New iOS 7 Concept Adds Almost Every Feature You’ve Ever Wanted [Video]

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Apple is reportedly gearing up to make big changes to iOS 7, changes so big that it’s had to pull engineers away from OS X 10.9 development to help get it finished for its release later this year. I’m just hoping that the Cupertino company adds some of the features included in the latest iOS 7 concept video below.

Designed by Federico Bianco, the concept adds almost every feature we’ve ever wanted in iOS, including quick message reply, quick settings, widgets, Mission Control, and lots more. Check it out below.

Unlike the iOS 7 concepts we’ve already seen, which just describe a couple of new features, Bianco’s runs for four minutes and demonstrates a whole host of improvements to the iOS platform. Every change he’s made would enhance the iOS experience without completely overhauling it.

Is there a feature in that video you wouldn’t like to see on your iPhone or iPad? I particularly like quick reply and the clever “widgets” that appear when you double-tap an app icon. These are changes that would make a number of simple tasks — such as replying to a text message — much quicker.

What’s nice about Bianco’s concept is that it makes all of these improvements without really changing too much; it’s still the same iOS we’ve been using for the past six years, only better. I’m in the camp that’s been crying out for an iOS refresh, but this concept proves the platform could be improved without major changes.

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  • highlightshadow

    Apple just needs to hire this guy right now and incorporate the whole lot into iOS7
    Everything is perfectly in keeping with the current feel and doesn’t look disjointed or out of place at all…

  • daov2a

    I agree with highlightshadow. This guy should be working at Apple. He knows what users want.

    If even half of these are implemented, I would ditch my jailbreak. Otherwise, iOS7 will be on the backburner for me.

    The only addition I would like is the ability to delete multiple items at once. One at a time really blows when dumping off local files.

    By far, the only iOS7 concept video that has been worthwhile so far. Better choice in music and better features in the concept. Kudos!

  • MrsCleaver

    Looks like Apple has been studying most of the better and more useful jailbreak tweaks and addons. Some of them are exact copies of ones found on Cydia, and others are close approximations. One or two are even better.

    A concept video is one thing, full implementation is another. I’ll curb my enthusiasm for the moment, but remain hopeful. Meanwhile jailbreak!

  • gettysburg11s

    Wow, why hasn’t Apple hired this guy. Maybe if they did, they would not be behind on iOS 7. Looks like some great stuff. As always though, there will likely be a large gulf between concepts like this and the actual shipping product.

  • bondr006

    Do the designers and engineers at Apple actually use iDevices? If they do, I can’t believe they are just happy playing it safe. Apple needs some fresh new forward thinking people that actually use the product to design the UI for their OS. I could only wish this was iOS 7. Come on Apple! Playing it safe isn’t going to keep you on top. Get back to the motto and frame of mind that got you to the top in the first place…”Think different”

  • markrlangston

    Steve called from the afterlife. His simple and poignant reply was, “yes”.

    WOW!! Just…I mean…wow!! EVERY concept here is utterly amazing and I fear that I’ve just been ruined. Unless Apple doesn’t implement EVERYTHING this guy did I fear I’ll be violently disappointed by whatever Ive comes up with. I don’t think Bianco missed a thing and coming up with Shelf was genius. Pure, unadulterated genius.

    Even more impressive was showing how these features would work on the iPad. Most concepts never go beyond the iPhone but Bianco obviously put love and affection into this concept reel.

    Obviously things would bounce more and animate a bit smoother but that’s the only thing I can critique. The root of his concepts are stupidly spot on and, again, I can only hope and pray that Apple is doing something similar or dip into their $157 billion dollar war chest and hire this guy as the new head of UX design. I doubt even Forstall had this type of vision.

    Having said that, wouldn’t it be funny if this was Forstall in disguise trying to subtly nudge Ive. Either that or he’s screwing over Apple and Ive by spoiling the surprise.

    I don’t care who made this, I want it in iOS 7!!

  • daov2a

    One further addition would be default alterations for browser and maps. Beautiful otherwise.

  • Gadget

    Close all open apps. That alone is worth it. But seriously, this is a very well done concept. Jony Ive, pay attention to this!

  • Eurofag

    I don’t really like the video. I have high hopes for iOS 7 but mainly with all new design elements, with a more slick, “Apple-ish” look and no skeuomorphism). I’ll never understand the need for those quick switches. How often do you turn wifi or BT on/off? Because I never turned them off since getting my i5. And hardly ever used airplane mode since DND got introduced. Quick reply is a bit meaningless imho.
    The message app could use a “call contact” function but that’s it.
    Some of the “widgets” are good but they don’t add enough that it would worth the additional clutter. And why is it better to double tap the music app icon than double click the home button?
    Download in safari would be good but it’s also a bit redundant (together with shelf), since open in… will save the file in that app.
    The app switcher could use an improvement but not like this (auxo nailed it). I mean, come on. This would actually slow down app switching. Close all is again a thing that is, due to how ios handles backgrounded tasks, kinda pointless.

    My main gripe about these concept videos (bar a few that are mainly design driven) that they fill iOS with stuff that should stay as JB tweaks (or tweaks that can be installed without JB, doesn’t matter). And hammering all that additional stuff into iOS would change what it really is and what the beauty of it is: the quick, simple and minimalistic system. There are certain places to improve, sure, but most of these videos fail to nail them.

    Setting default apps, for example, would be nice.

    But I appreciate the effort to put something like that together.

  • MrsCleaver

    Those of you commenting on the incredible concepts featured in the “concept video” don’t realize that most, if not all, already exist in the Cydia store, and are available for free or a buck or two after jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad running iOS 6 to 6.1.2. They’re not the result of the videographer, but of many clever programmers who have been doing this a long time. By jailbreaking (unless you’ve upgraded to 6.1.3), you can have any or all of them… and many more.

    And to the guy who asked what’s the big deal about being able to toggle Bluetooth or Airplane mode, I have two comments: first, many people DO wish or need to toggle those states, even if he does not. Second, there are MANY more things to access with a simple press, like brightness, locking, location services, etc.

    Also, jailbreaking brings a clever app called Activator, which basically allows you to use the already well-designed touch screen of your iDevice, to control virtually any feature you can imagine. Why have all that real estate if you can’t use it for clever taps and gestures? Hard to appreciate what you’re missing until you see what’s available.

    If you’re not on 6.1.3, by all means jailbreak with evasi0n, and a new world of control is available.

    PS: I’m not affiliated with anyone or anything concerning these issues.

  • rhassan

    the concept has lots of inconsistency and insecurity, especially when accessing other apps on the lock screen. have to consider an iOS with security code on the lock screen. At the moment Apple try to create an iOS that is useful for end user and not to forget for corporate as well. It has to be able to provide high security to protect data (email, msgs, notes), phone access and still simple to use.

    double click on apps to show mini dialog screen is not gonna work because:
    1. it defeat the purpose of simple to use.
    2. it will create lags between single click and launching the app.
    3. it will confuse first timer or those end users who don’t use computer as much as we do.
    4. since the apps will open in same page as where you left before, then single click on the app will show what interest you most. for example:
    - single click on calendar will show calendar on your fave views and click home button will go back to home too. That process save user 1 click compared to your video, and it provides more control / option on the apps too.
    - Single click on ipod will show you playlist or ipod control. If you want to repeat the song, you can select the current song on the playlist screen or double click on previous/rewind button on ipod control screen. But if you would like to access ipod control menu, double click on home button on lock screen is easier, or best option will be double click on volume buttons. I think there’s a jailbreak app for that and you dont even have to unlock the phone. Again, at the end it will save user 1 click on the home screen.

    Double click on home button to show current running apps with the apps preview is very useful. I think this will comes up on the new iOS. But due to limited resources at the moment, i dont think this will work. iOS doesn’t really provide true multitasking like Androids, Blackberry, Symbian and old Windows Mobile. True multitasking will consume so much resources. This is why most of Android phones comes with quad cores or 8 cores with big rams because they really need this big specs to accomodate the OS. And this will affect battery efficiency too. For comparison, Samsung Galaxy S3 (Quad cores 1.4Ghz, 2100mah) vs iPhone 5 (ARMv7 1.02Ghz-2 cores, 1440mah). Both last about in a day. So, we’ll see on the upcoming upgrades on Apple mobile processor and balance them with the next iOS too.

    I believe most of people who see this video will feel amazed because they bored with current iOS interface and we longing for a simpler and different interface. Apple has been using the same iOS interface for too long. I think Johnny Ive will create a slightly different interface on iOS 7. Hopefully interface will show content / social more than the apps. Maybe something like Facebook Home or window mobile 8, but in Apple way. :)

  • Cgs101

    Some of the ideas here are really bad… Mission control mainly, and Settings just rings the ugliness alert..

  • MacFangirl1200

    Those of you commenting on the incredible concepts featured in the “concept video” don’t realize that most, if not all, already exist in the Cydia store, and are available for free or a buck or two after jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad running iOS 6 to 6.1.2. They’re not the result of the videographer, but of many clever programmers who have been doing this a long time. By jailbreaking (unless you’ve upgraded to 6.1.3), you can have any or all of them… and many more.

    And to the guy who asked what’s the big deal about being able to toggle Bluetooth or Airplane mode, I have two comments: first, many people DO wish or need to toggle those states, even if he does not. Second, there are MANY more things to access with a simple press, like brightness, locking, location services, etc.

    Also, jailbreaking brings a clever app called Activator, which basically allows you to use the already well-designed touch screen of your iDevice, to control virtually any feature you can imagine. Why have all that real estate if you can’t use it for clever taps and gestures? Hard to appreciate what you’re missing until you see what’s available.

    If you’re not on 6.1.3, by all means jailbreak with evasi0n, and a new world of control is available.

    PS: I’m not affiliated with anyone or anything concerning these issues.

    Some people don’t want to jailbreak. Apple has protection

  • CharilaosMulder

    NONONONONO. I just saw an overcomplication of everything I love in iOS. A downloads manager and a shelf? Why not directly open in the app that can handle the file? especially if the so called shelf cannot preview anything.

    and mission control REALLY!? I never saw such bad UI design on a pocketable display. The current app switcher at least works due to it’s great information architecture: I can see 4 running apps simultaneously, while also seeing the app that currently running (to which I can resume with just a tap).

    And what’s that little message reply thingy? With the exact same swipe to reply or tap on a banner you can go to the real messages app, which lets you send photos/videos and talk to other people. Want to go away? press the home button instead of tapping the cancel button. IT DOESNT ADD ANYTHING TO THE EXPERIENCE, IT JUST CRIPPLES THE FUNCTIONALITY AND MAKES IT MORE COMPLICATED.

    And if pressing the Settings app is his favourite way of accessing quick settings, why not just rearrange the settings list and put the most relevant toggles on top of the list for instant access?

    Sorry for all my frustration, but I’m losing faith in some iOS users, because they clearly have no clue of great UI design that really works, nor do they know Apples philosophy (why is this guy not using some android phone really? what’s his reason to use an iPhone with this kind of ideas?). And then there’s Apple, which lately “listens to their users”.

  • JacktheMac

    And if pressing the Settings app is his favourite way of accessing quick settings, why not just rearrange the settings list and put the most relevant toggles on top of the list for instant access?

    Er… How do you do that without jailbreaking ? My Settings don’t move.

  • Alex0404

    This is “simplicity” that Apple likes to boast about. What a joke. And it’s not even “Thinking Differently”.

    It lacks so many areas and what a waste of space and time if Apple actually does promote these kind of changes.

  • technochick

    There is nothng more annoying than a blogger who assumes his opinion is universal. Drop the royal ‘we’ cause I for one don’t find a single item in that video to be all that awesome and needed. In fact some of them pose undesirable security risks and if they are included it had better be as options I can leave off.

  • technochick

    Those of you commenting on the incredible concepts featured in the “concept video” don’t realize that most, if not all, already exist in the Cydia store, and are available for free or a buck or two after jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad running iOS 6 to 6.1.2. They’re not the result of the videographer, but of many clever programmers who have been doing this a long time. By jailbreaking (unless you’ve upgraded to 6.1.3), you can have any or all of them… and many more.

    .

    And that’s how I think it should stay. Apple’s core audience are folks that have little need for this kind of thing. Let those they insist in it take the risks and jailbreak.

  • M_Kirkham

    Here’s a video containing screens of a new iOS7 concept:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw_y44t0DmU

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