The 2013 WWDC will take place from June 10-14 in San Francisco, focusing on new software products, mainly iOS 7 and OS X 10.9. Based on the last year's iOS 6 launch, chances are that the iOS 7 will be announced in June and the release date will be September.
The iOS 7 is said to be more customized and Apple has promised to give devices "an in-depth look at what's next in iOS and OS X". Let's now take a glance at what these improvements in iOS 7 might include.
The biggest and most expected iOS 7 rumors will definitely be the launch of a mobile payment system, a streaming music service and new features and services to iCloud. Apple enthusiast and digital designer F. Bianco has posted a set of images to Flickr with some interesting iOS 7 concepts. One of the most intriguing is a 'widget' mode for apps, where users will only see a quick snippet of info from the app - see photos above. Another area that is rumored to improve with iOS 7 is Apple's home screen. The home screen has remained unchanged for a while and has some serious potential. Some of the home screen concepts can be seen in the video below.
Both of the 2 features have been rumored and expected for a long time. Android already has mobile payments with Google Wallet, although it has yet to catch on. If Apple develops a sleek solution it has some serious potential. iRadio as some as expecting the Apple music streaming service to be called will compete with Spotify and Pandora. iTunes is very powerful and smooth on iOS already, so this has some serious potential for Apple fans.
We have to admit that Android has done a much better job in the notifications menu. Apple has already "borrowed" the drop down list to show emails, texts and other notifications, and it would be a good idea to add a quick settings portion to this. This would prevent users from having to go into the "Settings" menu to execute simple commands such as turning on/off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connections.
Some quick settings in the notifications menu would be good. It's convenient to turn on or off your WiFi because going in Settings menu just to turn your Wi-Fi on/off doesn't feel that great as getting in notifications menu and press a button. Same goes for GPS, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, and much more.
According to the Wall Street Journal in late March 2013, Jonathan Ive is pushing for a starker and simpler design for iOS 7, which reminds us of what Microsoft has done to the desktop in Windows 8. Having dominated for so long with the iPhone, Cupertino may have been resting on their laurels. However, things have started to shift in the mobile market: Android is starting to take design seriously and even companies like Facebook, who traditionally isn't in the phone market, is producing well designed, modern interfaces. With new designers joined Apple, iOS 7 is likely to have a refreshed design.
We need to wait sometime before Apple unveils iOS 7, but many people already start to worry about whether they would lose important data on iPhone after the update, just like that with iOS 6. We will not panic as long as we have iPhone Data Recovery to recover all photos, text messages, contacts, notes, etc. Just download the trail version to have a try.