Next year’s iPhone – probably called the iPhone 6 – and its iOS 7 will bring sexy back to Apple. That’s our prediction of course.
iPhone 6 & iOS 7 predictions
There are a few who reckon that this won’t happen, though, and think that Apple should leave well alone – “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…” The thing is, though, iOS 6 looks just like iOS 5, and just like the iOS before that. The iPhone 5 is almost a carbon (well, aluminium) copy of the 4S and the 4. What we need is a design leap similar to that of the 3GS to the 4, and an OS that doesn’t follow skeuomorphism anymore.
There’s no proof that Apple’s working on a new OS, but we can only hope that Jony Ive will be working his magic on the software team. Hopefully there’ll finally be the features that we’ve been waiting for for ages.
What would transform iOS, then? PhoneDog has some suggestions, like animated icons. These icons could pull out all the stops and have dynamic information that pops up when you touch each one. If the info relates to the app’s functionality, even better. This would look great and unique, and would bring new life to iOS.
Apple does have to carry on combining its software platform, though. While new features are needed, Apple could definitely make iOS 7 behave more like Mac OS X does on desktops. There could be a widget that’s scrollable on the homepage and on the Twitter client, both being synced via iCloud, like several apps already.
Some might say that this is a bit too close to Android and its widgets, but Apple could personalise it if it wants.
It’s believed that the iPhone 6 will be out in 2013, and if this also means a madeover iOS 7, all the better.
Apple should really shake things up – when it released the new iPad last year, that’s what it was called – the New iPad. Why doesn’t this happen for the iPhone? Why should the iPhone have to have either a number or a letter S suffix? The company could start afresh in 2013 and release a reworked phone and OS to really get people talking.
It may be the Apple devotees holding innovation back, but a change is needed. They seemed to like the 4” screen on the iPhone 5, so they are happy with changes. OK, iOS isn’t broken, but it could do with a revamp, as could the design of the iPhone.
Apple should stop telling its fans what they don’t want – like NFC, expandable storage, wireless charging and so on, and give these features to people so they can make their own minds up. These features, if they were unpopular, would just be ignored and removed quietly from the next iteration. Apple is making a tidy buck, so not including NFC, a bigger display (4.3-inches perhaps?) and wireless charging is not a cost-cutting exercise.
What do you think? Should Apple majorly change iOS 7 and the iPhone 6 next year? Or should they follow the usual tick-tock cycle and release an iPhone 5S to combat rivals.