iOS 11: Big. Bold. Beautiful (?)

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by LordQ, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    I was wondering, what if more stock apps in iOS 11 get the News and Apple Music treatment? Bigger and bolder fonts, more focus on content and that card UI, so I created these:





    what do you think?
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
  3. Mlrollin91, Jan 27, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2017

    Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    It burns!!

    As others have said. Great mockup. Just not my style.
  4. mark-vdw macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2013
    I think you did a good job showing what the style would look like in other apps, but I'm not a fan of the style itself. Your mockups make it even more clear. It's good for subway signs and Ikea manuals but I don't like it on my phone. It wastes a lot of screen real estate and feels like it's shouting at me all the time.

    On top of that, it hides functionality in confusing ways, not consistent with the rest of the OS paradigm. Even just sorting songs by artist instead of by album is harderto do than bedore.

    Within the whole OS, it stands out like a sore thumb, or like an old skeuomorphic app in iOS 7. I wonder if Jimmy and Dre insisted their own designers should determine the look & feel of their app. It doesn't feel like a Jony Ive job.
  5. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
  6. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    You did an excellent job showing what it would look like, but personally, I would not be a fan of that design. I like the way there are going now with more like transparent cards and more swiping between cards than tapping. It's hard to explain, but the iOS 10 design I think is gorgeous how they did the frosted transparent cards.

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  7. Bathplug macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
  8. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I think Jony Ive is not the creative brain behind these designs. iOS 7 was all about ‘Swiss style’ minimalism, with basic colours, simple shapes and thin strokes (in lines and fonts). This is almost the antithesis of this: bulky, clumsy and the layering of translucency upon translucency is reminiscent of the ‘clutter and ornamentation’ that Ive specifically wanted to get away from.

    I think the influence is mostly coming from watchOS, whose UI designer was Alan Dye (the current VP of ‘human interface design’). On watchOS, the UI components are so large that they cover most of the screen (which makes sense on an Apple Watch). This is what you can see in the music app as well, fonts and touch surfaces are upscaled to use the space (where it probably makes much less sense).

    The new design of the music app probably works well when you need to access stuff quickly, but other than that it is wasted space and unpleasant to use due to large/bold things ‘yelling for attention’. This is why iOS has a ‘zoom’ mode and customisable text sizes. That’s the way to go, not this.
  9. 3568358 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2015
    United States
  10. Goatllama, Jan 27, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2017

    Goatllama macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2015
    Mountaintop Lair
    I think it fits Calendar pretty well, but the rest are (ironically) diminished by the change.

    Ninja'd by @iA724 as I typed this! :D

    Edit: And now a N1nja liked my post. Spooky. :eek:
  11. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2016
    living hell
    Agree, only one it works for is Calendar
    It works for Music, because there's not a lot of dense text
  12. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
  13. LordQ thread starter Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Haha I love your replies, it was fun trying to imagine a few more apps with that style.
    Personally I think Apple Music (or at least the Now Playing screen) looked better in iOS 9 and I haven't been able to mess around with News in iOS 10.
  14. stooovie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2010
    I do like the look but UI design isn't just about looks. The real skill is in balancing the beautiful with the useful and intuitive.
  15. lifeowner771 macrumors newbie


    Sep 9, 2015
    Don't really like it. Looks like an updated windows phone 7.8 U.I
  16. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    --- Post Merged, Jan 27, 2017 ---
    Okay after the shock wore off... haha

    I actually like the style of the music app, and it seems to work on the other apps you made, too.

    The attachments showing as a photo (a la Google mail products, etc.), is nice....

    You know what? The more I look at them, the more I dig them.
  17. addamas macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2016
    My eyes hurts with iOS 10 music app design. I hate how iOS is looking more like crappy Windows Phone with the ugliest UI (compared only to Fiat Multipla)

    Yea, that's a second after battery life reason I stay on 9.3.5
  18. itsmilo macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2016
    I hope to god not. I hate the TV App for example and it is too simple and ugly.

    It is kinda ironic, now that even mobile devices have the power to render ui elements and everything perfectly the design pattern moves on to be barely existing.

    Also it reminds me of Zune. Ew. Remember THAT?
  19. cswifx Suspended


    Dec 15, 2016
    Inspired by Apple Music... Honestly not terrible but the Music app can be a little tedious to use sometimes.
  20. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    You are aware Apple don't design things according to your style, right? :p
    --- Post Merged, Jan 28, 2017 ---
    I'm hoping iOS 11 is more than just a basic features dump. But at the same time I also don't want them to make it 100 x more intensive so my iPhone 7 Plus slows down!
  21. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2015
    Pune, India
    i like it. wish it would be offered as an option.
  22. Jayson A macrumors 68000

    Sep 16, 2014
    I think the music app is so big because a lot of people use their music app in the car and reading small fonts isn't very easy while your phone is far away.
  23. iOSUser7, Jan 28, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2017

    iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2014
    I really like how you made this, especially the calendar app. It looks very professional, something Apple could have done.

    Apple seems to like the big bold fonts and empty space these days so why not create coherence throughout the OS and apply that new style to all the apps.
  24. Abazigal macrumors 604


    Jul 18, 2011
    I love the thicker font on calendar and notes (they look way more readable), not so much for mail (seems like there would be less space for mail previews) and contacts (can't explain why, just rubs me the wrong way).
  25. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
    I like the style in Music, News and TV.
    Would like to see it come to other Apps.

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