Awesome iOS concept takes cues from WP8

A lot rests on the head of iOS 7. Since its inception in 2007, iOS has retained basically the same UI, with minor graphical tweaks as the hardware became available that could support the added flourishes. Other operating systems, like Android and Windows Phone, have popped up and started challenging the iPhone's dominance, both in marketshare and design. According to the WSJ, Apple isn't planning many drastic changes in iOS 7, which will possibly put a slight damper on the iPhone 5S' launch. 

If Apple were to update the look and feel of iOS, however, they should turn to Jesse Head, a graphic designer from Australia. Head has designed, and produced a mock-up for, a new UI for Apple's app switching mechanism. The mock-up includes a new "tile" interface, similar to that of Windows Phone and WebOS, which allows the user to jump quickly between apps in a beautiful, fluid way. In the included video, head demos a number of proposed changes, including a new way of interacting with open apps. Like WebOS, apps can be swiped off the page to close them, a neat feature. The new app switcher also would allow the user to search open apps quickly, something many iOS users wish for. 

Whether Apple will unveil anything dramatic in iOS 7 (and we're hoping they do), is yet to be seen. But if they want any advice on how iOS should be done, they need to hire Jesse Head. 

Source: Jesse Head via Gizmodo

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I love the concept. However, Apple has to think about a complete redesign to compete with Android. At least IMHO. And I've been an iPhone user from 1-5 but now use a Google Nexus.

Isn't the way that iOS works is that when you switch away from an app, that app "freezes", with certain background functionality (i.e. music playing, offering notifications, etc.) still going on? In that case, this switcher couldn't have live previews, unless iOS changed how it handles apps not being currently used.

Or has it changed since when app-switching was added?

Also, I didn't like that this mock-up only shows one app on the screen at a time, while the existing one shows four at the bottom of the screen.

Windows Mobile influence? This site has turned into a Windows Mobile fanboy joke.

The Windows Mobile app switcher was on WebOS long before Windows Mobile which this is a complete copy of. It was much better as well using gestures instead of a button.

Since WebOS as a smartphone isn't quite alive anymore, and Windows Phone is (which is already known to have been inspired by WebOS on this), then it makes sense to refer to the one that still exists for use. Gesture v button is subjective.

Watch Out Man! Apple will steal that and claim they own it and never pay the person who actually developed it. Example? Hughes create wifi-sync that allowed a jailbroken device to sync wirelessly to iTunes. Apple stole it, gave no credit and no money. The dev sent it to Apple for approval, they said no and yet implemented it in the next iOS firmware release. Dont shop Apple nothing if you dont want it stolen. Make them sign something first before you show them anything. Make it legally binding with an attach outrageous dollar amount if they even steal a piece of it. Make it say, in the event APple dismisses my app but chooses instead to steal any part of it, Apple must pay me $5Billion in damages. Make them sign it...if they refuse to sign you show them nothing. Protect yourself. Did you all see the movie? What was it called?

This is exactly like WebOS' Cards.

Oh, and just like iOS' Safari tab switcher for iPhone, which I believe pre-dates even WebOS.

And it's kind of been done already with jailbroken iPhones, a la the tweak Cardswitcher, or Auxo (just no live previews)

While nice, I'm not sure it improves the app switcher all that much. I like how he did the toggles but other than that I can see why the app switching is as it is on iOS. The way I see it, Apple didn't want something that would drastically interrupt what you were doing by taking the whole screen for app switching. Secondly, it's not all that important to know what's on the app's screen. There's one window for each app and you most likely know yourself what each one was doing when you last used it.

LaXu said,
While nice, I'm not sure it improves the app switcher all that much. I like how he did the toggles but other than that I can see why the app switching is as it is on iOS. The way I see it, Apple didn't want something that would drastically interrupt what you were doing by taking the whole screen for app switching. Secondly, it's not all that important to know what's on the app's screen. There's one window for each app and you most likely know yourself what each one was doing when you last used it.
Well I rathjer have what I saw above than what they have now. Apple could have wanted such, but risked being sued. What they have now isnt an app switcher. It simply places the icons for the most recenbt apps you opened at a double tap which is faster than lets say scrolling 10 home pages to get to it. Howveer its lame and shows a lack of innovation.

Having to dive into the settings menu to do simple stuff like turn off BT or WiFi is also lame. The best a jailbreak could do was give u an icon that took you directlyto the setting directly. So if I chose the WiFI icon, it would take me directly to the wifi setting screen. Still lame but a much better option. Then Apple killed the ability to add those in iOS 5.1.

What I see above looks very nice and very easy to manipulate. The problem is, Apple thinks you all are to dump to handle such. Android makes it just as easy. U hold the home button, it brings up the task manager screen and you swipe away the apps u want to close. Just as easy as the above.

The way that it works/animates is exactly like Windows Phone lol, just with a few minor improvements and uglier clunky iOS icons.

DarkNet said,
Windows Phone LOL. This is more like WebOS. When Android ICS came out, Matias Duarte implemented that on Stock Android as well. Although the tiles are not live since it is a bit overkill for now, it is still a lot better than pre-ICS. 


Matias Duarte's is the Director of Android operating system User Experience at Google. Before coming to Google, Matias did the same thing for WebOS.


So please stop playing the "Windows Phone has this feature" card and do some quality research. The idea was in WebOS first called Card View or just Cards. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoBx5O6KKz8


This doesn't look like WP: http://cache.gizmodo.com/asset...d7dd73bf890b41c2840e084.jpg

Windows Phone LOL. This is more like WebOS. When Android ICS came out, Matias Duarte implemented that on Stock Android as well. Although the tiles are not live since it is a bit overkill for now, it is still a lot better than pre-ICS.

Matias Duarte's is the Director of Android operating system User Experience at Google. Before coming to Google, Matias did the same thing for WebOS.

So please stop playing the "Windows Phone has this feature" card and do some quality research. The idea was in WebOS first called Card View or just Cards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoBx5O6KKz8

Why the christ do "tech sites" keep posting about Apple "concepts"... who cares what some random dude thinks this stuff will look like. Stop it already.

WOW...
Nobody here uses a jailbraked iphone?
Exept for the expose like app mode with live updates. All the other things were STOLED by this designer from current products i use.
With zephyr (JB app) i have the swipe from bottom access to taskmanager and the swipe from outside the screen, right or left to switch between opened apps.
And the music control, and other stolen things he showed. Are already available using AUXO, including swipe app down to close...
Nothing new under the sun here.


So using AUXO + ZEPHYR.. you can conclude this guy is a crook. hahahahhaha.
I can't believe such video does to mainpage, and so many fools believing iOS is limited to what apple wants to show you. For me is much more stable than any android (i already killed a gsg3 (most delicate phone ever)) and in customization, if jailbroken, iOS have nothing to envy.
Try those apps if you dont believe me

Its taken a lot of cues from Android (ICS and up) as well as Windows 8, since there's a wide range of cues I'd be hesitant to say "Oh they just stole ideas" (They being the concept developers NOT apple!!)

Although they have implemented a lot of cool ideas from other OS's into this concept its a bit sad to see no massive improvement over what's all ready out there. iOS has never been the best at multi tasking, if this concept was a reality it would be an outstanding improvement but would only bring it on par with the others.

I really like the way that Ubunutu, Firefox and there's a launcher that's really cool too but I forget the name of it, bu anyway, I like the way they are going. Some really intuitive app switching there.

Other than that, the video is well made and thankfully doesn't do a complete rip off from any particular OS.

Some will look back and will say that Microsoft did influence many of things design elements that are going into new apps from android, apple, etc. you can see it now. Fonts being thinner, simple UI elements even in Gmail, weather Apps, android widgets.

You know what I think you're right. And there is a lot I don't like about Windows 8. I think some of the design style is there and is good. But the no borders and constant unthought out spacing where pages just cut off in the middle of the text or the displayed imagery drive me crazy. It's simple mistakes like that that make me really hate Windows 8.

I don't think Google or Apple are going to take design advice from someone who has a 2.4% smartphone market share. Unfortunately, Windows Phone is just not relevant.

I agree. I just think when it comes to the minimalism they got some things right. I think they just went overboard and need to back track a little.

Yeah parts of it look a lot like Windows phone. The fast app switching is exactly like windows phone and the updating tiles are pretty blatantly derivative but that is the kind of thing that is hard to make an IP case on.

CSharp. said,
I see the WebOS influence, not sure I see the cues taken from WP8. Maybe I'm just not familiar enough with it?

Exactly my thoughts! Not to mention that the switcher could also be inspired from Safari's tab browsing which were released way before WP7. Jesus.

blackjezuz said,
the updating tiles are pretty blatantly derivative

You mean because they are called "tiles" in the video? Because it appears to be simply a live preview of the running app. Just like in Mission Control on OS X.

SubZenit said,
the switcher could also be inspired from Safari's tab browsing

Oh yeah, that too.

CSharp. said,
I see the WebOS influence, not sure I see the cues taken from WP8. Maybe I'm just not familiar enough with it?

That's because Microsoft copied WebOS and Matias Duarte implemented that on Stock ICS Android. Matias Duarte was the man responsible for bringing that UX to WebOS. Hence why Google hired him.

If coded correctly, virtually nil. The app would only have to display a live preview when selected, the rest could be stored as static images. In fact, each could be stored in a suspended state, à la Metro.

Ali Assal said,
Then Apple will sue Microsoft.

It's highly unlikely apple will ever sue MS or vice versa, they have a patent sharing agreement and other sorts of agreements.

You know what. It's awesome, but it won't happen.

I love OS X and my rMBP… but I sold my iPhone 4S to buy a GSIII. iOS is stuck in 2009 and it won't change anytime soon.

I'd say the same about OSX as well, regarding any big changes, especially with looks. It's hardly changed since release in 2001. Compare OSX changes to XP > Win 8 and all the changes inbetween that MS have made.

OSX looks just a as dated as iOS - Shiny icons, gradients, rounded corners, reflections, massive drop shadows, material emulation (cheesy wood and metal) is all graphic design trends from the early 2000's and just looks like ****.

Apple went stale a long time ago. MS now lead in design and innovation.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
OSX looks just a as dated as iOS - Shiny icons, gradients, rounded corners, reflections, massive drop shadows, material emulation (cheesy wood and metal) is all graphic design trends from the early 2000's and just looks like ****.

You really haven't seen Mac OS X in a while, have you? Metal is long dead. Very long dead. now it's leather.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
I'd say the same about OSX as well, regarding any big changes, especially with looks. It's hardly changed since release in 2001. Compare OSX changes to XP > Win 8 and all the changes inbetween that MS have made.

OSX looks just a as dated as iOS - Shiny icons, gradients, rounded corners, reflections, massive drop shadows, material emulation (cheesy wood and metal) is all graphic design trends from the early 2000's and just looks like ****.

Apple went stale a long time ago. MS now lead in design and innovation.

Yes, because Windows 8 back to Windows 1.0 is the way to go, uh?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YjYL...s640/1987+-+Windows+2.0.jpg

http://osxbook.com/book/bonus/ancient/vpc/images/win101.gif

OS X is still gorgeous compared to that HORRIBLE Windows 8 UI.
It's not because you "innovate" that you are actually doing something better.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

sorry, if you can't accept the truth.

You can't handle the truth.

MS is decaying... unfortunately, that's the truth and sales numbers reflect this issue, not fanboy's wishes. Sorry.

it looks like a kid's playground. It's just aweful and I'm not talking about the colors... instead of moving forward Microsoft decided to take 20 steps back in the wrong direction.

siah1214 said,

So someone picked ****ty colors for their start screen and you're blaming MS?

Right.


Plus can OSX choose different colors for the OS? Besides Grey.

siah1214 said,

So someone picked ****ty colors for their start screen and you're blaming MS?

Right.


I'm not blaming anyone. I'm glad for (and in fact envy) you if you enjoy the Start Screen. I honestly don't. I'm not just saying hat because I'm rooting for either "team", it's just how I feel. And I really don't care who's more "innovative" or the "leader in design". At the end of the day, what counts is whether or not you enjoy the interface.

myxomatosis said,
You know what. It's awesome, but it won't happen.

The tile multitask switching won't happen due to a "No Feature Copy" agreement between Apple and Microsoft. I'd like to see WP8 implement app shutdown via the swipe tile up (WebOS) method though.

Luis Mazza said,

You can't handle the truth.

MS is decaying... unfortunately, that's the truth and sales numbers reflect this issue, not fanboy's wishes. Sorry.

$15 BILLION a quarter in NET profit is decay? Where do I sign up?

Luis Mazza said,

You can't handle the truth.

MS is decaying... unfortunately, that's the truth and sales numbers reflect this issue, not fanboy's wishes. Sorry.

lets see. 4 1/2 months in, 4x the installed base of android tablets, same installed base as ipads, more than half the installed base of MacOS(all versions). You're just blowing smoke because you've been too busy trying to convince yourself that whatever obsolete and irrelevant OS you like would at least have a chance. Windows 8 in a few short months wiped out all these OSes, You call this competition? I call this murder.

CSharp. said,

You can choose any color you want so long as it is grey.

I bought a new iPod iTouch the other day because my Zune died after dropping it in a puddle of water. After installing iTunes, I was amazed at how much of a mess Apple design is. I think I counted 6 different button styles on one window - gray Sync button, blue Done button, the ff/rw/play buttons, the buttons to show apps/music/videos, the button to cancel a sync, the buttons on the top right (can't remember what they are right now), and while playing with it I found 3 other button styles. Some may not like the Win8 UI, but at least it is consistent.

CSharp. said,

What the hell?

Just trying to figure out why he would have such a violent reaction to a square. There has to be a reason, something deep in his past that would cause his vomiting because of a simple geometric figure. There are squares about us everyday, so I am concerned about him because it must be horrible to live a life to vomit every time you see one.

Luis Mazza said,

MS is decaying... unfortunately, that's the truth and sales numbers reflect this issue, not fanboy's wishes. Sorry.

I'm sure others can agree with me on this point, but every since Win 95 I've heard either the exact same statement you are making here, or something very similar, and guess what, it never happens. MS is still going strong, they are making more money and growing their business year over year.

Having said all of that, I have no skin in the game, and I'm not implying Win 8 is going to successful or that it doesn't have problems, nor am I defending MS in any way. In a few years MS could decay, but it's not now. I'm just tired of people making predication based on opinion and thinks it's fact. No offense to you seriously, just trying to point out the difference.

DRock said,

I'm sure others can agree with me on this point, but every since Win 95 I've heard either the exact same statement you are making here, or something very similar, and guess what, it never happens. MS is still going strong, they are making more money and growing their business year over year.

Having said all of that, I have no skin in the game, and I'm not implying Win 8 is going to successful or that it doesn't have problems, nor am I defending MS in any way. In a few years MS could decay, but it's not now. I'm just tired of people making predication based on opinion and thinks it's fact. No offense to you seriously, just trying to point out the difference.

Fine, but it's not only "opinion"... It's based on observations and the companie's repeated serious mistakes.
You couldn't make good predictions in the past about MS' failure because there were no real competitors and technologies. Now there is... and they're huge.

DRock said,

I'm sure others can agree with me on this point, but every since Win 95 I've heard either the exact same statement you are making here, or something very similar, and guess what, it never happens. MS is still going strong, they are making more money and growing their business year over year.

Having said all of that, I have no skin in the game, and I'm not implying Win 8 is going to successful or that it doesn't have problems, nor am I defending MS in any way. In a few years MS could decay, but it's not now. I'm just tired of people making predication based on opinion and thinks it's fact. No offense to you seriously, just trying to point out the difference.

What the losers who crack on Microsoft dont understand when they say they are going to die is this and it is so simple their loose brains can't comprehen it.

When you have a product that takes up 90% of a single market and trends change, you have time to get with that trend. Even if you make some mistakes at the beginning, you still have time to get it right.

This is unlike a company like Apple. When you have a product like the Mac that has a 5% world marketshare and the trend from desktop went to mobile, you had a short time to make a change and it had to work out the box. Lucky for APple the trick did work, but they are doing the sam thing MS did with WM and what RIM did with Blackberry. They create a trend they ran with it for year after year with hardly any change and they allowed competetion to catch up and past them and make thme look dated.

In the old says when companys didnt have a lot of money, and you wree the boss, you didnt have much to worry about. Now that has changed as money isnt the issue. All it takes is a good idea, name Facebook and Samsung and yoiu can be left in the dust.

APple had a full 2 year advantage over google and you look at the market as they both grew. Google doubled Android market every year aftyer release while APple did not. Apple one size fit all model is what they tried with the Mac and see how that worked for them. When you make a product for everyone you stand to make more money. Apple did much better with the iPod and its siblings, but what have they done in the past 6+ years? NOTHING.

The Samsung commercials are funny as they are true. Getting excited about a connector that is all digital, bec they added one row of icons and because th headphones jack is at the bottm and making a phone talk is lame and has been done before. NOTHING NEW NOHING OT LOOK FORWARD TOO.