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iOS 7 preview: Multitasking for every app, coalesced and just-in-time

iOS 7 preview: Multitasking for every app, coalesced and just-in-time

iOS 7 multitasking not only packs an all new card and icon hybrid interface, but a new way for every app to multitask, intelligently, and without a huge hit to battery life or performance. iOS 7 finally brings multitasking to everyone on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. And by everyone, I mean...
iOS 7 preview: Sprite Kit and UIKit dynamics promise easier games, game-like apps

iOS 7 preview: Sprite Kit and UIKit dynamics promise easier games, game-like apps

I've written a lot already about how Apple is changing the interface game by making iOS 7 not only objectified but gamified. It almost feels like you play it as much as you use it. The original iPhone's interface required OpenGL support to such a level that it eventually birthed a mobile gaming...
iOS 7 preview: Notification Center gets new Today screen, predictive traffic info, and more!

iOS 7 preview: Notification Center gets new Today screen, predictive traffic info, and more!

Notification Center now provides drop-down access not only to all your alerts, but your most recently missed alerts, and includes an all-new, contextual Today screen as well as Lock screen access! Notification Center debuted in iOS 5 as way to quickly, easily see all your system and push...
iOS 7 and renewing the threat of native apps

iOS 7 and renewing the threat of native apps

iOS 7 might be objectified and gamified, but it's also a challenge to every commodity hardware maker and web-based app platform. That, according to Allan Pike: By hanging up their rich textures in favour of rich effects, Apple has gone well beyond a coat of paint. If people fall in love with...
Should Apple bring the iOS 7 design language to OS X? [Poll]

Should Apple bring the iOS 7 design language to OS X? [Poll]

Should Apple make OS X look like iOS 7? Should Apple bring iOS 7's new, clarified, deferential, depth-driven look and feel OS X? For the last few years Apple has worked diligently and deliberately to bring iOS nomenclature and metaphors back to the Mac, and create a more consistent experience...
iOS 7 preview: Inter-App Audio isn't contracts or intents, but is a start

iOS 7 preview: Inter-App Audio isn't contracts or intents, but is a start

While full-on inter-app communications -- similar to Android's intents or Windows Phone's contracts -- were high up on many geek's iOS 7 must-have list, nothing of the sort was announced by Apple at WWDC 2013. Well, almost nothing. Apple has added inter-app communications to iPhone and iPad, they...
Iterate 49: iOS 7 design special (Part 2)

Iterate 49: iOS 7 design special (Part 2)

Chris Clark, Brad Ellis, Louie Mantia, Neven Mrgan, Rene Ritchie discuss iOS 7 and the new design language Apple unveiled for it at WWDC 2013, including icons, fonts, physics, interactions, and more. (Part 2 of a 2 part special edition.) Subscribe via iTunes...
Apple releases iOS 7 beta for iPad and iPad mini

Apple releases iOS 7 beta for iPad and iPad mini

The just-released iOS 7 beta 2 has now hit Apple's developer portal and the big news is -- an iPad version is now available for download alongside the iPhone and iPod touch version. Two weeks ago, at WWDC 2013, Apple released iOS 7 beta 1 but restricted it to iPhone and iPod touch only, saying an...
Apple releases iOS 7 Beta 2 - Developers, go get it!

Apple releases iOS 7 Beta 2 - Developers, go get it!

Apple has just released iOS 7 Beta 2 to developers. It's now available over-the-air (OTA) and on-device via Settings > General > Software Update, and should be soon as complete download via developer.apple.com as well. The only public-facing information about it right now is that it...
iOS 7 Preview: Control Center promises quick access to all your most common toggles

iOS 7 Preview: Control Center promises quick access to all your most common toggles

Control Center provides one-swipe access to to all your settings and media controls from anywhere on your iPhone or iPad! Quick access to system-level toggles has been one of the most constant, consistent power-user feature requests -- nay, demands -- for years now. Everything from jailbreak...
How iOS 7 compares to previous versions [Chart]

How iOS 7 compares to previous versions [Chart]

iOS 7, at least as much as we saw of it at WWDC 2013, compared at a glance with previous major releases. We began including version charts in our reviews last year, including our monster iOS 6 review, and we'll be doing more with this come the fall. For now, however, I'll just leave it here so...
Now that there’s iOS in the Car, what are the odds of iOS on the Camera? [Poll]

Now that there’s iOS in the Car, what are the odds of iOS on the Camera? [Poll]

Should Apple make iOS for Cameras? Should Apple bring iOS 7 to cameras? At WWDC 2013 Apple announced a new feature called iOS in the Car, which pushes iOS interface and interaction from a connected device to a car's in-dash display. There were a number of companies signed up for the program, so...
iOS 7 and the state of the jailbreak: Is there still a need?

iOS 7 and the state of the jailbreak: Is there still a need?

When Apple announced iOS 7 last week at WWDC, I wasn't surprised to see that many jailbreak concepts had again made their way into stock iOS. If anything, this year more than ever, Apple took lots of cues from jailbreak tweaks new and old and made them their own in a way that only Apple can do....
Iterate 48: iOS 7 design special (Part 1)

Iterate 48: iOS 7 design special (Part 1)

Loren Brichter, Sebastiaan de With, Marc Edwards, Rene Ritchie, and Dave Wiskus discuss iOS 7 and the new design language Apple unveiled for it at WWDC 2013, including icons, fonts, physics, interactions, and more. (Part 1 of a 2 part special edition.)...
Cracking the iOS 7 icon superellipse formula

Cracking the iOS 7 icon superellipse formula

Not only does iOS 7 seem to ever-so-slightly increase the size of iPhone icons, it seems to move away from the more common rounded-rectangle shape to the more complex superellipse. Hopefully Apple will provide tools to make generating curves of this type easier for developers and designers, but...
iOS 7 and a second coat of paint

iOS 7 and a second coat of paint

Parts of iOS 7 shown off by Apple during the WWDC Keynote and on Apple.com look like we're still seeing the design briefs or wireframes rather than the final assets. Palettes have been chosen, elements have been put in place, but so far it looks like iOS 7 hasn't been given the level of polish we...
OS X 10.9

Apple reportedly extending OS X 10.9 and iOS 7 testing beyond developers

Registered Apple developers have been able to test OS X 10.9 Mavericks and iOS 7 since their announcement at WWDC 2013, but reports are now emerging that Apple is widening the reach of both slightly. According to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, selected Apple retail employees are now receiving an...
Mock up iOS 7 screens in Photoshop with this file

Mock up iOS 7 screens in Photoshop with this file

User experience (UX) design studio Teehan+Lax is offering a free downloadable Photoshop file containing interface elements from the first beta release of iOS 7. You can grab the iOS7 GUI PSD file by visiting their Web site. Teehan+Lax said that the file is being offered "to help you pitch,...
How to downgrade iOS 7 beta back to iOS 6

How to downgrade iOS 7 beta back to iOS 6

Lots of people itch to try new iOS beta versions when they become available and iOS 7 has definitely attracted lots of people that were curious to try out the new features ahead of time. If you were one of those and didn't heed our warning about betas, you may find yourself frustrated with lots...
Game controller support in iOS 7 is a step in the right direction

Game controller support in iOS 7 is a step in the right direction

Introducing iOS 7 at WWDC last week, Apple's Craig Federighi mentioned MFi game controller support in passing. Apple's announcement has long-term ramifications for iOS 7 as viable gaming platform. Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod MFi is a licensing program Apple offers to developers. It enables...

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