• Monday Morning News


    The number of concept designs for iOS 7 exploded over the weekend, with one of the most comprehensive being from Simply Zesty. Their design removes all the skeuomorphism currently found in iOS and updates the look and feel across the board with a fresh, clean look. There are aspects of it I don't particularly like, such as the top-mounted slide to unlock gesture or that flatter Maps icon, but they get points for using my favourite built-in wallpaper.

    Over at Layervault, some guy says he's actually seen iOS 7. According to his post about halfway down the page, he first saw the design for iOS 7 some six months ago, when his buddy had it on a production iPhone that he was allowed to carry off-campus. I'm not sure how much I believe the guy, but there you go. Some of the feature changes he'd laid eyes on are particularly far-fetched, too.

    And in case we didn't already have enough mockups and designs for iOS 7, The Tech Block has eight more designs that feature flat interfaces and overhauled homescreen icons. Some of the mockups don't actually look too bad, especially some of the cleaner designs that do away with the text labels for app icons *a feature that's been around since the early days of Jailbreaking, but also something that hasn't really appealed to me. Until now.

    The fact of the matter is, as much as haters of stitched Corinthian leather and reel-to-reel tape decks would have you believe otherwise, Apple's interfaces will always be skeuomorphic, and yours will be too. Every interface that has been created or designed has some kind of real-world parallel, the only question is: what it is representing, and by how much?

    Sir Jonathan Ive is not a graphic designer. EVeryone's been focused on the visual side of Apple's upcoming iOS refresh, but the fact that there are WWDC deadlines for this kind of thing means there's going to be under-the-hood changes for developers, too. As for Sir Jonathan, well, he's the head of Human Interface design, not graphic design.

    The iPad User Guide clearly states magnets in both sides of the iPad and in the Smart Cover and Smart Case accessories can interfere with pacemakers and implanted defibrillators. Bloomberg tried to get away with a headline that described how a 14-year old discovered the interference, but they were called out by TUAW.

    Microsoft wants Apple to make an iTunes app for Windows 8, but that's unlikely to happen anytime soon. Ask any Windows 8 user about the disconnect between "Metro" apps and their normal desktop equivalents, and you'll realise that this represents a bigger problem for Microsoft. Better keep waiting for that Metro-styled iTunes, Redmond *although, with iOS going flatter, anything is possible.

    There are big changes coming to AppleCare later this year, including warranty subscriptions and in-store iOS device repairs. The subscription will reportedly be attached to customers rather than individual products, and may even offer exclusive 24/7 support. In-store repairs of iOS devices will also be a big change from the current "swap" policy customers' devices will be repaired on the spot, instead of being replaced with a refurbished unit.

    App.net, that social network that you may have heard of, has launched its first iOS app. Passport is all about managing App.Net accounts and browsing for clients it contains no timeline (or "Alpha", as it has been dubbed) functionality, but I'm sure you'll be able to find an app that does. And if you don't already have a free App.Net account, you'll also be able to create one within the app without an invite.

    Another day, another app ruined by in-app purchases. Say the Same Thing for iPhone puts you in a contest against your friends to see if you can say the same word as your partner. It's "by" OK Go in the same way that the Heads Up! app is by Ellen, but you can play against OK Go band members, if that's your thing. Sadly, iMore writes about how in-app purchases ruin the fun that you can have.

    Apple has won an "iBooks" trademark suite against the publisher Black Tower Press. A judge ruled that there was no way customers would confuse Apple's iBooks from Black Tower's iBooks Imprint, saying a lack of evidence also contributed to the summary judgement in Apple's favour.

    Marco Arment talks about trials for App Store apps. Arment makes the point about tyre-kickers, and that if you're an app developer who sells a low-priced app with no free version, you make money from every tyre-kicker. Higher App Store prices (with trials) might change how consumers buy apps, too something the developer community might not want.
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