Sir Jonathan Ive wants a simpler iOS, we want stuff from Cydia

Sir Jonathan Ive wants a simpler iOS, we want stuff from CydiaLast October, Apple enforced a management shake-up intended to yield, among other things, greater synergy between the hardware and software teams.

Sir Jonathan “Jony” Ive, Apple’s London-born design guy, reportedly now sits in on software and UI meetings, and envisions a simpler iOS. Er, because iOS is so convoluted and unintuitive at the moment?

That’s the story according to The Wall Street Journal, with credit going to “people close to the company”.

Apparently, Jony is pushing for a more “flat design”, one that’s “starker and simpler”, though any changes would be “pretty conservative”. Well let’s face it, there’s not a great deal they can do to make it simpler, right?

Assuming the rumours are true, it’s a risky strategy, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 going all-out on the feature front and seemingly proving hugely popular.

If anything, we’d like to see more flashy features in iOS, perhaps taking inspiration – or balls-out lifting ideas – from some of Cydia’s apps.

How about Auxo’s multitasking cards, with live previews of open apps, or Message+, which allows you to reply to messages without leaving the app you’re currently in. The list is endless. Surely they have to sit down at some point and question what’s worth nicking?

In any case, iOS 7 is expected to debut at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June.

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matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 14:20

No doubt it'll be mind numbingly boring and almost identical to iOS1-6, I also have no doubt that hundreds of millions of devices will end up running it.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 14:36

Yes... Gawd. Will I end up with WP9? Aaaaaargh

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 14:46

Yes... Gawd. Will I end up with WP9? Aaaaaargh
Nah, you'll end up with something strange like Ubuntu, Sailfish or Tizen; just so you can be different to everyone else ;).

Stelph  Mar. 22, 2013 at 14:54

Id certainly like to see the iPad take the Quasar app and make it part of the main iOS. Tiles and swiping are all well and good but that app shows iOS is perfectly capable of running several apps on the same screen so it would be great to see it go native

Otherwise additional toggles are a must and better cross communication between apps so you can share information more easily

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 22, 2013 at 15:24

Ironic as it may sound, Apple should take a look at Windows 8. You have new tiles interface that can be turned off and replaced with traditional windows look.
Add bunch of tweaks/features to iOS and have them turned off by default, those who are interested will figure out how to take advantage.

Just make sure it's easy to switch features on/off.

satchef1  Mar. 22, 2013 at 15:24

There's plenty of scope for making it simpler and more intuitive. iCloud in particular is a mess. The settings menu is also horrendous now. The genius of iOS has always been in its simplicity, but from iOS4 onwards they've been tacking bits on, and the finish just hasn't met the standards of earlier versions. I suspect a lot of users don't even use many of the features (again referencing iCloud, but also the notification menu) because they're fiddly, complicated to set up and too easy to miss.

I'm not sure simpler means less features. It just means better integration of the existing feature set (and any future additions).

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 15:33

Tbh, it sounds like Mr. Ive wants to just revert back to iOS2...that was simple and wasn't a mess. I guess that's the issue with just bolting on new features without ever actually redesigning the OS. Even the infamously messy Android had a total redesign and reorganisation in the form of ICS.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 16:07

Yes, and Android is still a mess. Apple is getting there, too. As already said: settings are getting ridiculous - even more so because on the surface iOS appears oh so neat. Stuff is no longer where you expect it to be.
And as mentioned above: some shortcuts/toggles have to be integrated into the notification bar or the task-switcher.
Blah blah blah...

awoodhall2003  Mar. 22, 2013 at 16:41

iOS 15 on iPhone 7
Our new iPhone 7 has been made so simple it can make a call, send a text and can even receive an email (text only).
I think you will agree with us that this is the most modern and innovative system yet!

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 22, 2013 at 17:13

I think Ive doesn't want Apple gadgets to be smarter than their average user.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 18:38

Easy, tiger :p

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 18:42

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b7U82LDMEbc That's Elop throwing a Finnish TV host's iPhone - the rascal! And he still can't speak Finnish

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