Will Apple Ever Change the iOS look

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Sdahe, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Sdahe macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2007
    San Juan, PR
    We all know the iPhone's iOS looks the same since the first iPhone came out... a few tweaks here and there but no big change in how it looks. Do you think Apple will ever change the look?.. How would you like it to be?
  2. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    I think there will be a major ui change in iOS 6.

    I believe Apple will take things from Mac (Launchpad, Mission control, etc.) and incorporate them in iOS
  3. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
  4. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2007
    San Juan, PR
    It would be cool to give them some ideas... I'm going to do some photoshops.. let's see what can I do..
  5. G-Mo macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2010
    Auckland, NZ
    They already took Launchpad from iOS, how would they take it back?
  6. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    We took a feature from iOS and brought it to the Mac and now we're bringing it back to iOS!....

    Wait, what????
  7. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    While I support your theory, they are features and not UI changes. I frankly don't expect UI to be radically different, but I can see things like home page (how apps are organized), multitasking tray, notification center getting some refinements and gaining features.

    That said, similar to how Aqua evolved (or phased out) in OS X, I expect somewhat subtle refinements in the UI here and there. For instance, slightly different color scheme, different texture, and basic UI elements.
  8. taedouni macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
    iOS devices have been very successful. Therefore I do not see what Apple would make any dramatic changes to change the UI.
  9. Ciclismo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    I think we probably won't see a sudden change, but more of a gradual transformation. A UI should evolve as it is easier for the user to adapt (even though they often cry that it never needed changing) and considering how easy the iOS UI already is, I don't see a need for a massive and sudden overhaul.
  10. KingJosh macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2012
  11. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    I see evolutionary updates to the UI continuing but no major changes until there are significant negative changes in the sales of i devices despite new models being released.
  12. nineteenatetwo macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2012
    When they stop selling lower res devices, maybe.
  13. TheSuperSteve macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2011
    Puerto Rico
    Wow. You got thumbed down for making perfect sense. I put you back in the neutral.

    iOS is extremely popular. Look at where Apple is now with the smartphone ownership statistics. They share half of the marker with Android. The Apple TV UI changed to be more like iOS. The Mac got Launchpad, again to be more like iOS. There is no way in the 7 hells Apple is going to drastically change something that is working so well for them.

    Change for the sake of change is bad. If you guys are bored of your iOS devices, I suggest you stop staring at your screens and go find a new hobby.
  14. TwelfthAG macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2008
    For the iPad I'd like to Apple copy the method of multitasking that was on webOS. It seems far superior to the iOS method.


    i.e. You push the home button, live cards of each app show up, you can swipe up (throw away) to close an app, or swipe left and right to see what else is running. It's almost like switching tabs in Safari, but better (no X button needed) It seems very clean and Apple-ish.
  15. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    exactly. it would be insane for there to be a drastic change in the UI. Millions upon millions are trained on the current UI.
  16. aoifeee macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2011
    I think if they change it it will only be to make it a bit sleeker looking.
  17. Jason black macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    And your battery will die..
  18. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    The Galaxy Nexus I owned for 2 weeks had multitasking like that and I must say I really loved it! Only difference was you swipe between apps in the list vertically and close them by swiping left or right.
  19. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I think the UI on the iPhone should stay the same, but I think the iPad's should get a slight overhaul. While the current one works, it's a tad boring for such a powerful device. It should take some cues from Lion for sure.
  20. MXSkier62 macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2006
    The iOS will absolutely change. At the minute the iPhone was introduced, it was obvious that the hope of future devices would be a single OS to cross all platforms/form factors.

    Microsoft has taken the first step, and having never played with anything more than the Windows phone for a few minutes, it appears that they have made the first move in consolidating OS's across devices. We would be amazingly foolish to assume that Apple is not moving in that same direction.

    iCloud is the first step to allow the devices to talk, regardless of current OS. That I would predict will first expand to other apps (such as the iPhoto app for iPad/iPhone being able to sync perfectly with its mac counterpart), and eventually to all files (music, videos, documents, and file systems).

    Finally, the last step (and by far the most radical) will be a HUGE introduction of a new Mac OS that will, in some form or another, be exactly the same as the version seen on the iPad/iPhone.

    There will be some things that will remain different (such as the size of the "stoplight" buttons on the top left), but as the average consumer becomes more knowledgeable about how to use complex devices, then more complicated operating systems may be introduced. Since the general population knowledge on using computers will be heightened, it will be easier to introduce more and more complex systems. They will still be simple to use, but will be more and more layered (in a good way).

    Anyway, yes, they will change it drastically. When that happens, I have no idea (no one outside of Apple does). But it won't be iOS, it won't be Mac OS X, it will be something else.
  21. USFLYguy macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2012
    Nip & Tuck

    It appears both through articles, blog postings, and forums from which I have read and can certainly see being the case is that the UI is slowly and methodically taking the best experiences from each of the Apple platforms and unifying them into a seamless UI experience across the entire line of Apple products. This allows a new user with little no experience to an experience user with as many shortcut keys imaginable to move seamless between one device/platform to another becomes with complete ease hence making navigation a mute issue while the focus can be totally on the tasks at hand.

    I think most of us who have several devices have started to see this migration to a seamless UI across the entire Apple plateform in the the past year and half alone...

    Once a common UI is achieved across the wide array of devices it wouldn't surprise me that major overhauls in the future UI design and functionality be the next logical deployment.

    Just my thoughts fellow Apples!
  22. macalec macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2012
    changing ios

    I hope they do change it-- only to make it more functional an easier to use.
  23. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    I disagree. I think that while it's prettier, its not as efficient. Having to swipe left to right to view the apps open it wasting time. WIth iOS on iPad its simple and easy. 4 finger swipe up and pick your app. Or four finger swipe left to right. WHat I do see being added is a clear all to the task switcher. Much like NC has.

    The other things I would like to see are in NC.
    -The ability to delete a single email or message from NC.
    -When I do clear a the whole list, message, call, etc. it should have the same effect on the app badge.

    There are more things but I think at this point we won't see a different iOS. We'll see some nice changes and advancements of iOS.
  24. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    I have this method of multitasking via jailbreaking and it is far superior than the app tray that Apple utilizes
  25. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011

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