Apple previews iOS 6, launches beta

Apple showed off a ton of improvements to iOS at today's WWDC keynote, some expected, others not, but all pretty impressive. Senior VP of iOS Software Scott Forstall showed off the latest version of the OS that powers Apple's mobile devices, iOS 6.

For starters, Siri is stepping things up a bit – Apple showed off a whole host of improvements that should make their digital assistant a whole lot more useful. Not only is Siri coming to the new iPad, but she's also gaining the ability to open apps and access even more information than before. That includes information and access to things like sports scores, ratios, and even tickets, movies, and even restaurant reservations.

Forstall also revealed that the new iPad would also be gaining access to Siri, expanding on the Dictation feature that's currently available. He also announced Eyes Free, which is a partnership with automobile manufacturers to provide an integrated 'Siri button' on steering wheels. Oh, and Siri can launch apps now, too.

As expected, Apple also showed off Facebook integration, which provides an experience similar to what's currently offered by Twitter, in addition to new Siri support (which is also coming to Twitter).

Other features like a 'do not disturb' button for reminders also showed up. The Reminders app also got some enhancements, like integration with the Phone app. This means you'll be able to instruct your phone to remind you to call someone back later, or when you get to a certain location. And with the do not disturb setting, you won't have to worry about getting annoyed by your friends Angry Birds score while you're in an important meeting.

iDevices will also be gaining the ability to make Facetime calls over cellular, as opposed to the Wi-Fi only support that we're used to. What's more, you won't have to worry about contacting the wrong device any more, since your phone number and Apple ID will be integrated – that means that contacts won't have multiple addresses for each device. So an iMessage will appear across all of them, rather than just your friend's iPad.

Safari, which Scott Forstall kindly informs us is the “best and most popular” browser “on the planet,” is getting the iCloud tabs feature that was detailed for the Mac earlier, in addition to offline reading lists. It's also taking a step closer towards being a full fledged browsing experience by letting users upload photos. Unfortunately, it looks like we won't be getting an integrated search/url bar, unless Apple makes some last minute changes.

Building on the sharing features that have been steadily appearing in iOS, iCloud is getting more social with Photo Stream sharing between friends, with a full fledged commenting system, and it's also easier to add attachments to emails with just a tap.

Now for the big ones... Apple showed off two new apps at today's keynotes. One of them we were expecting, but the first is more of a pleasant surprise. If you do much shopping you know how annoying it is to keep up with the plethora of discount cards offered by stores; Passes hopes to save you from those frustrations by grouping all of your 'cards' into a single app. But it goes beyond discount cards; you can also store digital tickets to events like movies, sports events, and even flights. It's even integrated with GPS to automatically pull out the right card when you're near a store.

And finally, we have a new, Google-free Maps experience. We can't say that we didn't see this one coming, but Apple cleared up any lingering uncertainty we had. If there's one feature iPhone users have really been missing out on it's turn-by-turn navigation, and iOS 6 will fix that by offering a Siri integrated navigation system. It works right from the lock screen and takes traffic info into account.

The 3D maps that we've all heard about made an appearance too, in the form of a new feature called Flyover, which looks pretty cool, as you can see below, but probably won't be something you use very much once the 'wow' factor wears off:

The beta of iOS 6 is launching today, but the rest of us will have to wait until Fall to get our grubby little hands on it. By then, of course, Windows 8 should be with us, and it'll be interesting to see them go head to head. In the meantime, take a look at the slide below to get an idea of some of the new features coming to iOS that weren't previewed at today's event:

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Why fix what isnt broken..... well because its old boring uninventive lazy without forsight not innovative at all let me see the list goes on. apple didnt get to where they are now without doing something new but for the time being they just seem to have settled for average same old same old. and im sure they will make a big thing over little changes like trading google maps for apple ones...oooo big wow and on that note was googl maps broken? no so why fix it, ill tell you why controle and money they will find a way to spin it likt its the best this since sliced bread its not it never will be because like all things apple someone had an idea got there first and there going to copy it tweak it try to claim its theres. its the same old boring story there now playing catch up with google because they got lazy.
personally i liked my iphone i had 3 3g, 3gs and 4 and guess what i didnt buy the 4s because it was nothing new it was boring it even looked the same as something that had been out a year. and you wanted me to spend £500 of my hard earned cash on something you couldnt be arsed to change, wow a bigger camers and fudged performance stats...... get real, oh and siri... played with it epic fail a gimic at best thats if it works properly.
i bought a samsung galaxy s2 and have never looked back you can do so much more with it including looking at fash websites haha so simple. you can well lets say if i were to list the differences id be here all day. it does have its flaws but at leaset its innovating and different. i will be buying the s3 and look forward to jellybean thank you for reading.

Summery apple get off your arses and stop being lazy or get ready. the public will eventually see through your fudged figures and gimics and they will vote with there feet. step up and do something new!!!!

iOS 6 has been a bit of let down. Nothing really new here. A few fixes that will improve things a bit. Like adding pictures to email, facebook integration. Maps isn't really a big deal, more so because its all web based/ data based. If you could cache the country/countries you need it would be good. For example if I could dowload the U.K & Ireland it would be great or if I go on holiday, download the U.S maps etc.

Cant wait till 9 days time to see what WP8 has in store for us. Is good MS has kept completely quiet this time so features didn't show up in the IOS6 beta. And the majority of features added to ios6 beta today have been available in WP7 for 2 years now.

Criticisms of the OS's design are valid. My only two requests is to shrink the icon size on 960x640 springboards by 15-20%. Going from the iPad springboard to the smaller springboards, the icons seem too closely jammed together. The next request is to permit more Notification Center widgets.

Other than that the new changes overall are pretty decent. It does seem however the native YouTube app is gone, or perhaps hidden on the second page?

And finally, with regards to the catchup comments - besides geek raging no one else will care much who had what first. Whatever floats your boat I guess.

I actually like the update. However, the reasons will not make Apple only fans very happy.

A majority of the features introduced are a response and catching up with WP7 features.

This also isn't the first time this has happened, with the preview of WP7 in 2010, iOS and Android both added several of the WP7 features from the presentation before WP7's launch. (Android's copy and paste features and UI changed to use the WP7 marker points, iOS's multi-tasking strategy is almost the same outline as the original WP7 slides, etc.)


Even though this is a compliment to Microsoft, it is also just a good thing that Apple is willing to look at another product and not avoid the things that it does right and add them to make things better for users.

However, Apple admitting this, is another thing, and Apple's history of saying features they don't have are useless or bad is also not a good pattern, as you can find features from the iOS 6.x, that Apple in the past down played and called not needed and even referred to them as the wrong way to do things.

It was just a couple of years ago that voice dialing was unnecessary and NOT Planned, People don't want to talk to a phone, etc... All these were voiced via Apple's official position.

Now, voice is EVERYTHING, and even going as far to offer Siri in Cars to compete with Microsoft Sync technology. Siri is getting some of the WP7 voice features too, like App launching (not sure if the hands free texting is still in the iOS 6.x plans, as I didn't see it mentioned.)

Apple, when you do not have a technology, you shouldn't spend the years before you add it calling it silly and worthless.
** This is a direct reference to Windows 8 comment Apple has had recently, because Apple wanted to get OS X into a Tablet format, and couldn't, which is why the iPhone OS got promoted and birthed the iPad instead. This was a let down for Apple because they didn't want to give up handwriting and stylus support for the iPad. However, once they knew it wasn't going to be a full OS X based device, all of a sudden the 'Pen/stylus' and handwriting were silly and outdated.

Expected some sort of UI change to better compete with WP7's live tiles - as some have said above getting a bit stale and falling behind in some respects

wotsit said,
Expected some sort of UI change to better compete with WP7's live tiles - as some have said above getting a bit stale and falling behind in some respects

Right now, WP7 has to compete with extinction. The platform is *still* failing to gain any meaningful traction and pretty soon it'l be coming up on two years. Meanwhile Nokia is bleeding money and market share. A this point, Apple doesn't need to compete with a non-starter.

Deliciously_Random said,

Right now, WP7 has to compete with extinction. The platform is *still* failing to gain any meaningful traction and pretty soon it'l be coming up on two years. Meanwhile Nokia is bleeding money and market share. A this point, Apple doesn't need to compete with a non-starter.

At least the WP7 UI isn't stale like the iOS UI.

I guess the iTards can't handle anything other than a 4x4 grid of icons then!!!

neo158 said,

At least the WP7 UI isn't stale like the iOS UI.

I guess the iTards can't handle anything other than a 4x4 grid of icons then!!!

Windows Phones are way ahead of ios. and wp is growing actually at a pretty good clip, should overtake apple worldwide in a year or so. I am an apple developer and im pretty disappointed in ios6 so far, they are playing catchup with WP7.5. WP8 details will come in 9 days or so and should make for an interesting time. Amd oh btw now I think people can see why MS hasn't spoken **** about WP8 yet, because apple would have tried to steal those features too. Now with MS announcing WP8 after ios6 everyone will see for sure what apple copies into future betas of ios6.

Still paying catch up.
My Nokia running Symbian had the "do not disturb feature" many years ago. 10 saved templates to choose from.
Also Android's Google Maps have had Navigation for a while now.

drazgoosh said,
Still paying catch up.
My Nokia running Symbian had the "do not disturb feature" many years ago. 10 saved templates to choose from.
Also Android's Google Maps have had Navigation for a while now.

Catch-up to what? Symbian junk?

I doubt that having that feature before Apple makes that dead OS look any better.

And turn-by-turn nav was reserved for Android by Google.

Deliciously_Random said,

Catch-up to what? Symbian junk?

I doubt that having that feature before Apple makes that dead OS look any better.

And turn-by-turn nav was reserved for Android by Google.

lol even as a dead os its still number 1 worldwide in market share fool.

Deliciously_Random said,

Catch-up to what? Symbian junk?

I doubt that having that feature before Apple makes that dead OS look any better.

And turn-by-turn nav was reserved for Android by Google.

I never said Symbian was better. I said it had that feature a long time before iOS. Therefore iOS is playing catch up.

I must say, I'm pretty underwhelmed by this update. I'm sure I'll love the Facebook integration and the new turn-by-turn directions but what I was really hoping for was:

* Quick reply to messages received in notifications center. I want to tap out a reply to an SMS, Facebook message, E-Mail, from the notifications drop down and not have to open the entire app to accomplish this

The people here who complain about the lack of radical iOS UI changes would be the very same people who'd fill their diapers if Apple were actually idiotic enough to do that.

On an extremely well adopted operating system you don't just re-vamp the UI for the hell of it and expect that everybody will dig it.

GEIST said,
The people here who complain about the lack of radical iOS UI changes would be the very same people who'd fill their diapers if Apple were actually idiotic enough to do that.

Nope, but thanks for assuming. Android UI changed a lot with 4.0 and not many people complained at all. 4.0 was a easy to learn OS and it didnt have radical changes. But the UI looked different and it was a welcome change.

And no, not revamp the UI for the hell of it. If people never revamped products to make things look better, then nothing will ever change. These kinds of changes are needed to keep people interested in a product. And like I said, this could eventually come back to hurt Apple as they are known for good UIs, hardware, innovation, and keeping people interested in their products.

techbeck said,

Nope, but thanks for assuming. Android UI changed a lot with 4.0 and not many people complained at all. 4.0 was a easy to learn OS and it didnt have radical changes. But the UI looked different and it was a welcome change.

And no, not revamp the UI for the hell of it. If people never revamped products to make things look better, then nothing will ever change. These kinds of changes are needed to keep people interested in a product. And like I said, this could eventually come back to hurt Apple as they are known for good UIs, hardware, innovation, and keeping people interested in their products.

Exactly. Back when Android came out, everyone said wow every phone looks identical. Then new UI designs came out (sense, touchwiz, motoblur, etc.), to battle that 'stale-ness'. It helped a lot I think. All these 'phones' that looked the same, now look different because the UI is changed up some. Makes for something 'new'.

Now, this iOS, and iPhone business...how can anyone even think about bashing android, when the iOS UI has NEVER changed?? O_O. What even makes people want to keep 'upgrading'? I was thinking about getting the 3g back in the day, but wow I am so glad I didnt. Went with an android phone and its still going 2+ years later. The 3g, I probably couldnt get past the iOS 3 update, just to force me to keep paying $600 for new hardware... NO THANKS! STINGY GREEDY APPLE! (ps. $600 for a glass phone that breaks in more ways than 1, when you hold it the wrong way = BS)

techbeck said,

Nope, but thanks for assuming. Android UI changed a lot with 4.0 and not many people complained at all. 4.0 was a easy to learn OS and it didnt have radical changes. But the UI looked different and it was a welcome change.

And no, not revamp the UI for the hell of it. If people never revamped products to make things look better, then nothing will ever change. These kinds of changes are needed to keep people interested in a product. And like I said, this could eventually come back to hurt Apple as they are known for good UIs, hardware, innovation, and keeping people interested in their products.

That's probably because about 90% of people with Android phones didn't get the actually update or have not actually updated to 4.

A radical change in UI would confuse so many people. The age range and user base of iOS spreads from basic phone users to advanced users. Apple need to be extremely careful with any change at all. In fact they made one change in iOS 6 that I don't really like. When you are in apps, the bar at the top with the time etc on it. becomes a grey/blue type colour.

Androids a bit of a mess though so changes are necessary. My mum gets on with her iPhone just fine - I dread to think how she'd handle an android! Only thing android's got going for it is the openness of the platform!

techbeck said,

Nope, but thanks for assuming. Android UI changed a lot with 4.0 and not many people complained at all. 4.0 was a easy to learn OS and it didnt have radical changes. But the UI looked different and it was a welcome change.

And no, not revamp the UI for the hell of it. If people never revamped products to make things look better, then nothing will ever change. These kinds of changes are needed to keep people interested in a product. And like I said, this could eventually come back to hurt Apple as they are known for good UIs, hardware, innovation, and keeping people interested in their products.


joemailey said,

A radical change in UI would confuse so many people.

I never said a radical change is needed. I said a change. People here are putting words in what I am saying.

Axel said,
Androids a bit of a mess though so changes are necessary. My mum gets on with her iPhone just fine - I dread to think how she'd handle an android! Only thing android's got going for it is the openness of the platform!

Ok, you obviously dont know much about Android. My mom and grandma use their Androids with NO PROBLEMS what so ever. And Android has a TON going for it other that its openness

turn-by-turn navigation doesn't seem too work.

I also love that they cleaned the Settings.app a bit. combined some stuff

And yet again Apple is playing catchup to ther rest without introducting anything new or innovative while trying very hard to make you believe they in fact do. 'Nothing to see here folks.. move along now..'

It'll be another 2-3 years but they are losing ground ..

iPhone 3GS and the original iPad have a similar CPU and ram yet the iPad doesn't get the update and the 3GS all because the 3GS is still on sale. meanwhile my HTC Android from 2010 is still getting major updates yet my iPad isn't, oh the irony.

thealexweb said,
iPhone 3GS and the original iPad have a similar CPU and ram yet the iPad doesn't get the update and the 3GS all because the 3GS is still on sale. meanwhile my HTC Android from 2010 is still getting major updates yet my iPad isn't, oh the irony.

They don't run the same Apps though - the iPad versions have more resources that would have to be stored in the same amount of RAM.

Axon said,

They don't run the same Apps though - the iPad versions have more resources that would have to be stored in the same amount of RAM.

And if you've been using an iPad 1 on iOS 5, you'll probably understand why they didn't want to tax it any more than they already were...

matt4pack said,
The current UI is bad.

It was great in 2007 but was never designed for everything it does poorly now.

Or it works so damn well it doesn't need a lot of changing. A UI concept that "just works" has a lot of staying power. It's reliable, dead-easy to learn and use, and looks great.

it's also currently the only one that is actually viable in a tablet.

matt4pack said,
The current UI is bad.

It was great in 2007 but was never designed for everything it does poorly now.

...and there have been a lot of changes made to the UI since 2007...

Deliciously_Random said,

it's also currently the only one that is actually viable in a tablet.

I am not so sure about that one friend! Just because it is the most popular at the moment does not mean it is the "only one that is actually viable in a tablet" because with that line of thought Windows is the only viable OS for desktops and laptops.

omgben said,

...and there have been a lot of changes made to the UI since 2007...

Name some. I can only think of two notables that change the basic look of the phone off the top of my head. Wallpaper behind the icons (why on earth didn't it have this originally??), and folders.

pwgarner said,

I am not so sure about that one friend! Just because it is the most popular at the moment does not mean it is the "only one that is actually viable in a tablet" because with that line of thought Windows is the only viable OS for desktops and laptops.

Except that Macs don't suck. Macs (running OS X) lead the industry in consumer satisfaction. OS X is a model OS for the entire industry, especially now that it also includes iOS elements.

Android on tablets, however, is just a dog. The entire Android tablet user experience os for the birds. There's a reason why Android tablets are dismissed by users and critics at large.

The Android tablet market simply isn't profitable. Consumers just aren't into buying that kind of junk. Meanwhile, Macs hit record sales quarter after quarter.

What, you think Windows is viable? LOL it's only where it is due to Microsloth's universal licensing racket implemented decades ago. Microsoft pursued a horizontal business model that opened Windows to everyone, while Apple did not. But today, we're seeing just how well a vertically-integrated platform can do. As far as consumer satisfaction goes, it's vastly superior.

Something like "Live Tile" would have been nice, or running widgets on the screen with the icons.... Something like that. But it's still the same old icon grid.

TruckWEB said,
Something like "Live Tile" would have been nice, or running widgets on the screen with the icons.... Something like that. But it's still the same old icon grid.

Agreed, thats one of the things I really like on other devices

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

Agreed, thats one of the things I really like on other devices

Eh, I'm speaking for myself obviously, but I've shopped around and owned other platforms, but I still prefer the icon grid over live tiles and widgets. It really doesn't bother me because I spend more time in a well designed app than I do looking at the app launcher aspect of the OS.

omgben said,

Eh, I'm speaking for myself obviously, but I've shopped around and owned other platforms, but I still prefer the icon grid over live tiles and widgets. It really doesn't bother me because I spend more time in a well designed app than I do looking at the app launcher aspect of the OS.

True just makes it easy for quick glance instead of going completely into another app

omgben said,

Eh, I'm speaking for myself obviously, but I've shopped around and owned other platforms, but I still prefer the icon grid over live tiles and widgets. It really doesn't bother me because I spend more time in a well designed app than I do looking at the app launcher aspect of the OS.

You think that by adding features such as an option to add live tiles/widgets means they are somehow forced onto your phone's screen?

Get over yourself already. Just because you don't want to use those features, doesn't mean they shouldn't be added for the obviously large number of people who would like to see a bit of evolution in the UI department.

omgben said,

Eh, I'm speaking for myself obviously, but I've shopped around and owned other platforms, but I still prefer the icon grid over live tiles and widgets. It really doesn't bother me because I spend more time in a well designed app than I do looking at the app launcher aspect of the OS.

If you really owned the other platforms, then you would realize how inaccurate what you are saying really is.

On Android you can use the grid format and WP7 you are not force to use 'live' tiles, and can just leave them in a grid and 'dumb' like iOS.

TCLN Ryster said,

Get over yourself already. Just because you don't want to use those features, doesn't mean they shouldn't be added for the obviously large number of people who would like to see a bit of evolution in the UI department.

I was a little disappointed in that myself, but it's not something I'm going to die over. I'll take a system I'm familiar with and that I know is reliable over what Android has to offer any day. WP7 looks interesting as well, but I'd rather wait and see how things progress.

As much as I would've loved to see some UI updates (more silver or glass theme, maybe, or something more 'textured' and 'skeumorphic'), I don't think it's really an obviously large portion of people who wanted that. Only a tiny margin of users actually read tech blogs, and only a tiny margin of people who read tech blogs seem to be really upset about the lack of UI changes. But still, I overall agree, although I don't think they need to do anything drastic, and not change for change's sake.

Oh stop your crying about the UI. The current UI is great, the only thing that was missing was a few features which they added and then some. If you do not like the OS then do not use it, if you have that big of a problem with the OS make one yourself how you feel it should be and shut up.

I swear some people here can not be happy with anything. Now hush and enjoy the new features that Apple has developed for us for FREE. You all act like you have to pay so much for this upgrade too. Sheesh.

itylernallen said,
Oh stop your crying about the UI. The current UI is great, the only thing that was missing was a few features which they added and then some. If you do not like the OS then do not use it, if you have that big of a problem with the OS make one yourself how you feel it should be and shut up.

I swear some people here can not be happy with anything. Now hush and enjoy the new features that Apple has developed for us for FREE. You all act like you have to pay so much for this upgrade too. Sheesh.

No one here is crying about anything. Its called expressing opinions and having a conversation.

techbeck said,

No one here is crying about anything. Its called expressing opinions and having a conversation.

It's not even that techbeck, the fact that Apple have had the same iOS design since 2007, yeah it's not a bad design but just getting old. That's the reason I'm not buying an iPhone! I want one, all my friends have one, but it's not 'new' and I don't see anything special about it anymore. Apple's a great company that came out with something revolutionary that changed the game, I want to see more of that!

So.... basically the only thing that is actually a new feature is the new maps, texting on a phone, a few additional siri features and... facebook integration.. 'The worlds most advanced mobile operating system' Right... So the real difference here is that the '5' is now a '6'. How innovative... lol

yowanvista said,
So.... basically the only thing that is actually a new feature is the new maps, texting on a phone, a few additional siri features and... facebook integration.. 'The worlds most advanced mobile operating system' Right... So the real difference here is that the '5' is now a '6'. How innovative... lol

I also liked how Safari is now the "best and most popular” browser “on the planet” just because it's the most popular one on iDevices, which is really unusual seeing as it comes pre-installed on/bundled with iDevices. /s

A, "make it a point that I don't want to talk now," feature? I want the opposite a, "make it a point that I really need to talk now," feature!

Same old stale design IMO. Yea, say "if its not broke, dont fix it" all you want. If that philosophy worked, then we would still be on Win 3.11 UI. Things change and as time goes by, more and more want something different.

For a company like Apple to be known to produce slick hardware and UI's, I would think they would have did some kind of redesign of iOS by now.

Do you really expect them to make radical UI changes to a mobile operating system used by hundreds of millions of users who are for the absolute most part perfectly fine with it? Forget iOS for a moment. OS X hasn't really radically changed its UI in all those years either. It looks different, but it was always just expanded and improved upon instead of changing it radically to something new so users don't have to be bored with it or any other such idiotic reason.

techbeck said,
Same old stale design IMO. Yea, say "if its not broke, dont fix it" all you want. If that philosophy worked, then we would still be on Win 3.11 UI. Things change and as time goes by, more and more want something different.

For a company like Apple to be known to produce slick hardware and UI's, I would think they would have did some kind of redesign of iOS by now.

GEIST said,
Do you really expect them to make radical UI changes to a mobile operating system used by hundreds of millions of users who are for the absolute most part perfectly fine with it? Forget iOS for a moment. OS X hasn't really radically changed its UI in all those years either. It looks different, but it was always just expanded and improved upon instead of changing it radically to something new so users don't have to be bored with it or any other such idiotic reason.

Radical, no. Do not need radical changes just something different/new. Yes, its not hurting Apple to much now (and like I said in other posts here) but more and more people are getting bored of the stale old look.

Apple has proven time and time again that people will go after the look of a device more than anything else. Whether it be software or hardware.

GEIST said,
Do you really expect them to make radical UI changes to a mobile operating system used by hundreds of millions of users who are for the absolute most part perfectly fine with it? Forget iOS for a moment. OS X hasn't really radically changed its UI in all those years either. It looks different, but it was always just expanded and improved upon instead of changing it radically to something new so users don't have to be bored with it or any other such idiotic reason.

Nobody's asking them to make "radical" changes... just a few little changes and additions. iOS has had the same grid of 4x4 (+the pinned apps) since it's inception with the original iPhone. I bought a 3G back in the day and loved it, but I quickly got bored of it. I think the only thing that has changed visually with iPhone since then is the addition of wallpapers behind the icons and folders.

It would be nice if they added support for small widgets for example. With the 6th iPhone now around the corner, I'm not considering buying one because I'm simply bored of the UI. At least with Android I can customise it to my hearts content. The moment it starts to feel a bit stale, I spend 30 minutes downloading some widgets and wallpapers and themes and it looks like a new phone again. This isn't "radical" thinking, it's common sense.

patseguin said,
Why fix it if it isn't broken?

We can say that about anything really. Why did Apple move away from Aqua? Because it got old. Changing something's functionality for no good reason is a terrible idea, but refreshing the design is encouraged after a while.

patseguin said,
Why fix it if it isn't broken?

If nobody ever "fixed" (upgrades and additions are not mere fixes) you'd be sitting in a cave and your favorite pass time drawing stuff with your finger into the dirt because nobody fixed that problem and invented using a stick yet.

patseguin said,
Why fix it if it isn't broken?

They do need to update the look every-so-often to not slip into being dated. We had the same discussion at work regarding our web site. Lots of people were like "our website is fine, why spend any work on it", because you need to change stuff to stay relevant even if the changes don't add anything new other than the look of things.

I thought the same thing about McDonalds, but the redesign is actually really really nice. Much nicer than how the restaurant previously looked. Apple will have to update the look of iOS at some point, or else people will see it and think the same thing they think when they see Windows Mobile v6 (or earlier).

BoneyardBrew said,

Yeah, that's my biggest gripe with iOS at this point. I'm sooo tired of the UI.

I agree, why change the UI just to please certain trolls who want it changed for the shear heck of it ?

StevenNT said,

I agree, why change the UI just to please certain trolls who want it changed for the shear heck of it ?

Because, more and more people are getting bored of the look. I hear all the time from Apple fans how they would like something new/different. The point is companies need to keep their products more appealing/fresh looking to keep interest. As for yet, this isnt having a big impact on Apple but sooner or later, things are going to have to change.

techbeck said,

Because, more and more people are getting bored of the look. I hear all the time from Apple fans how they would like something new/different. The point is companies need to keep their products more appealing/fresh looking to keep interest. As for yet, this isnt having a big impact on Apple but sooner or later, things are going to have to change.

Windows 8 is a great example of why to not completely overhaul a UI. It just ****es people off and there is no point to do it. Why do all this work over the years to just throw it away and replace it with something different? Apple has done a great job of building a solid OS and building on it with more features and stability. The customer satisfaction percentage is proof that this method works and works well. If people are bored with it, nobody is holding them back from buying something else.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Windows 8 is a great example of why to not completely overhaul a UI. It just ****es people off and there is no point to do it. Why do all this work over the years to just throw it away and replace it with something different? Apple has done a great job of building a solid OS and building on it with more features and stability. The customer satisfaction percentage is proof that this method works and works well. If people are bored with it, nobody is holding them back from buying something else.

I'm not sure about everyone else but I'm not asking for an overhaul, just an update. And by no means am I asking for them to change the layout (aside from perhaps shrinking the home screen icons and fitting 5 across).

Removing the gloss and making the OS a bit more elegant like OS X seems like a good idea to me.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Windows 8 is a great example of why to not completely overhaul a UI. It just ****es people off and there is no point to do it. Why do all this work over the years to just throw it away and replace it with something different? Apple has done a great job of building a solid OS and building on it with more features and stability. The customer satisfaction percentage is proof that this method works and works well. If people are bored with it, nobody is holding them back from buying something else.

Sure worked when MS went from Win3.11 to Win95. But then again, I never was asking for a complete overhaul. Just something new.

Also, people will bitch and moan at a lot of different changes until they get used to it.

King Mustard said,

More people are satisfied with iOS than any other mobile OS.

Problem?

Not more, just a higher percentage of people are happier with iOS. Not surprise there because they are Apple-fanatics.

In absolute numbers, they are 4 times more Android smartphone users in the world than iPhone users. It's easier to please a small, dedicated group than making the worldmarket happy... and still, Android is succeeding there like no one before.