Since the departure of Scott Forstall there has been a lot of talk that skeuomorphism will be removed from iOS and that it’s been rumoured Jony Ive never liked it and now its days are numbered.
Apps still apply skeuomorphism within their icons and I for one would like to see that go as soon as possible.
DayOne for example is a beautifully designed app and nothing within the app would suggest that they are inspired by skueomorphism, except its icon. Its designed to look like a small book. It’s nice and I understand the concept but it’s another small indication that skeumorphism is still alive and well even within the minds of 3rd party developers.
We don’t need to wait for Apple to change 3rd parties could start making there work more flat and one app at a time defeat skeuomorphism.
08th February - 2013
Widgets Won’t Save iOS
I’ve seen a few suggestions being iOS 7 should have widgets. No, iOS 7 doesn’t need widgets. What it does need is completely rethought. iOS was designed and built for a time when a mobile phone was still mainly a phone and now they have become far more than that and the way people use them show that trend.
“When you’re trying to solve a problem on a new product type, you become completely focused on problems that seem a number of steps removed from the main product. That problem solving can appear a little abstract, and it is easy to lose sight of the product.” - Jonathan Ive
The new product within Ive’s scope is iOS and widgets are the obvious thing to add and far from being many steps removed. I think it’s safe to assume that a complete revamp of iOS is coming.
What’s your thoughts?
22nd January - 2013
Me, Myself & iCloud
I find myself in an uncomfortable situation when updating to iOS 5. iOS 5 gave me a new @me.com account but I was never happy using it for aesthetic reasons, it never got used and I remained with gmail. I later realised @iCloud.com account was being offered in iOS 6 so when I got my iCloud mail account I wanted to use it on my iPhone 5, but the default is set to send from the @me.com account.
If you want to make @iCloud.com your default account rather than using @me.com here’s how:
Settings > iCloud > Account > Advanced / Mail > Allow Sending From > ‘Switch Off Your Me Account’ - Done.