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There has been a lot of talk about the weather app in iOS 7. People have been saying that the app looks “exactly like the Yahoo app” that was released a few months ago. I keep seeing photos of the Yahoo app next to the iOS 7 app. But no one is looking at the stock iOS app.
While there certainly are similarities, between the Yahoo and iOS 7 apps, they are mostly in the typeface. Looking at the Apple weather app in iOS 6 you can see the exact same information is displayed in the same places in the iOS 7 app. Daily high/low, hourly carousel, week view, is all the same, just updated with a new typeface and icons that is consistent with the new look of iOS 7.
Seeing them all together above I would actually argue that all three apps are similar. Displaying all the same information laid out in, more or less, the same places. It kind of looks like Yahoo just modernized the stock iOS 6 weather app (not a bad thing). What isn’t shown is that if you scroll the Yahoo app, you get even more, very useful, information. If Apple really was ripping off Yahoo, wouldn’t they have tried to be as robust?
The truth of the matter is this; the iOS 7 weather app is simply an updated version of the iOS 6 weather app. Yahoo, remarkably, was a head of the design curve and made their own app, that does more. Seeing screen shots of the new Apple app sitting next to the Yahoo app tells one story, sure. But one look at the iOS 6 app, and seeing it in context, tells another.
Lets focus on the rest of iOS 7, and improvements for 8.
The PS4! This is what it looks like.
I’ve got to say. It looks better than the Xbox One.
EDIT: Updated with official pics from the PlaystationEU Blog.
With the official pictures, I can’t help but think that the PS4 looks a lot like the PS2. I’m into it.
Microsoft Xbox Press Conference
Microsoft did what Microsoft does at E3. It brought games. The stand outs were:
- Killer Instinct
- Dead Rising 3
- Sunset Overdrive (new IP from Insomniac!)
- Quantum Break (from Remedy Entertainment)
And, most importantly the Xbox One will launch in 21 markets this year at $499 US 499€ in Europe and £429 for the U.K. Also, good news is that Microsoft has scrapped MS Points in favor of dollars and cents. Finally. Now I’m just going to try really hard to forget that 1600 MS Points is 20 dollars.
To counter Sony’s annoucement of UStream intergration, Microsoft has announced a partnership with Twitch.TV. Gold members can stream from their Xbox One directly to their channels.
The most interesting announcement was about Xbox Live Gold members. Starting July 1st Gold members can download 2 free games a month. This is kind of cool, I’m just not certain how it works. It’s been hard to find information about it. I can’t tell if there will be a back catalog or if you have to download and keep it yourself. I’ll update this when I find out more.
Curious to see what Sony brings tonight!
I made a list of my feature requests over the weekend. But my concern was that all iOS was going to get was a facelift, and no new features.
Well, my fears have subsided. They did both. iOS has been completely redesigned. There’s definitely influence from Windows Phone and from Android, but it’s done very much in an Apple way. They’ve made it their own. They’re playing with translucency, which is kind of cool. You can see through keyboards and notification sliders to a blur of colors. reminding you fo what’s behind.
But they’ve added a ton of background processes. Apps update automatically, and will pull information down as you need it. It’s almost like Apple’s version of Google Now. I imagine location data is going to be a huge focus of new apps.
They focussed on 10 features but there’s really a whole lot more in iOS 7. I feel like we’ve just scratched the surface. Here’s what I thought was important. Obviously, I’m going to have to use it to find out, but for now, my fears have been quelled. I’m excited.
iOS 7 - Fears and Feature Requests
It’s been two years since I put my thoughts together about improvements for my mobile operating of choice. Apple’s WWDC keynote is Monday and we are going to get our first look at Jony Ive’s vision of iOS. But as I said a few weeks ago on Twitter, I am a little fearful that all we are going to get is a design overhaul.
Look we all know that Jony Ive is a very talented designer. He can keep himself laser focused on a vision and execute. Absolutely. But my fear is that all we’re going to get is a redesign. Yes, iOS does feel a little dated, especially compared to Windows Phone, but cleaning up some features and adding others is actually more important to me than a design overhaul.
My fear is that due to the limited time Ive has had with the OS (roughly 7 months) we’re just going to get something shiny that doesn’t increase functionality and productivity. And really, that’s what I need out of an OS and my applications. A smarter, faster OS that makes me more productive is where I’m going to be most happy.
I’m not saying that we aren’t going to get both. I’m just worried that there wasn’t enough time to have both. A pretty OS with the same features is kind of meh, to me.
Ok, all that said. I’ve got a list of 7 feature requests for iOS 7. Here goes: