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What Do We Want Out of iOS 7?
By: Greg Dorn
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It seems that as the years have gone by, Apple has waited longer and longer to announce new products, features, and software. On the other hand, maybe it just seems that way. I’m going to go with the latter. Because in reality, it was only seven months ago that Apple literally revamped all of its hardware, including the impossibly spectacular iPhone 5 and the long-awaited iPad Mini. One might see this as quite the generous offering, but Apple fans tend to be the most impatient, unrealistic consumers around. So when WWDC, Apple’s annual Developer’s Conference announced it would commence on June 10, the Apple faithful let out a collective sigh of relief.
Will we see new hardware? That remains to be seen. But the invitation clearly states we will get an inside look into iOS 7 and OS 10.9. Rumors have circulated that iOS remains so behind schedule, Apple is pulling engineers from OS X to work on the new mobile operating system. And with Jony Ive taking the reigns of iOS for the first time since Scott Forstall’s departure, it’s safe to say we can expect some drastic changes. Here’s what we might see come June 10.
Brand new UI. Anyone who closely follows Apple knows Jony Ive is not the biggest fan of skeuomorphism. For those unfamiliar with the term, this is the act of creating a particular design to resemble real-life objects (think the address book icon for the Contacts app or the yellow notepad for the Notes app). While I have never had a problem with such trivial features, Apple fanatics have been longing for a cleaner, more flattened UI. Most say Ive’s tastes fit those desires.
Catching up to the competition. We’ve known for a while now that the iPhone is no longer the only cool kid on the block. Smartphone makers such as HTC, Samsung, Nokia, and BlackBerry have all stepped up their game with killer features, leaving iOS 6 in the dust. One of the most prominent iPhone contenders, Samsung’s Galaxy S IV, has the ability to scroll up and down by tilting the phone, as well as eye sensors that stop a video from playing when looking away. If Apple intends to keep up with a growing number of impressive handsets, iOS 7 better have some head-turning capabilities.
Will Apple open its doors? Apple notoriously has kept the doors of its mobile operating system tightly closed to third parties. Unless you jailbreak your iPhone, you’re pretty much limited to what iOS can give you. Android, on the other hand, seems to be on the other spectrum of the scale. With the new Facebook Home, many handsets running the Android OS can be transformed into what many have dubbed the “Facebook phone.” Will Apple take notice and loosen its stronghold on iOS? Again, only time will tell.
What features, changes, or capabilities are you hoping to see in iOS 7? Let us know in the comments below.

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About the Author
Greg Dorn is a blogger, writer, and obsessed with everything technology and social media. Greg is absolutely captivated with the recent advancements in mobile gadgets, making our world more seamlessly connected. You can learn more about him on his own blog here
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