The iOS 7 concept deviates from earlier examples like Auxo, focusing on a full screen live preview of running apps and a search function to help users find the app they want faster.
Current rumors point to an iPhone 5S release later this year, possibly in July, August or September. Apple typically releases a new version of iOS with each iPhone, which leads many to believe that the iOS 7 release date is somewhere in this three-month period as well.
Jesse Head created what is one of the best looking iOS 7 concepts to date. The video below highlights a new direction for multitasking in iOS 7. This is not an official leak by any means, but it does show how Apple could change things up to deliver a new experience in iOS 7.
iOS 7 Concept for iPhone 5 & iPhone 5S
While Apple is content with leaving controls out of the Notification Center and multitasking, Android devices are adding fast access to common controls in similar areas. As iOS evolves and iOS 7 arrives, a natural evolution would be to add similar shortcuts to frequently used settings. This iOS 7 concept shows one way Apple could deliver these controls without adding complexity.
Users can get a look at how iOS 7 might look on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S by watching this companion video on the iPhone 5. The iOS 7 concept video is formatted for the 1136 x 640 display of the iPhone 5. This is the best way to see the experience iOS 7 could deliver on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5.
Faster App Switching
This iOS 7 concept delivers a faster app switching experience with fast, full screen swiping through open apps. Head originally planned to include the ability to pin apps to this screen, but settled on keeping the running apps only since the home screen already offers fast access to favorite apps.
The iOS 7 concept allows users to quickly swipe through various apps to see what is on the screen. This is much more elegant than using app icons, too many of which look similar to every other blue-shaded app icon.
If the purpose of the app switcher and multitasking is to get users quickly back to an app they recently used, the current method is slow and cumbersome.
Rather than asking users to remember the app icons, this iOS 7 concept shows off a nearly full screen live preview of the recently used apps. This makes it easier to find the app you are looking for, and it also delivers the ability to get the information needed without opening the app — saving time.
This iOS 7 concept brings search to the Multitasking bar, allowing users to perform a Spotlight-like search of apps. Head acknowledges that there is already a search option in iOS, but this version focuses only on apps, and is accessible without heading to the home screen.
Swipe to Quit
When a user wants to quit an app there is no longer a need to hold down the app then tap on a tiny ‘x’. In Head’s iOS 7 concept, a simple swipe will quit an open app. The concept shows no safety net for apps that are in use in the background, but the Auxo Jailbreak app shows us that such a warning is possible for apps playing music or in use for navigation.
The iOS 7 concept shows music controls in the Multitasking screen throughout the entire user experience so there is no need to swipe left to get to the music controls. This offers faster, consistent access to playback controls.
Brightness Control & Toggles
The iOS 7 concept hides a brightness slider and control toggles for common settings behind a swipe left or right. Many android devices offer similar fast access to settings, and users who jailbreak can add quick access to settings and brightness with apps like Auxo or SBSettings. Given the desire for similar functionality in an iPhone 5 with the iOS 6.1 jailbreak, it’s clear many users are hoping for a similar solution.
iPhone 5S Rumors
The iPhone 5S is rumored as the next iPhone, which is likely the incremental upgrade ahead of an iPhone 6 in 2014. Current rumors point to an iPhone 5S release date in Q3 2013. We could see hints of iPhone 5S features at WWDC 2013, which is where Apple will likely show off iOS 7.
The latest iPhone 5S rumors claim the iPhone will feature a similar design to the iPhone 5, but with a killer feature. The killer feature is likely tied to iOS 7 based on analyst statements. The most likely new iPhone 5S features are a fingerprint reader and a better camera.
Check out the latest iPhone 5S news and rumors.