle Photoshop script .
iOS 7 OCD App Icon Template __ __
Most iOS app icon templates start out with designing at 1024×1024 and use a single smart object that is then scaled to every size needed . With this approach, it’s quite difficult to gain context for each size . More importantly, there’s no way to tweak the app icons for various devices .
The iOS 7 OCD app icon template is different than others in the fact that each app icon is its own independent smart object . This allows you to design your app icons at the exact sizes that they’ll be used . Another huge difference in our template is that the grid is uniquely crafted for each app icon . Thus, yielding pixel perfect values at every size.
Since our template uses independent smart objects we recommend starting with your flagship app icon (iPhone or iPad) and working out from there . You’ll notice there are only shapes for circular grid elements but vertical and horizontal grid lines are present as Photoshop guides within each smart object . This is because shapes as guides are not ideal in pixel based programs.
Get the Template __ __
To learn more about the template, including example workflows, visit the iOS 7 OCD app icon template page . It’s a free resource which is hosted on GitHub . We look forward to your feedback and improving it over time .
Courtney Starr __ __
Courtney is a mobile interface designer at savvy apps . His passion is shaping digital things for people’s use .
Nov 01 2013 at 09:02 AM
One of the touted features of iOS 7 has been the upgrade multitasking in iOS 7 . Using the new APIs added in iOS 7 it’s now possible to update apps that are running in the background .
Here’s a nice series of tutorials providing a nice overview and step-by-step examples of how to use the new multitasking APIs in iOS 7 – remote notifications, background fetch, and the background transfer service .
Here are the three tutorials in the series:
If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a nice overview of these enhancements in WWDC 2013 Session 204 (Apple Developer login required for download)
A nice starting point for those looking to utilize the new multitasking interface in iOS 7 .
Thanks to Tom for the submission .
Oct 31 2013 at 03:21 AM
Updated October 29, 2013
License stuff: The sole purpose of this file is to help you pitch, design and build amazing software . The file nor its elements are to be repurposed as your own . It can’t be broken apart and used to create similar tools .
Note: The iPad PSD will be updated shortly .
1/5 This PSD contains all the major iOS 7 assets indivually drawn as vector
Make good stuff __ __
The PSD is a well organized, labeled and layered PSD full of editable shape layers . Most people find it useful for mocking up apps . Others use it to concept ideas or create custom interface elements that work harmoniously with those native to iOS . Whatever your use, we hope you enjoy it .
Before you get started, you’ll want to become acquainted with some of the support documentation that Apple has put together over at developer.apple.com (login required) . PDFs like the iOS HIG, UI Transition Guide and UI Catalog will help you become familiar with how and when to use these elements .
New in this version __ __
- iPhone 5S (space grey)
- iPhone 5S (gold)
- iPhone 5C (blue)
- GUI updated to public release (previously beta 1)
Made with Photoshop CS6
Oct 31 2013 at 02:09 AM
Oct 25, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Photo Stream is undoubtedly a useful part of iCloud for those with multiple iOS devices, but it has a feature that often goes unused which may be wasting your preciously small iOS device capacity . This love-or-hate feature is the “My Photo Stream” album, it’s enabled by default and intends to automatically sync your most recent 1000 photos between your iOS devices, or to a Mac with iPhoto . Sounds great, right? It is, if you have a handful of devices and want those recent photos automatically syncing between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac . In these multi-device situations, you’ll be smiling like the Apple promo image of the feature as it seamlessly is syncing your pictures back and forth:
But what if you just have a single iPhone (or iPad, iPod touch) and you treat it like a standard digital camera, either manually transferring photos to a computer, or automatically backing the pictures up to the cloud with another service like Dropbox ? That is precisely when the My Photo Stream feature becomes a nuisance . This issue with “My Photo Stream” is often overlooked, but rather than just simply copying the most recent 1000 photos to iCloud, My Photo Stream actually duplicates those 1000 photos and puts an exact copy of them into their own album on the same device, within the Photos app . Yes you read that correctly, if “My Photo Stream” is enabled on your iPhone, and you use the iPhone (or iPod or iPad) for photography, you probably have 1000 duplicate images sitting around on the device, wasting about 1GB or more of capacity . Users with the 64GB iPhone model may not care much, but those with the 16GB or 32GB capacities are often feeling the pinch and frequently trying to free up as much space as possible , and that’s why this can be a good feature to disable .
First, you’ll probably want to see how much space “My Photo Stream” is consuming on your device by checking usage:
If you use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as your primary camera and you’re not having pictures sync over from another device, don’t be surprised if the size is hovering at 1GB or a bit more . Yup, 1GB of duplicate photos. Let’s get rid of that .
Turn Off “My Photo Stream” and Delete the Photo Album of Duplicate Images __ __
- Open Settings and go to “Photos & Camera”
- Toggle “My Photo Stream” to the OFF position
Confirm that you want to turn off My Photo Stream, and delete the My Photo Stream album
Give it a moment to complete, since deleting 1GB of data takes a second or two . When finished, go back to Photos and Albums, and the “My Photo Stream” album will be gone along with all its duplicates . You can also double-check Usage to confirm the space has been reclaimed .
It’s important to understand what disabling the “My Photo Stream” feature does:
- Deletes the “My Photo Stream” album and removes all those duplicate photos from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Prevents the 1000 most recent images from automatically syncing to other iOS devices or iPhoto on a Mac
- Prevents direct Finder access to the Photo Stream using the search-type trick
On the other hand, disabling “My Photo Stream” has no impact on some other Photo Stream features, like the following:
- You can still use most Photo Stream sharing features, including make new streams , share, and comment on existing photo streams with friends, family, and other iOS users
- You can still use Photo Stream to create public web sites with pictures from your iOS device
Because we want to save the 1GB+ of capacity, disabling this feature is desirable . On the other hand, if you like the automatic syncing feature and use it regularly, you will not want to do this . Know what you use, and know what you don’t need, there is no universally appropriate setting for this feature, though ideally, Apple could improve it a bit to make the duplicate picture issue nonexistent .
WAIT! Are you a Mac user? If you have iCloud enabled with Photo Stream on OS X, and you also manually copy your pictures to the computer, you also might be losing tons of disk space to duplicate photos too . Here is how to handle that for OS X and potentially free up space on your desktop or laptop as well, in our written example it was over 18GB ( ! ) recovered by turning off the feature.
Oct 31 2013 at 02:05 AM
Oct 27, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Automatic Updates is a feature that came along with iOS 7 which allows updates to installed apps to download and install themselves, allowing for a very hands-off approach to the app updating process . For many users this is a good thing to leave on, since it takes the hassle out of updating and managing your apps, and you’ll only have to use the App Store to download new apps instead . But automatic updates are not always a desirable feature for all users for a variety of reasons, whether you’re trying to squeezes maximum performance out of a device, reduce overall network bandwidth used by an iPhone or iPad, or perhaps you’d just prefer to control the app updating process yourself . If you’d rather have apps not update themselves in the background, you can take a moment to turn the feature off .
Stop Apps Updating Themselves Automatically __ __
That’s it, no more automatic app updates, no more surprises when opening apps to find things have changed . Remember, with this feature turned OFF you will need to use the App Store to handle updates yourself, similar to how it was done in the past with all iOS releases pre-7 . 0.
Turning off Automatic Updates has a few additional side benefits too; it can help increase battery life , and it can also help to speed up iOS 7 equipped devices a bit, particularly older models . Both benefits are a result of reducing background activity and resource usage, and though the newest model iPhone and iPad devices may not notice them quite so much, they can still offer a nice increase to performance all around .
Use Automatic Updates from Wi-Fi Only __ __
If you’d prefer to leave automatic updating on for wi-fi only while preventing it from happening over a cellular data connection, you can do that too with a simple adjustment within the “iTunes & App Store” settings: simply keep Automatic Downloads “Updates” toggled to ON, but toggle “Use Cellular Data” to OFF . Unless you have an unlimited cellular data plan with your iPhone or iPad, it’s probably a good idea to keep cellular data updating completely off .
Will this Stop the Random Blue Dots Next to App Names ?
Yes, this will stop the blue dot from randomly appearing next to app names on your iOS home screen . For those who weren’t aware, the blue dot is an indicator that an app has been updated, or that an app is new to the device, but it has also caused a ton of confusion for many users who wonder why on earth a mysterious blue dot seems to show up alongside app names for seemingly no apparent reason .
Turning off automatic updates will prevent it from showing up at random, and instead the blue dot will only appear when you have updated an app yourself, or downloaded something new from the App Store . You can not disable the blue dot completely.
Oct 29 2013 at 02:24 AM
By Edwin Kee on 10/22/2013
Filed in Homepage > Apple > CellPhones > Tablets
Amidst the news of the new iPad rollouts, namely the iPad mini with Retina display as well as the new iPad Air , Apple has not forgotten about the software side of things . Here we are with word that Apple has already launched the iOS 7 . 0.3 update, where this particular release is touted to be relatively generous in bug fixes (which is a good thing in our books), but that is not all . No sir, there will also be a slew of new features thrown into the mix . Where the bugfixes are concerned, the most important ones would include patching up some iMessage activation issues, in addition to resolving the notorious accelerometer issue, all the while making sure that the recently discovered ways to bypass the Lock screen passcode will no longer be a threat to your iOS 7-powered device .
There is a changelog available, and here are some snippets that we have decided to highly . iCloud Keychain has been added so that it can keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices . Not only that, Safari gets a Password Generator so that it can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts . The ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search has also been reintroduced, while it also fixed an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users .
RELATED __ __
Oct 28 2013 at 03:28 AM
I dislike iOS 7 so strongly that I feel inclined to begin this post with a disclaimer about how much I admire Apple . Apple is my hero . They’ve always inspired me to be better at what I do, even when I was an ICU nurse . But they are not perfect . I can and should criticize their worst work when I find it — out of my admiration for their best work .
To understand the biggest design mistake Apple made in iOS 7, you have to acknowledge a fact so obvious that it can be easily overlooked: touch . The essential characteristic of iOS is touch __.__ Skin against glass . A round, squishy, inaccurate little fat pad at the end of your finger . Unlike the PCs that iOS devices replaced, everything you do on iOS is driven by your thumb pressed directly against the screen . There is no intermediary device. Simply put, the importance of touch on iOS cannot be overstated .
Good iOS app design is obsessed with touch __.__ Bad iOS app design takes touch for granted. We’ve all seen apps that look like they were designed by talented print designers, apps with beautiful screenshots and tasteful typography that nevertheless fall apart disgracefully as soon as you actually try to use them . These apps don’t fail for lack of talent. They fail because their designers have the wrong process . They’re beginning with aesthetics and squeezing in the interactions wherever they have room to fit . The right process moves in the opposite direction. A good iOS app designer begins with touch, and only afterwards chooses aesthetics that complement and enhance the underlying touchable structure . iOS 7 has been designed with the wrong process.
What makes something touchable ?
For things that scroll or zoom, touchability means that the content under your finger moves with your touch, without any lag or jitters . iOS 7 does as good a job with this as with previous iOS versions . In some cases it does it even better, as in the new swipe-to-go-back gesture in apps like Safari and Mail, or the bouncy physics that you can see when swiping up the Control Center .
For buttons, touchability requires something different . Touchable buttons need borders. By “borders” I don’t mean outlines, (although outlines are included in my usage of the word) . I mean borders in a broader sense. A button is a tappable area, clearly delineated from the un-tappable content around it by an obvious border .
Borders around buttons can be real or implied . A real border is like the roundrect shape around a “Buy” button on the App Store . An implied border is like those around the toolbar icons at the bottom of the Safari screen .
Implied borders are easy to get wrong . Care must be taken to make sure that aesthetic choices don’t obscure where one button ends and another begins . This is why iOS app designers make all toolbar icons fit into a roughly square shape . When set together in a row, adequately spaced, the eye can perceive the 44-by-44 point implied border around each button .
iOS 7’s designers have abandoned bordered buttons in favor of borderless colored text . I think this choice is unjustifiable. It is the root cause of my deep dislike for how it feels to use iOS 7 . It introduces unnecessary tension and makes everything less usable than it ought to be .
Color alone simply cannot be the way to identify a button __. You don’t touch a color. You touch an area .__ To activate a button, you must touch a spot inside of its boundary . Text floating in the middle of vast whitespace doesn’t define a boundary . Only borders define boundaries.
Compare the navigation bar buttons from the native Twitter share sheet with those from Tweetbot’s navigation bar:
In the iOS 7 share sheet, there are three text labels: Cancel, Twitter, and Post . Which of these three are buttons and which ones are not ? Those of us who are lucky enough to have good vision might correctly guess that the blue ones are buttons, but what if we were color blind ? Furthermore, how do we know whether or not the title doubles as a tappable button, like the title button in Tweetbot that can be used to toggle the source list ?
The Tweetbot title button is obvious because it’s enclosed by obvious borders . If Tweetbot were redesigned to strictly adhere to the iOS 7 paradigm, it would be impossible to know whether or not the title was tappable . What if this fictional Tweetbot made the title blue also . Wouldn’t that actually make it harder to distinguish buttons from inert labels ?
There are many other examples in iOS 7 of how the lack of borders creates a dizzying confusion . The Contacts app is a particularly strong example:
How do we know that “John” and “Appleseed” are editable ? They’re not blue . They’re black, borderless, and floating some inscrutable distance from one another and from the other elements above and below them . How do we know that they are separate text fields, and not one big multiline text view ? Is “Company” editable? If so, where does it’s tappable region end and the “add phone” area begin ? Likewise, what about the empty region between “add phone” and “add email” ? Are the cell separator lines defining a tappable boundary around the “add email” row ? You’d be forgiven for assuming so, since those lines create the impression of a tall tappable row, but you’d be wrong .
I imagine that folks might argue that web page links are examples of buttons made solely from colored text . Aren’t people already familiar enough with links on the web that using the same paradigm on iOS is a simple change ?
My counterargument is that web links are subject to the same visual risks as native buttons on iOS . Links can be just as confusing if not treated carefully . Links that use not only a different color but also some other means of differentiation, like a heavier font weight or an underline, are easier to use than links based on color alone . This is why Mobile Safari paints a dark grey roundrect over a link’s tap boundary when it’s pressed . It makes it explicit exactly which link you’ve tapped:
Apple’s goal of refining iOS down to its essential elements is a noble one . The video that they played again at the October Event yesterday is full of inspiring ideas . Unfortunately, much of iOS 7 suffers from an overzealous fixation on the reduction of visual flourish, ignoring the deeper functional roles that the previous visual effects performed . Buttons don’t have to be made from green felt or stitched leather, but they still need to look like buttons .
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I’ve personally had no problems with battery life since upgrading to iOS 7, and after using the initial developer preview betas noticed a big hike in performance as the software was further refined . However my experiences on an iPhone 5 have not necessarily been mirrored across the board, and there are enough users complaining about sub-par longevity since updating their software .
Enough to warrant an article about furthering your phone’s juice , anyway . You’ll be pleased to know there are a few steps you can take to make your phone last longer under iOS 7, though they’ll cost you in terms of shiny new features .
Turn Off Background App Refresh __ __
In iOS 7, Apple has attempted to strike the perfect balance between running background processes and preserving battery life using a technology known as Background App Refresh . This allows apps to take note of your habits and refresh periodically in the background at times of low-usage . If you read the news every day at 8am, Background App Refresh will take note and try to have your news reader refreshed and ready to go before you start your day (provided the app supports it) .
While this is a nice feature to have access to (and has many more applications beyond the oft-mentioned news reader analogy), you can choose to turn this feature off entirely from the Settings > General > Background App Refresh menu . If you’d only like to allow certain apps to use the new feature, you can disable it on a per-app basis . Take note of apps with a small pointer next to them, as they use location services in the background as well .
As the feature is designed to minimise battery use, only kicking in at times of low-load, your mileage may vary in terms of added battery life .
AirDrop, Bluetooth & Brightness __ __
If you have an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S (or one of the latest iPads), you’ll also have access to an iOS-to-iOS wireless transfer method known as AirDrop . The technology allows two users to send each other files, contacts and everything else from the share menu . By default it’s on, broadcasting your availability to nearby devices and potentially wasting precious juice .
You can disable AirDrop from Control Centre, accessed by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen . Tap AirDrop then Off to disable it, though be aware you can still send files to others from the Share menu via the protocol . Control Centre also holds a few other useful battery saving controls, like the ability to quickly disable Bluetooth and manually reduce screen brightness (a huge drain on battery) with a flick of your finger .
Disable Parallax __ __
For what it’s worth, I quite like the parallax effect included in iOS 7 which adds an element of depth to your device as you tilt the screen around – but others don’t . In this instance you can disable it from the Settings > General > Accessibility menu under the Reduce Motion setting .
It’s unclear how much battery life will be impacted by doing this, but it’s bound to give you a small bump .
Spring Clean Your Settings __ __
This has nothing to do with iOS 7, but it might help save you some juice anyway . By running through your settings you might find that you’re able to save a significant amount of battery life just by doing without certain features . Notifications are arguably the biggest drain that many of us face throughout the day, so heading over to Settings > Notification Centre and turning off all non-critical notifications will result in less drain .
Tap on each app you would like to change the settings for, and select None to disable notifications entirely . You can also remove individual apps from Notification Centre using the settings below this option .
Disabling push email is another great way of saving some juice, particularly if you receive a lot of mail throughout the day . If you don’t need to be notified the second an email comes in (and lets face it, most of us don’t) then you can choose to fetch your mail instead . You can change this setting under Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data then disabling Push . You can also specify a period to check for new mail, with the longer you specify resulting in better battery life .
Finally turning off Siri’s raise to speak feature (if you haven’t already) might also help somewhat, accessible under Settings > General > Siri .
Restore As New __ __
This is anecdotal, but many users swear that restoring their phone or tablet in iTunes (by connecting the device, selecting it and choosing Restore on the Summary tab) and then setting the phone up “as new” results in better battery life . This has probably more to do with the fact that a brand new phone isn’t receiving push notifications from 30 different apps, but some claim that user data can also be to blame .
According to many users, restoring as new (and not from a backup) while using iCloud to backup your most important information (contacts, calendars and so on) then re-syncing with iCloud after restoring is most effective . Your app purchases are safe, as you can re-download again from the Updates tab under Purchased through the App Store, but the hassle involved in getting your phone set back up the way you love it sounds like a bit of a nightmare to me .
I’d personally be very hesitant to try this before resorting to the option below – so proceed with caution, and backup anyway before you restore your device in iTunes .
Contact Apple __ __
Sometimes things go wrong, and when they do it’s handy to be able to return to the manufacturer to get the problem sorted once and for all . If you really think there’s a problem with your device, be it a dud battery or other component causing unnecessary drain, you can always return to Apple at one of their retail locations, or via their support website for further help .
Naturally, it helps if your device is still under warranty but those of you with AppleCare can also make an appointment with relative confidence in the service . That’s not to say that those of you out of warranty who don’t have AppleCare can’t do this, with Apple quoting $79 plus shipping for an iPhone battery replacement and $99 plus shipping for iPad owners on their battery replacements page .
Have you experienced poor iOS 7 battery life ? Had any luck resolving it? Leave your own tips in the comments.
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Oct 25 2013 at 01:10 AM
The latest operating system from Apple came with a total redesign, with the American giant moving to the flat trend and breaking all things we knew about them . But flat has been around for quite some time already and designers get more and more familiar with it, so they start spending their free time on designing resources for iOS 7 .
Icons are some of the most popular resources designers create and this is also what we are going to look over today . Not any types of icons though, but redesigns of iOS 7 icons .
Here are nice examples of iOS 7 Flat Icons __ __
Mail icons __ __
We start with different mail icons redesign . Some of them are designed in the same style, while others are a bit more original, but they are all easy to understand and would work well at small sizes if they would have to be used at the actual iOS icon size .
The fifth example is my favorite one, because it is extremely simple, just like iOS 7 is supposed to be, while some of the other ones would not really work well without a colored background .
Safari icons __ __
Some of the most popular icons redesign for iOS 7 is the one for Safari, because not many thought the original design was good enough . So below you can see some amazing examples of Safari flat icon redesign . If we look at all of them, some are “more flat” than others, but they would all look very good on my iPhone .
FaceTime __ __
I don’t see FaceTime as a very useful app on my phone, therefore it is hidden somewhere in a folder on the last screen . But I am sure many people use it . It seems, however, that it was not the most popular icon to redesign, therefore I have only few examples of it . I particularly like the one with the green background, but the other one is not that bad either .
Messages icons __ __
Unlike FaceTime, Messages is one of the most important functionality of iOS and there are some good icon redesigns here below . All of them are very simple and would most likely work well in small sizes . They all come in pretty much the same color scheme, which is also normal, considering Messages has always been a “green icon” .
Camera icons __ __
You can see above a camera icon alongside the Messages icon, therefore now we move onto another important functionality of the iPhone, the camera . Most of them are designed in the same style and even have some of the same color shades, but they all have something special of its own, so it’s worth mentioning either one of them .
Settings icons __ __
There are not lots of redesigns for the settings iOS 7 icon, but the ones that are available are actually quite good looking, so let’s take a look at them together .
Music icons __ __
If there is something all of us do on our iPhones that is listening to music, so it was obvious people would start playing with the icon sooner or later . Below can you find some great examples of redesigns for the app icon .
iTunes Store __ __
If music is important, the iTunes Store is where we actually buy our music (hopefully all of us do) . Not many redesigns of this one, but you can still find some nice ones here below .
App Store __ __
The only decent icon redesigned for the App Store is the one below . Not many redesigns considering the App Store is where we always go for updates and to purchase apps .
Calendar icons __ __
If there is an application lots of designers jumped onto redesigning, then that is the Calendar app . You can see below some very original examples, as well as some ones that copy the original iOS flat style, only with other small elements that make a difference .
Clock app __ __
The Clock app is also one of the most redesigned ones, so you will be able to see below lots of good examples of redesigns that you might even use for inspiration in your own projects .
My favourite is the last one, with the sleek, red round border, although if it were me, I would definitely make a bigger difference between the indicators and emphasize which is which .
Weather app __ __
The icon for the weather app has also been redesigned many times, although the feedback for the original iOS 7 icons has not been negative at all, compared to other apps . I believe some of the designs below are good, but not much better than the original one, which I am quite a big fan of .
Stocks icons __ __
Although not something I use a lot, I believe the Stocks app icon looks quite good in the original iOS 7, but this doesn’t mean I can’t show you some good redesigns too .
Passbook icons __ __
Another icon that seems to have gotten good feedback is Passbook, therefore not many redesigns of it can be found on the web . The two decent ones that I found, though, can be seen right below .
Phone icons __ __
Another app icon that has been quite popular within the design community is the iOS 7 Phone app, which has been redesigned quite a few times . Some of the best examples can be seen below.
That’s it for today folks, I hope you got some inspiration from these resources and that you will maybe create your own redesigns . If you will do it, we would love to promote your work if it is high quality, so don’t forget to write to us .
Christian Vasile Christian Vasile is an enthusiastic Romanian web designer currently living in Denmark . You can follow him on Twitter at @christianvasile or visit his web portfolio at christianvasile.com . __ __
Oct 24 2013 at 01:31 AM
From scratch, in a day’s work __ __
Last weekend, I participated in the AngelHack Hong Kong with a team of engineers . It was a fantastic experience . After much discussion, we came up with the idea to build a simple, location-based chat app called Ripple .
The hacking begins .
The Problem To Solve __ __
When we sat together that day, we came accross a pretty daunting experience in sharing our workflow and ideas to each other . I never worked with most of the engineers there before . There was no easy way to quickly set up a group chat . We had to rely on one of the messaging tools: Facebook, Skype or WhatsApp . Ultimately, we chose Facebook. The horrible experience started with having to find each other’s Facebook and set up a group chat . That endeavour itself required a lot of communication in real life . After about 5 minutes of browsing the site prolonged by another 5 minutes of multi-tasking and lag in communication, we were set . That’s 9 minutes 55 seconds too much.
Alternatively, we could have used Skype, but nobody in Hong Kong uses it, and WhatsApp, while being hugely popular in HK, requires that you share your phone number or email . People have trouble typing an email address. They also hesitate to share their phone number with people they’ve just met . And all of those tools had one problem in common: they require a long signup process for any new user to the platform . If you’re not already on the network, you don’t feel compelled to signup in the midst of a spontaneous conversation .
So we set out to create the shortest signup and the simplest chatting experience . Our goal was to allow any person to chat with people nearby in less than 5 seconds after they download the App .
Designing For iOS7 __ __
This was my first time designing for iOS7 . But I quickly picked up the style since it’s all focused on naked colors, beautiful icons and typography . The first thing I did was to select the blue color for Ripple . Then, as I wanted to add some depth and play with color combinations, I simply downloaded a few backgrounds and blurred them to see how they would harmonize with the blue . For the font, I settled on Museo Sans . As for the icons, I thought PixelLove was fitting for the iOS7 design language .
iOS7 design language
It’s been almost a year that I’ve been using Sketch now and I’m happy to say that it has cut my design execution in half, allowing me to spend more time on animations and the functional aspects . I’ve also had more time to spend on actual engineering lately (which I’ll share soon enough) . I’ve been using Artboards increasingly for its useful presets for iOS screens and icons . The Sketch Mirror feature allowed me to quickly view my designs on my iPhone and swipe through screens (Artboards) .
Exporting assets in consistent sizes and positioning using Artboards in Sketch
The Signup Screen __ __
I wanted to create the shortest signup process . For simplicity’s sake, the only info needed was the screen name . But just having names doesn’t create the most interesting conversations . That’s when I took inspiration from the iOS7’s camera feature . I noticed that when you switch between the photo formats, the camera’s image dynamically blurs . That sense of depth and directness was something I wanted to emphasize in my design . The result is a signup screen with a live front-camera photo with the background being the blurred version of that photo . The keyboard would be open immediately and would be focused on the screen name . That was it.
One field immediately focused, live camera photo and live blurred camera photo .
The Chatroom __ __
As soon as you open the App, you are greeted with a list of Chatrooms that have been created by people near you . Like this, you don’t have to worry whether or not others have added you . It’s like Airdrop, but for a one-to-many connection . As a sidenote, we discussed that could potentially use Airdrop’s technology to quickly invite people in .
The chatting screen .
For the chatroom itself, I was inspired by iMessage for its parallax and springing effect . It’s fun. I adapted the concept and added the photos, which immediately made the Chatroom more interesting . Additionally, I added the list of people active with their Facebook/Twitter contacts .
The list of people chatting would appear on top of the messages so you can follow the conversation while viewing the list . Once you made the first quick conversation, you can easily share your contact info . The owner can quickly edit the bio, Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp directly from this page .
The Flinto Prototype __ __
I must have told 10 people at the Hackathon about Flinto . They were all impressed. The end result truly feels like a native App. As I designed new screens, I quickly uploaded them to Flinto and created the interactions . That was hugely helpful to the engineers who could test the flow on their phone as they were designed . From there, the adaptation to the real App was smooth and easy to compare to the design .
Prototyping in 5 mins using Flinto .
Here is the Flinto Prototype . Open from your iPhone 5/s for an optimal experience .
The iOS7 App __ __
Luckily, I found an iOS engineer that loved pushing the envelope . I loved asking “could we do this, could we do that ? ? ” and I loved hearing “yes, yes and yes”. That’s always a good sign .
Then, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that he used Storyboard in his worlflow . Most iOS engineers that I’ve talked to don’t want to touch Storyboard at all . Having an engineer that welcomes of use of Storyboard opens up collaborations between designers and developers since Storyboard is simple enough for designers to adventure in . This would be equivalent to have designers do the HTML/CSS instead of the developer .
Xcode 5 Storyboard . Simple enough.
In the end, we managed to implement the most challenging screens: Signup and Chatroom . We used libraries from Cocoapods for the blurred live camera image and for the springing parallax effect . As for the Backend, we set up Parse . Unfortunately, due to lack of time, we didn’t connect the real data to the demo App that would be presented to the Judges .
We Didn’t Win __ __
We didn’t pocket the first prize at the AppHack . We were however selected as one of the Top 9 among 26 teams. Considering that we never worked with each other before and that we had spent 5 hours to agree on the concept, we did okay . Every idea is stupid and has been done before, I thought . It’s the execution that counts.
This is a triumph for our team. Many got excited on the Signup screen and commented on the ease of use of the design . Some people in the audience even asked when the App would be launched . That’s the reaction I was seeking . I design products for people to use.
We’ll keep simplifying . With the right collaboration, there is no reason why a simple App can’t be executed in a day .
Special thanks to AngelHack’s co-founder Greg Gopman for hosting the event, to the Judges for their invaluable advices and to team Ripple .
Oct 24 2013 at 12:34 AM
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