iOS 7 for iPad revealed in images from emulator

It may seem like a lot longer, but it's been just a week since Apple took the covers off iOS 7, revealing a dramatic new look for its mobile operating system. So far, the company has only shown off its latest OS update on the iPhone, but thanks to developers using emulators of iOS 7 for the iPad, images have become available, giving a hint what the OS will look like on Apple's tablets.

The first wave of images was uncovered over the weekend by apfelpage.de, including these two screenshots. On the right, you'll see the Control Center, which includes a flashlight option, curious since the iPad's camera doesn't include a flash. This would suggest that the emulator is using an early OS build, modified from the more complete iPhone version.

Since then, numerous additional screenshots have been revealed by @SonnyDickson, who shared them with 9to5Mac. These include various Settings screens, along with Contacts, seen above. Screenshots of Game Center and Maps can be seen below.

There's a few more images available via the sources, but there's not all that much to see in the various screenshots. Since this is only an early emulator build - and apparently an incomplete one - try not to judge the images too harshly, and expect the finished version of iOS 7 for iPad to look considerably more polished.

Incidentally, if you're interested in getting the iPad iOS 7 emulator working in Xcode 5, 9to5Mac has shared details of how to do so here.

Source and images: apfelpage.de via 9to5Mac

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What I found funny was how when Vista was released, all the ifans laughed at all the translucent and aero glass effects; and now look - iOS7 is the mobile Vista. To bad Apple won;t be selling 380M of them though.

This is why if you like a platform, just like it and be happy. Don't speak ill-fated things about the others. Because the very things you speak against, end up being brought to yours truly.

This will make Android and Windows tablets more appealing. It shows that the spirit of apple is gone and it was Steve Jobs. Once again, like in the 90's, I predict Apple will fade away into a niche market.

Horrible, they manage to change things while still making it look dated and stale. That takes some serious skills. The OS is still pretty much ROW OF ICONS!!!!

They wanted an unique metro-minimal design, but failed. This is "too unique". Many-many hobbist-designer would make much more better UI (using this style) than this.

I actually like the new UI, it freshens up the iPhone I've been using since it arrived. iOS was getting so boring they needed to change it. I'm not keen on the way it zooms the wallpaper when you go in to folders etc and not entirely keen on how somethings look.

The thing that bugs me the most about iOS 7 is the sluggishness of it and its got plently of bugs, not quite as buggy as iOS 6 beta 1 was, but still very buggy and slow.

The design will be refined more by the time its finalized. So far I'm happy with the change, its changed enough to put me of jumping ship to android.

I don't find them any more pathetic and downright childish than I found the iPhone's. Lot of work needs to be done. Lot of white-space. Childish Icons. Pathetic "look" of Control Center. Indistinguishable buttons and components in UI. I am hopeful it will look much more organised once it is finalized.

People really need to quit rushing to judgement until they actually use it. I guess I am guilty of this also. I have it in beta and it's pretty nice. The icons are ugly and I was dissapointed but once you get into the os it's pretty sleek and sharp. My biggest gripe is it's sluggish. There are too many animations such as closing and opening apps and it takes about 2 seconds not to open and close an app where it was under a second before. That starts to add up after opening and closing many apps. Just go right back to the home screen. I don't need you to fade the app out.

I thought the same about the white until I started using it on the iPhone. It's honestly not bad. It's really a non issue. You don't even think about it.

Apple tells consumers what they want and they eat it up.
MS tells consumers what they want and there's a mutiny.

Finally, Apple is getting the feel for what MS has dealt with on Metro/Modern. I like ModernUI as it's simple and effective. Apple seemed to want simple with complexity (aero glass). It's overkill. Maybe there's a way to make it purely flat with no rainbow barf inducing transparencies?

"Apple tells consumers what they want and they eat it up.
MS tells consumers what they want and there's a mutiny."

This.

Due to the polish Apple put into their products, I am guessing most people will adapt to the changes quickly. Okay, iOS isn't that open, but you can feel the polish that's gone into it when using it.

Microsoft on the other hand have been removing staple features from software (ie. Windows 8 (Start menu) and recently Outlook.com (linked accounts)), and this is what has caused the mutinies. I didn't want these features removed - I've been using them for years, and all of a sudden, I'm forced to change how I use my PC. Apple don't remove staple features to make products "better". I do appreciate the addition of Modern UI for tablets/touch screen though.

Transparency should be there - but reduced a little.

This is not "iOS 7 for iPad". It's iOS 7 for iPhone, blown up to iPad proportions.

iOS 7 for iPad hasn't been revealed yet and will probably not use the iPhone design for obvious reasons.

Northgrove said,
This is not "iOS 7 for iPad". It's iOS 7 for iPhone, blown up to iPad proportions.

iOS 7 for iPad hasn't been revealed yet and will probably not use the iPhone design for obvious reasons.


And what exactly IS the iPad OS if not the iPhone OS blown up to iPad proportions?

Let's see if I can summarize this:
1. You all hate something based on a couple of pictures and that no one has seen yet (iPad version)
2. You all love a UI that is not iOS7 and apparently isn't iOS at all
3. Glossy bad, flat bad, icons bad, lots of white bad, transparency bad

How many of you have actually used the os as of yet?

I have, while the background animation is neat the rest of the UI is too disjointed and ugly to use for long... There is seemingly no unified design language behind iOS7 and of course open any 3rd party app and BOOM... time machine

SteveyAyo said,
There is seemingly no unified design language behind iOS7

Layers.

Though I don't see why people are complaining right now as this isn't even a proper version of anything.... and the current iPhone version is in BETA.

Joswin said,

Layers.

Though I don't see why people are complaining right now as this isn't even a proper version of anything.... and the current iPhone version is in BETA.

Layers are a design element, not a design language... if "Layers" is their design language then iOS7 has no hope.

I think the UI looks rather elegant. When it comes to UI design Apple has always been the leader and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

It changed a long time ago, Apple has been in a distant 3rd in terms of UI design for a t least 3 generations... Tied for 1st in hardware though, so they have that going for them still. iOS7 only solidifies themselves as back of the pack for UI

Sonne said,
I think the UI looks rather elegant. When it comes to UI design Apple has always been the leader and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

It changed with iOS 7 big time. The older look was better. It was dated but damn, it wasn't like this. This seriously looks like it was slapped together by junior designer. As a designer myself it just makes me cringe.

Sonne said,
I think the UI looks rather elegant. When it comes to UI design Apple has always been the leader and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

hahaha

It looks great. seems like alot of Surface PRO/RT people will do anything to kill competition.

either flat icons(supposedly) or Playskool(TM) squares.

LOL.... SMH

*sigh* I hate all this flat stuff... just looks boring and almost like the UI designers didn't care...

here I was thinking when win8 went flat, that oh people who didn't like it could just go to iOS or Mac OS... nope... that's all starting or is moving that way already too....... ugh some people want choice! not all the same!

I think in THIS case youre right, but in other cases flat design does NOT mean lazy design. iOS7 proves how easily a designer can screw up trying to achieve "simple" design... its really not as simple as people think

neufuse said,
*sigh* I hate all this flat stuff... just looks boring and almost like the UI designers didn't care...

here I was thinking when win8 went flat, that oh people who didn't like it could just go to iOS or Mac OS... nope... that's all starting or is moving that way already too....... ugh some people want choice! not all the same!

People don't actually want 'choice'. Choice is just a means to an end. They want the end result choice got them to.

It's like being stuck in traffic on your commute and declaring people should have a choice of the routes they take. The routes and the choice have nothing to do with it--they just don't want to be stuck in traffic.

looks nice. very clean very modern. another apple innovation. absolutely nobody is doing this. If they would just make the rounded corners square, they would change the world again. Can you imagine if apple wasn't around to innovate with flat chromeless designs? we'd be doomed!

It needs to be seen on the device to be appreciated, the screenshots don't do it justice, the icons are a bit far out there but look fine on device.

eh, well agree to disagree on that... the fact that they use colorful icons with white graphics at the same time as white icons with colorful graphics makes my eyes bleed on screenshots AND devices... The background thing is pretty cool, everything else is pretty bad.

For a second I thought the screenshot with the map showed two apps side by side, and thought iOS 7 would make the iPad actually useful. Guess it's just the same old toy OS then.

You wouldn't want to do split screen with 4:3 display.

ModernMech said,
For a second I thought the screenshot with the map showed two apps side by side, and thought iOS 7 would make the iPad actually useful. Guess it's just the same old toy OS then.

that transparency thing is too much. we will look back and shake head that apple really introduced that once.

typu said,
that transparency thing is too much. we will look back and shake head that apple really introduced that once.

Reminds me of what I see when I take my contacts out. o.0

I'm curious that it says "My iOS Games" in what looks like a group header. What else would it list?

I suppose it could be clarifying that it includes both iPhone and iPad games?

Because some games are unique to one OR the other, while others are not. (Xcode 5 does allow device-specific targeting for iOS - you can even drill down and target only iDevices with specific features, such as retina displays.). One thing I noticed with the iOS Simulator is there are two different-sized iPhones (with Retina displays) simulated - the current 4-inch display, and a smaller 3.5-inch display - this is quite aside from a standard non-Retina iPhone/iPod touch. Speaking of which, what are your initial impressions of Xcode 5?

Astra.Xtreme said,
The transparency is completely unnecessary and a bit distracting.
Why they think it would be a good idea is beyond me.

yea, i turned it off in win7 because i thought it was uuuuugly. I'm surprised Apple thought it was a good idea to go with that old idea...

ir0nw0lf said,
Apple copying someone else? Unpossible!

Everybody copies everybody nowadays, but in this case, it was a dumb thing to integrate. If it can be turned off via an option (like in OS X), then that's fine I guess.

Fubar said,
So much white, seriously thats going to be headache inducing on an ipad...

Can't help but agree (and not just the iPad) - way too much white. I thought they might offer an option like in WP to use white or black background but doesn't look like it...

Meconio said,
I agree way too much white, and those hideous icons. But seams like a good upgrade in terms of added functionality.

That's how I feel. Sure, I'm an Android guy, but I have an iPad too and I've got nothing against Apple really, but I think the new look just isn't good. It's like they took all the worst elements from Windows Phone and splattered some pastels and a whole bunch of white all over it and called it a day. The new features are nice, but the new look looks mostly the same, if not worse to me.

Jaxkesa said,
Bye bye battery life

Eh, what? On any non-OLED display it absolutely doesn't matter what you're displaying, the backlight is always at the same power level. Displaying black or white makes no difference in power use.

I too prefer an android phone but gotta stick with my iPod touch since a lot of the apps a use in my job are iPhone only. The iOS really needed a revamp I just hope they add the option of a dark theme (which they won't) most likely we'll just have to get use to that amount of white, the icons they claim is a "work in progress" but seriously doubt they will change the ugly ones they already showed us.