Jun 11 AT 12:51 PM Nick Gray 68 Comments

iOS 7 gets a UI refresh – proves Android was on the right track

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If you’ve been hiding out in a cave for the past 24 hours, you probably haven’t heard that Apple unveiled iOS 7 with a brand new UI. For months, rumors have suggested that Jony Ive and his design team were working to flatten iOS and remove every last trace of skeuomorphism. Jony Ive delivered!

While the core of iOS 7 functions like previous iterations, the UI has been completely transformed, removing all the unnecessary chrome, fake wood tones, torn paper edges and felt backgrounds. While I personally feel the new design and features included in iOS 7 will make the platform a lot more compelling, there are some who can’t get over the fact that the new look borrows from Android, Windows Phone, WebOS and even Blackberry. There are a lot of new elements which feel like a complete ripoff of Android, but can we really blame Apple for being inspired by some of the best Android UI elements?

In this day and age, new and unique design is nearly impossible. There are only so many ways you can manipulate pixels and come up with a design which is clean, usable and intuitive. Lets also keep in mind that Android is open. If Apple wanted, they could simply pull out all the graphic elements from Android and incorporate them into iOS. We don’t think that will ever happen, but there’s nothing anyone could do about it if they did.

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What’s your take on the newly redesigned iOS 7 and how do you think the Android team will react with its next UI overhaul?

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • John B.

    I’m extremely flattered and disgusted and the same time

  • Alan Reboli

    I’m ok with this. I think this gives some validation (most of which I didn’t need or ask for) to the Android way of thinking. The whole ‘swipe to go back though the application’ makes way more sense. Also the quick button area is straight from android too. Over all I thought it was nice to see them finally update that old OS.

    • bduygand

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  • vforvortex

    I dont think we need apple copying android ui to know that android is on the right track. but it is sweet to rub it on apple users and them realizing they are playing catch up.

    Bit sad that 3rd parties get burned when apple takes UI’s from successful 3rd party apps. but i suppose google can be said to do that too with their hangout taking ideas from whatsapp.

    But that said, it just makes it better and pushes Google and other 3rd parties to become more innovative, similar to how Paranoid took parts of chat heads and made it more useful for all notifications. Open Source just works faster and innovates more quickly.

  • SGB101

    10min video of the beta version here.

  • alexanderharri3

    I can’t get over that ridiculous background for the quick settings….so pastel and screams “Not Apple” in so many ways….and is hard to see the actual buttons.

  • VEX

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    • ihatefanboys

      Android has been leaps and bounds ahead of Apple since day one in 2008 when the G1 was introduced. “game changer” and “innovative” are terms better suited when referencing Android, not Apple in any conversation. Apple has had essentially the same phone and the same software since 2007. iOS 7 is a new coat of paint on the same old dingy barn.

  • Jimmy_Jo

    To me it’s like a copycat MIUI ROM on mediocre hardware. It’s interesting.

  • thymeless

    Apple has always been a copycat, not an innovator. They use lots of fancy dress up and control to give the uninformed the idea that Apple was first and creative.

    • Ken Marshall

      I a hardcore Android fan… but come the faack off it! Exactly who were they copying with the iPhone? Give credit where its due. Yes there phones with grid of icons. But the whole package with multitouch inertial scrolling, a “proper” browser (still the most used mobile browser) – do you guys not remember how much browsing on a phone sucked total ass?

      The iPhone was revolutionary. without it theres no way Android, iOS, Windows Phone would look anything like they do now. And if Google hadn’t wholesale used a lot of iPhone ideas they would have taken Windows Phone- amounts of time to get to market, which would have been game over.

      Apple obviously fell asleep at the wheel a bit in terms of UI (still making tons of of cash, more than any other in mobile) but to not give them any credit for starting pretty much this ENTIRE movement we are all enjoying here is just ridiculous. iPad is STILL the tablet platform of choice btw

      • ashok pai

        If you say there’s no way the others could have produced their existing phones if not for the original iphone. I would say – it’s the exactly the same case for iphone – they wouldnt have been able to even dream of such a phone. deal with it – they did much the same now.

        the only and biggest difference is that apple ALWAYS times their products around a ripe technology, while the competitors never did that in the hopes of introducing something new too early. those slim aluminium cases for macbook air ? it was at the right time. iphone came on the back of ipod/ capacitive screens-nandram, ipods came at the end of other mp3 players. their latest long lasting laptop built on intel haswell.

      • thymeless

        Palm, WINCE, OQO, were all doing these sorts of things before Apple.

        Apple had the the Newton, but even that wasn’t the first. Psion was before that.

      • ihatefanboys

        Android in no way copied Apple. The G1 was already being developed when the original iPhone came out. If Android copied IOS, the first iphone would have had drop down notifications and multiple screens the way the G1 had. There would have been widgets, and full customization of the home screen to allow for the user to keep either app icons or pictures. So how was it copied ? The rectangular shape of the phone ? The icons for the apps ? There are limited ways to present app icons and limited ways a touch screen worked. Samsung had touchscreens long before Apple made the iPhone. In fact many speculate that Apple copied Samsungs original touchscreen idea to make the iPhone. The iphone WAS revolutionary….for the whole year it was alone before Android made it better. and now the standard. IPAD is only the choice because the populace has been uninformed up to this point, that is changing. Apple sales are sinking, slowly but surely, as their users become more and more aware theyre using substandard, outdated, and boring tech.

        • LittleDebbie11

          I think Apple has always been highly overrated, and their products have always annoyed the CRAP out of me, however I think there are several basic ui elements that Apple made mainstream, and without them our current phones would be a bit different… such as slide to unlock, high ppi & rich graphics, modern web browser, etc. These elements were floating around the industry but they all sort of converged & then Apple was like ‘We just pulled this out of thin air cause we’re time-traveling, mind-reading geniuses’ instead of the truth — which is not nearly so impressive.

          I thought the patent disputes in the last couple years brought interesting things to light. A big one was how very much Apple was trying to mimic Sony’s designs with the original iPhone. Another big one was seeing how different Google’s phone concept was before the iPhone.

          • Simon1

            Apple are just very good at marketing. Clever and sometimes deceptive adverts is what sells Apple products. But I guess that’s common now with most companies.

            The devices may be somewhat out of date but these clever adverts skim over this with fancy gimmicks like Siri painting a picture os some amazing technology to unsuspecting buyers which lets face it probably gets used a few times by most buyers until the novelty wheres off.

          • Simon1

            Apple are just very good at marketing. Clever and sometimes deceptive adverts is what sells Apple products. But I guess that’s common now with most companies.

            The devices may be somewhat out of date but these clever adverts skim over this with fancy gimmicks like Siri painting a picture of some amazing technology to unsuspecting buyers which lets face it probably gets used a few times by most buyers until the novelty wheres off.

  • thymeless

    Apple has always been a copycat, not an innovator. They use lots of fancy dress up and lockdown control to give the uninformed the idea that Apple was first and creative.

  • aakash

    “In this day and age, new and unique design is nearly impossible”. I completely disagree.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Care to share an example? Note that I used a choice qualifier before the word impossible since there are still unique designs which crop up here and there. Unfortunately, they are rare.

      • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

        New Mac Pro?

        Not saying it’s good or bad…jus’ sayin’ it’s unique. Someone definitely thought different on that one.

      • aakash

        Windows Phone 8 has a very fresh look to the mobile UI, introduced recently. Remember Gmail set a whole new level of email systems by introducing conversations in it? There are many more; I know Gmail is not a recent example but it like saying there is nothing to invent today as there are already so many inventions. You could say that “finding” them is nearly impossible, but building them is not.

        I agree that they are rare to find as it takes a lot of thinking and effort to conjure up a fresh and feasible UI.

        • ashok pai

          ALL of them are a recombinant of previous similar ideas. “embrace the remix” check that TEDtalk

      • aakash

        Windows Phone 8 has a very fresh look to the mobile UI, introduced recently. Nexus Q. Android Jelly Bean. Remember Gmail set a whole new level of email systems by introducing conversations in it? There are many more; I know Gmail is not a recent example but it like saying there is nothing to invent today as there are already so many inventions. You could say that “finding” them is nearly impossible, but building them is not.

        I agree that they are rare to find as it takes a lot of thinking and effort to conjure up a fresh and feasible UI.

      • aakash

        BTW, how do I delete my comments if posted by mistake?

  • VEX

    Copying and make it better is always good for us customers, but when other companies copying and make it better everyone call them copy cats and etc. Now apple copying and you applause them and give them a WOW efect. Im sure apple customers will be happy that at least they have something new and usefull but for android user it is nothing. So dont make something over nothing!

  • Sathariel

    I thought this was a custom Android homescreen/lockscreen when I first saw this.

  • ElvisonD

    I like the new move that Apple is making, they’re finally getting a bit soft and not being so hardheaded with the design..they’re letting loose on the UI….finally, but kinda, because the homescreen seems the same to me -___-…The color scheme of the whole thing is alright, it can go both ways….I feel as if it’s too colorful, yet simple…idk…..feature wise….nothing new compared to Android…everything iOS 7 featured now Android 4.0 has had it, that’s 2 years ago already…so Apple is still playing catch up, but at least this time, they’re moving in the right direction, so props for that…I feel as if they got a lot from Android and Windows phones, so I don’t want to hear anymore lawsuits…Apple, It’s annoying, especially when you’re the one copying….I still wouldn’t use an Iphone as my daily phone, Android has soooo much more to offer, but to all the iPhone users…enjoy, because this is finally a step in the right direction

    • iPhone user

      Thanks for a measured, well-thought out post. I’m an iphone user who is flirting with getting a nexus or other stock android device and it’s cool to read a comment from a rationale and reasonable android user. Cheers.

      • ashok pai

        oh well, it goes the other way too. only thing being this fanboy run has lasted too long, perhaps because we have all turned into gollums clutching to our “precious” phones :)

    • ihatefanboys

      A step in the right direction, sure. But it’s still too little too late. iPhone users should get out as soon as they can before Apple goes belly up and they dont support their crap phones anymore and iPhone users are left with essentially a pretty paperweight.

  • fab

    oh..i’ve been hiding in a cave..and haven’t missed anything really

  • Dr.Carpy

    This is once again quintessential Apple. Over promise, under deliver. Then watch the sycophants in the “media” herald how Apple has created utopia, conquered the final frontier, united both sides of the force, and become the Kwisatz Haderach! All joking aside, Apple is more PT Barnum. They’re great at self aggrandizing, extremely short on substance. If Android had stolen as much as Apple did now, they have every Android device shelved. Period. Media should trouncing Apple’s lackluster event an ridiculing them. However with horrible “media” such BGR,Cnet,and the hipsters paradise the verge, we’ll get more lies about Apple and creativity.

  • eugene ehrman

    Hang on its ok for apple to copy but nit samsung what’s the deal with that ps don’t support samsung copying either but to sue them for a billion dollars and then just copy android getting rid of my iphone when next upgrade comes round

    • SGB101

      This was my first thought, but I think the difference is Apples patent are Apples, and the android ones are open to use. Sort of anyway.

      But if apple have taken any of Samsungs ideas, we I will soon hear about it, don’t you worry.

  • Richard

    Android was always on the right track with their UI. It’s their OS that’s trash. Apple is smart to refine the iOS appearance (which has been remarkably stable and popular since 2007).

    • ihatefanboys

      Strange comment due to the fact the the UI is the most important part of the OS. Are you uneducated ?

  • ♥

    It is what it is.

  • jamal adam

    The icons are terrible and feel unfinished in some areas like the safari icon. I also don’t like the translucency effect that’s a part of the whole UI, it just doesn’t feel right. There are some great improvements in there as well and for Apple and it’s customers it’s a big update. All this time Apple has been suing companies for copying them but then they finally decided to do the same, I guess times are changing. Anyways, I’m just more excited for KLP and what Google has in store for us in the fall.

  • Rising33

    IPhone is gonna be god-like now to those apple fanboys lol. But definitely about time for some change.

  • B

    My 11 minute overview of iOS 7 on an iPhone 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzFqn5d3AcA

    Siri showcased on iOS 7 on iPhone 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDQ4O3sYEZA

  • donger

    Looks good. Apple playing catch-up to Android.

  • vitmain-t

    Good old WebOS cards/ multitasking. :)

    But I wouldn’t say Android was right. With its around 2009 “from scratch” creation, it was based on nothing, design wise. It was a completely new approach. iOS from 2007 on the other hand borrowed heavily from OSX design aesthetics, which were already 6 years old at that point in time. Jobs and Forstall were stuck, and didn’t realize the necessity to get out of their dated thinking, at all. Aqua 3D shinny shinny was revolutionary in 2001, but after 12 years – it was about time Ive brought it to a new level.

    Looking back at Android, the first version with a hint of clean design was Honeycomb but comparable with iOS7 is really just Ice Cream Sandwich from 2011. Android hasn’t been beautiful and clean all along the way. They were brave enough though to experiment with new ideas over time. Something that just became possible for Apple after Jobs died (RIP) and Forstall got fired.

    Just my two cents

  • Ellen Saunders

    That looks wonderful, beautiful. Now Apple is what? 3 versions ahead of the android company.
    I have an iPhone 5.

    Love, Ellen

    • ihatefanboys

      3 versions ahead in # only. Apple technology and innovation wise is still 5 years behind Android. Apple gives you almost nothing in these updates and you sheep think its all new. Iphone software has been exactly the same since 2007, iOS 7 is no different. They painted the door a different color, but its still the same stale, boring, behind the times, useless, and overpriced crap its always been.

  • ibap

    So what will Apple claim they invented and then try to patent?

  • Gabe

    Personally I think this kinda unites Apple and Android users in a way. And I think Google will push forward innovation, doing great all the hard work for Apple but maybe reaping more benefits. I just wish Apple would stop the squabbling and play fair.

  • yankeesusa

    It definitely looks nice. It makes the iphone a great phone to have as a backup if you ever break your android phone. Its good to see apple finally catching up to android after they used to be ahead and then fell behind by at least 2 years.

    • ihatefanboys

      great backup phone? Maybe if i want to backup my car over it, lol. Or use it as a paperweight.

  • John Patrick

    I think overall the update makes sense and Apple is on the right track. The photo they always use of the iPhone showing the home screen is really only showing style changes (new wallpaper & icon pack), really nothing new there, as the icon layout and dock are unchanged. Guess we have many more years to come of looking at that tired image.

    • ihatefanboys

      Exactly, thats why i described it as Apple painted the front door a different color but the inside of the house still has cobwebs and dust.

  • mattcoz
  • TrueTimez

    Apple has always copied others. They just like to call it new and revolutionary. Siri? I had that on my mid-range android that was 2 years older than the debut of Siri. And no, it wasn’t an app. It was part of the phone. Everything they touted as new has always been on Android. Just because iPhone users don’t realize this they think they can trick people. And…I guess they do.

    Also the new designs in my opinion are so dull. The colors are so dull. My first thought was they realized they couldn’t compete on the HD front so they decided by making their colors dull nobody would notice.

  • YoYo

    remember when you just made calls on a phone. sigh…..stop blowing both of these companies.

    • Nicole

      Yeah maybe it would be smarter to go back in time… Phones were designed to make calls… Now they blew it up with charging everyone a ridiculous amount of money to fix this and that. Hell they can get their glass screens cheap and they charge over 125 bucks to fix it. Screw that. I’d be happier going old school.

  • YoYo

    remember when there were no apple fan boys or android fan boys and you beat the shit out of these dudes…sigh…yeah i remember

  • David Spencer-Cotton

    i think you have made to most important comment at the end : if apple wants to copy every android feature, they can. and there will be nobody to stop the. because android is a free open source OS, because they are trying to make the tech world a better place. instead of apple and there, ‘this is how we make it, and that’s the only way to do it…. and how dare you even try to make something that even remotely does the same thing.

    dave @ intothedroid.com

  • M. Boxes

    But didn’t Android copy its current look from android? I use both Vanilla Android 4.2.2 on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (had it since ICS) and iOS 6 on an iPhone 5. Android is just as good as iOS now and a lot more customizable (duh) but you can’t sit here and argue that Apple is stealing things cause androids design is based directly off of what worked for Apple, as far as looks and organization of the OS, but allowed a lot more customization. Both r are on even playing field now

  • jonstle

    I do not use apple products but I am glad they finally updated the look of their products. We need good competition to keep all of the new things coming!

  • Jack M

    Poor job by apple :(

  • krish

    Think Android will rape Apple in feature :-)

    maybe ios7 is a copied version of android 4.5

  • Nicole

    I hate the iPhone now. When the hell are they going to fix things and get flash installed and why the heck do they have such a problem with it. Hell android was great for watching videos and such. Now I can’t even watch you tube or if someone shows a video on Facebook it keeps telling me I cannot watch it. I dunno but I’m running out of patience.

  1. John B.Guest 2 years ago

    I’m extremely flattered and disgusted and the same time

  2. I’m ok with this. I think this gives some validation (most of which I didn’t need or ask for) to the Android way of thinking. The whole ‘swipe to go back though the application’ makes way more sense. Also the quick button area is straight from android too. Over all I thought it was nice to see them finally update that old OS.

    • bduygandGuest 2 years ago

      Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

  3. I dont think we need apple copying android ui to know that android is on the right track. but it is sweet to rub it on apple users and them realizing they are playing catch up.

    Bit sad that 3rd parties get burned when apple takes UI’s from successful 3rd party apps. but i suppose google can be said to do that too with their hangout taking ideas from whatsapp.

    But that said, it just makes it better and pushes Google and other 3rd parties to become more innovative, similar to how Paranoid took parts of chat heads and made it more useful for all notifications. Open Source just works faster and innovates more quickly.

  4. 10min video of the beta version here.

  5. I can’t get over that ridiculous background for the quick settings….so pastel and screams “Not Apple” in so many ways….and is hard to see the actual buttons.

  6. VEXGuest 2 years ago

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    • Android has been leaps and bounds ahead of Apple since day one in 2008 when the G1 was introduced. “game changer” and “innovative” are terms better suited when referencing Android, not Apple in any conversation. Apple has had essentially the same phone and the same software since 2007. iOS 7 is a new coat of paint on the same old dingy barn.

  7. To me it’s like a copycat MIUI ROM on mediocre hardware. It’s interesting.

  8. Apple has always been a copycat, not an innovator. They use lots of fancy dress up and control to give the uninformed the idea that Apple was first and creative.

    • Ken MarshallGuest 2 years ago

      I a hardcore Android fan… but come the faack off it! Exactly who were they copying with the iPhone? Give credit where its due. Yes there phones with grid of icons. But the whole package with multitouch inertial scrolling, a “proper” browser (still the most used mobile browser) – do you guys not remember how much browsing on a phone sucked total ass?

      The iPhone was revolutionary. without it theres no way Android, iOS, Windows Phone would look anything like they do now. And if Google hadn’t wholesale used a lot of iPhone ideas they would have taken Windows Phone- amounts of time to get to market, which would have been game over.

      Apple obviously fell asleep at the wheel a bit in terms of UI (still making tons of of cash, more than any other in mobile) but to not give them any credit for starting pretty much this ENTIRE movement we are all enjoying here is just ridiculous. iPad is STILL the tablet platform of choice btw

      • ashok paiGuest 2 years ago

        If you say there’s no way the others could have produced their existing phones if not for the original iphone. I would say – it’s the exactly the same case for iphone – they wouldnt have been able to even dream of such a phone. deal with it – they did much the same now.

        the only and biggest difference is that apple ALWAYS times their products around a ripe technology, while the competitors never did that in the hopes of introducing something new too early. those slim aluminium cases for macbook air ? it was at the right time. iphone came on the back of ipod/ capacitive screens-nandram, ipods came at the end of other mp3 players. their latest long lasting laptop built on intel haswell.

      • Palm, WINCE, OQO, were all doing these sorts of things before Apple.

        Apple had the the Newton, but even that wasn’t the first. Psion was before that.

      • Android in no way copied Apple. The G1 was already being developed when the original iPhone came out. If Android copied IOS, the first iphone would have had drop down notifications and multiple screens the way the G1 had. There would have been widgets, and full customization of the home screen to allow for the user to keep either app icons or pictures. So how was it copied ? The rectangular shape of the phone ? The icons for the apps ? There are limited ways to present app icons and limited ways a touch screen worked. Samsung had touchscreens long before Apple made the iPhone. In fact many speculate that Apple copied Samsungs original touchscreen idea to make the iPhone. The iphone WAS revolutionary….for the whole year it was alone before Android made it better. and now the standard. IPAD is only the choice because the populace has been uninformed up to this point, that is changing. Apple sales are sinking, slowly but surely, as their users become more and more aware theyre using substandard, outdated, and boring tech.

        • LittleDebbie11Guest 2 years ago

          I think Apple has always been highly overrated, and their products have always annoyed the CRAP out of me, however I think there are several basic ui elements that Apple made mainstream, and without them our current phones would be a bit different… such as slide to unlock, high ppi & rich graphics, modern web browser, etc. These elements were floating around the industry but they all sort of converged & then Apple was like ‘We just pulled this out of thin air cause we’re time-traveling, mind-reading geniuses’ instead of the truth — which is not nearly so impressive.

          I thought the patent disputes in the last couple years brought interesting things to light. A big one was how very much Apple was trying to mimic Sony’s designs with the original iPhone. Another big one was seeing how different Google’s phone concept was before the iPhone.

          • Simon1Guest 2 years ago

            Apple are just very good at marketing. Clever and sometimes deceptive adverts is what sells Apple products. But I guess that’s common now with most companies.

            The devices may be somewhat out of date but these clever adverts skim over this with fancy gimmicks like Siri painting a picture os some amazing technology to unsuspecting buyers which lets face it probably gets used a few times by most buyers until the novelty wheres off.

          • Simon1Guest 2 years ago

            Apple are just very good at marketing. Clever and sometimes deceptive adverts is what sells Apple products. But I guess that’s common now with most companies.

            The devices may be somewhat out of date but these clever adverts skim over this with fancy gimmicks like Siri painting a picture of some amazing technology to unsuspecting buyers which lets face it probably gets used a few times by most buyers until the novelty wheres off.

  9. Apple has always been a copycat, not an innovator. They use lots of fancy dress up and lockdown control to give the uninformed the idea that Apple was first and creative.

  10. “In this day and age, new and unique design is nearly impossible”. I completely disagree.

    • Care to share an example? Note that I used a choice qualifier before the word impossible since there are still unique designs which crop up here and there. Unfortunately, they are rare.

      • New Mac Pro?

        Not saying it’s good or bad…jus’ sayin’ it’s unique. Someone definitely thought different on that one.

      • Windows Phone 8 has a very fresh look to the mobile UI, introduced recently. Remember Gmail set a whole new level of email systems by introducing conversations in it? There are many more; I know Gmail is not a recent example but it like saying there is nothing to invent today as there are already so many inventions. You could say that “finding” them is nearly impossible, but building them is not.

        I agree that they are rare to find as it takes a lot of thinking and effort to conjure up a fresh and feasible UI.

        • ashok paiGuest 2 years ago

          ALL of them are a recombinant of previous similar ideas. “embrace the remix” check that TEDtalk

      • Windows Phone 8 has a very fresh look to the mobile UI, introduced recently. Nexus Q. Android Jelly Bean. Remember Gmail set a whole new level of email systems by introducing conversations in it? There are many more; I know Gmail is not a recent example but it like saying there is nothing to invent today as there are already so many inventions. You could say that “finding” them is nearly impossible, but building them is not.

        I agree that they are rare to find as it takes a lot of thinking and effort to conjure up a fresh and feasible UI.

      • BTW, how do I delete my comments if posted by mistake?

  11. VEXGuest 2 years ago

    Copying and make it better is always good for us customers, but when other companies copying and make it better everyone call them copy cats and etc. Now apple copying and you applause them and give them a WOW efect. Im sure apple customers will be happy that at least they have something new and usefull but for android user it is nothing. So dont make something over nothing!

  12. I thought this was a custom Android homescreen/lockscreen when I first saw this.

  13. I like the new move that Apple is making, they’re finally getting a bit soft and not being so hardheaded with the design..they’re letting loose on the UI….finally, but kinda, because the homescreen seems the same to me -___-…The color scheme of the whole thing is alright, it can go both ways….I feel as if it’s too colorful, yet simple…idk…..feature wise….nothing new compared to Android…everything iOS 7 featured now Android 4.0 has had it, that’s 2 years ago already…so Apple is still playing catch up, but at least this time, they’re moving in the right direction, so props for that…I feel as if they got a lot from Android and Windows phones, so I don’t want to hear anymore lawsuits…Apple, It’s annoying, especially when you’re the one copying….I still wouldn’t use an Iphone as my daily phone, Android has soooo much more to offer, but to all the iPhone users…enjoy, because this is finally a step in the right direction

    • iPhone userGuest 2 years ago

      Thanks for a measured, well-thought out post. I’m an iphone user who is flirting with getting a nexus or other stock android device and it’s cool to read a comment from a rationale and reasonable android user. Cheers.

      • ashok paiGuest 2 years ago

        oh well, it goes the other way too. only thing being this fanboy run has lasted too long, perhaps because we have all turned into gollums clutching to our “precious” phones :)

    • A step in the right direction, sure. But it’s still too little too late. iPhone users should get out as soon as they can before Apple goes belly up and they dont support their crap phones anymore and iPhone users are left with essentially a pretty paperweight.

  14. fabGuest 2 years ago

    oh..i’ve been hiding in a cave..and haven’t missed anything really

  15. This is once again quintessential Apple. Over promise, under deliver. Then watch the sycophants in the “media” herald how Apple has created utopia, conquered the final frontier, united both sides of the force, and become the Kwisatz Haderach! All joking aside, Apple is more PT Barnum. They’re great at self aggrandizing, extremely short on substance. If Android had stolen as much as Apple did now, they have every Android device shelved. Period. Media should trouncing Apple’s lackluster event an ridiculing them. However with horrible “media” such BGR,Cnet,and the hipsters paradise the verge, we’ll get more lies about Apple and creativity.

  16. eugene ehrmanGuest 2 years ago

    Hang on its ok for apple to copy but nit samsung what’s the deal with that ps don’t support samsung copying either but to sue them for a billion dollars and then just copy android getting rid of my iphone when next upgrade comes round

    • This was my first thought, but I think the difference is Apples patent are Apples, and the android ones are open to use. Sort of anyway.

      But if apple have taken any of Samsungs ideas, we I will soon hear about it, don’t you worry.

  17. RichardGuest 2 years ago

    Android was always on the right track with their UI. It’s their OS that’s trash. Apple is smart to refine the iOS appearance (which has been remarkably stable and popular since 2007).

  18. ♥Guest 2 years ago

    It is what it is.

  19. The icons are terrible and feel unfinished in some areas like the safari icon. I also don’t like the translucency effect that’s a part of the whole UI, it just doesn’t feel right. There are some great improvements in there as well and for Apple and it’s customers it’s a big update. All this time Apple has been suing companies for copying them but then they finally decided to do the same, I guess times are changing. Anyways, I’m just more excited for KLP and what Google has in store for us in the fall.

  20. IPhone is gonna be god-like now to those apple fanboys lol. But definitely about time for some change.

  21. BGuest 2 years ago

    My 11 minute overview of iOS 7 on an iPhone 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzFqn5d3AcA

    Siri showcased on iOS 7 on iPhone 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDQ4O3sYEZA

  22. Looks good. Apple playing catch-up to Android.

  23. vitmain-tGuest 2 years ago

    Good old WebOS cards/ multitasking. :)

    But I wouldn’t say Android was right. With its around 2009 “from scratch” creation, it was based on nothing, design wise. It was a completely new approach. iOS from 2007 on the other hand borrowed heavily from OSX design aesthetics, which were already 6 years old at that point in time. Jobs and Forstall were stuck, and didn’t realize the necessity to get out of their dated thinking, at all. Aqua 3D shinny shinny was revolutionary in 2001, but after 12 years – it was about time Ive brought it to a new level.

    Looking back at Android, the first version with a hint of clean design was Honeycomb but comparable with iOS7 is really just Ice Cream Sandwich from 2011. Android hasn’t been beautiful and clean all along the way. They were brave enough though to experiment with new ideas over time. Something that just became possible for Apple after Jobs died (RIP) and Forstall got fired.

    Just my two cents

  24. Ellen SaundersGuest 2 years ago

    That looks wonderful, beautiful. Now Apple is what? 3 versions ahead of the android company.
    I have an iPhone 5.

    Love, Ellen

    • 3 versions ahead in # only. Apple technology and innovation wise is still 5 years behind Android. Apple gives you almost nothing in these updates and you sheep think its all new. Iphone software has been exactly the same since 2007, iOS 7 is no different. They painted the door a different color, but its still the same stale, boring, behind the times, useless, and overpriced crap its always been.

  25. So what will Apple claim they invented and then try to patent?

  26. GabeGuest 2 years ago

    Personally I think this kinda unites Apple and Android users in a way. And I think Google will push forward innovation, doing great all the hard work for Apple but maybe reaping more benefits. I just wish Apple would stop the squabbling and play fair.

  27. It definitely looks nice. It makes the iphone a great phone to have as a backup if you ever break your android phone. Its good to see apple finally catching up to android after they used to be ahead and then fell behind by at least 2 years.

  28. John PatrickGuest 2 years ago

    I think overall the update makes sense and Apple is on the right track. The photo they always use of the iPhone showing the home screen is really only showing style changes (new wallpaper & icon pack), really nothing new there, as the icon layout and dock are unchanged. Guess we have many more years to come of looking at that tired image.

  29. TrueTimezGuest 2 years ago

    Apple has always copied others. They just like to call it new and revolutionary. Siri? I had that on my mid-range android that was 2 years older than the debut of Siri. And no, it wasn’t an app. It was part of the phone. Everything they touted as new has always been on Android. Just because iPhone users don’t realize this they think they can trick people. And…I guess they do.

    Also the new designs in my opinion are so dull. The colors are so dull. My first thought was they realized they couldn’t compete on the HD front so they decided by making their colors dull nobody would notice.

  30. YoYoGuest 2 years ago

    remember when you just made calls on a phone. sigh…..stop blowing both of these companies.

    • NicoleGuest 2 years ago

      Yeah maybe it would be smarter to go back in time… Phones were designed to make calls… Now they blew it up with charging everyone a ridiculous amount of money to fix this and that. Hell they can get their glass screens cheap and they charge over 125 bucks to fix it. Screw that. I’d be happier going old school.

  31. YoYoGuest 2 years ago

    remember when there were no apple fan boys or android fan boys and you beat the shit out of these dudes…sigh…yeah i remember

  32. David Spencer-CottonGuest 2 years ago

    i think you have made to most important comment at the end : if apple wants to copy every android feature, they can. and there will be nobody to stop the. because android is a free open source OS, because they are trying to make the tech world a better place. instead of apple and there, ‘this is how we make it, and that’s the only way to do it…. and how dare you even try to make something that even remotely does the same thing.

    dave @ intothedroid.com

  33. M. BoxesGuest 2 years ago

    But didn’t Android copy its current look from android? I use both Vanilla Android 4.2.2 on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (had it since ICS) and iOS 6 on an iPhone 5. Android is just as good as iOS now and a lot more customizable (duh) but you can’t sit here and argue that Apple is stealing things cause androids design is based directly off of what worked for Apple, as far as looks and organization of the OS, but allowed a lot more customization. Both r are on even playing field now

  34. I do not use apple products but I am glad they finally updated the look of their products. We need good competition to keep all of the new things coming!

  35. Jack MGuest 2 years ago

    Poor job by apple :(

  36. krishGuest 2 years ago

    Think Android will rape Apple in feature :-)

    maybe ios7 is a copied version of android 4.5

  37. NicoleGuest 2 years ago

    I hate the iPhone now. When the hell are they going to fix things and get flash installed and why the heck do they have such a problem with it. Hell android was great for watching videos and such. Now I can’t even watch you tube or if someone shows a video on Facebook it keeps telling me I cannot watch it. I dunno but I’m running out of patience.