iOS 7 Concept Features Widgets, New Lock Screen, Mission Control and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this week, a number of Apple-focused bloggers claimed iOS 7 was running behind schedule and that it would bring a significant user interface refresh.

    Designer F. Bianco has posted a set of images to Flickr with some interesting thoughts on what useful changes Apple could make to iOS 7 to improve the user experience. Apple's user interfaces will likely face new scrutiny now that Facebook has laid out a new vision for how phone users interact with their devices with Facebook Home.

    One of the more interesting concepts that Bianco shows is a 'widget' mode for apps that allows users to see quick information or change app settings straight from the home screen, as well as a quickly accessible settings screen that can slide out from the side to quickly adjust settings.

    Turning Bluetooth on and off, for example, takes four distinct steps and the process could be much improved with a quickly accessible preferences screen.

    Article Link: iOS 7 Concept Features Widgets, New Lock Screen, Mission Control and More
  2. 32KFJ macrumors regular


    May 28, 2012
  3. bchery21 macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    This would be great imo...hopefully iOS7 addresses some of these issues
  4. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
  5. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    THIS LOOKS EPIC. Apple, take some damn notes.
  6. Rocco83 macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2011
    Not a major overhaul, but a major upgrade imho.
  7. Mike MA macrumors 65816

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    I never understood the additional steps compared to turning on/off flight mode to be honest.
  8. viperGTS macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    I'm pretty content with the usability of iOS 6... That's just me though. The widgets are cool, but double tapping is an odd gesture.
  9. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Pretty much. "Here's something totally made up by some random guy that has no influence on what Apple is already doing!"
  10. aheying7 macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2012
    I thought this was like actual news not speculation. ):
  11. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    Some of the ideas are good but the widgets concept is about as dumb as it is on Android. Why not just open the app and get the full deal rather than the limited info that comes with widgets? The apps on iOS open blazing fast. It's not like opening Photoshop or something on a slow spinning hard disk.

    Heck, I never use widgets even on my old slow Mac. And Apple has had widgets on Mac since forever it seems. I'm pretty sure they know full well whether people on average find them useful or not. My guess is not really.
  12. testcard macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2009
    Middle England
    I'd put Tim Cook on my Xmas card list if I could toggle Bluetooth from the home screen.
  13. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    people are going to start moaning about all apps being newsstand-y
  14. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    If even half of those concepts come to fruition, iOS7 will be a major upgrade.
  15. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    I'd venture to guess that it's because unlike Flight Mode, Bluetooth has additional options like pairing and selecting devices, etc. Its not as simple as on/off. While they could have a menu option for on/off and then the other options in a submenu below it, this is Apple. They want to keep things as clean as possible and having Bluetooth take up 2 spaces in the Settings wouldn't work with that.
  16. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Yay screen sh--- oh wait, no just a cool concept video created by someone with no relation to Apple that will never see the light of day. *sigh*
  17. somethingelsefl macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    It's official. This comment is everywhere. It's the new "Safari is snappier" and "Steve Jobs wouldn't have..."

    A quick forum search showed that this comment is happening almost once a day now.
  18. Sixtafoua macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
    These are all nice improvements, but I don't think it's the extreme design change apple is looking to make in iOS 7
  19. buckers macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2010
    Anglesey, UK
    I quite fancy some visual tweaks. Nothing major, but I'm a bit tired of all the shiny glass, but maybe that's just me. Nice video
  20. mattster16 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2004
    "Apple's user interfaces will likely face new scrutiny now that Facebook has laid out a new vision for how phone users interact with their devices with Facebook Home."

    Facebook home is nothing but hype. Doesn't look appealing to me or anyone I've talked to. The last thing I want is a constant facebook stream of pictures of other people's babies and whiny and/or self-promoting status updates flooding my phone (which is all facebook has become as I've gotten older). Just look at the facebook demographics, its users are aging and young people aren't adopting it. People who tend to use Facebook the most are also on the lower end of the economic scale. Facebook is on its way out.

    iOS really does need an interface update though.
  21. mytakeontech macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2010
    News are not slow..they are in normal speed is just that not so great news!!
  22. sza macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2010
    Can we add another column in next generation of iPhone and make it wider?
  23. gugy macrumors 68030

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    I agreed.
    They at Apple will go further to simplify things IMO. While some of this guy suggestions are good, the overall look still much like the old one.
  24. aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    That's actually all really ugly and poorly thought out to me.

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