We got an early peak at iOS 7 earlier today. Love it or hate it, it’s finally a change from the same old boring grid of icons. For some this will be considered too extreme a change. For others it won’t have been significant enough. Oh well, I supposed you can’t please everyone all of the time.
Once you look past all the glitz and glamour, what does iOS 7 mean for the future of Android?
Multitasking is in!
One of the more technological differences between Android and iOS has been the way each platform handles multitasking. Android handles running apps much like your desktop computer, keeping your recently used apps in memory, ready for you to switch back to whenever you need them. iOS has focused on the current app at the expense of the apps running in the background. Not anymore. iOS 7 is bringing more traditional multitasking to iOS 7, but they say they’re doing so in a smart way that is “battery friendly”.
Goodbye felt, stitching, and leather, skeumorphism is all but gone with iOS 7. I can’t say that I’m sad to see it go. The entire user experience inside Apple’s latest OS is flat — but layered. Confused yet? The various elements have almost no dimension to them, but they’re layered on top of each other to give a deeper, more immersive experience. The concept is interesting, but Android has been doing that since Ice Cream Sandwich.
What happens if you could pull the Android notification shade up from the bottom of the screen instead of the top? You’d have iOS 7! That’s really what it looks like. I’m not complaining though. Copying this part of Android is a testament to what Android is doing. Google is getting it right, and Apple knows it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and like the late Steve Jobs himself said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal”.
Though it’s not really iOS 7 related, we got wind of Apple’s streaming radio service earlier today, too! Google announced their streaming service last month. Though we could argue which is better and why, the fact remains that Apple is following Google now.
What does iOS 7 mean for the future of Android?
Certain parts of iOS 7 look very smooth and elegant. I’m honestly glad to see Apple making such bold steps away from where they’ve been in the recent past. Seeing the new features and UI elements that mimic those found in today’s Android-powered smartphones and tablets fills me with confidence. Google is now driving the user interfaces of our mobile devices — and Apple is busy playing catch-up.