Apple has announced to make all the apps compatible to ios7 and all the apps must be iOS7 optimised and apps which will be released after February 1st 2014 should run on iOS7 compatible devices. As per Apples prediction, currently 76% devices are running on iOS7, 20% devices on iOS6 and 4% devices are still running on older versions of iOS.
After the announcement from Apple, it is clear Apple is forcing developers to the flat iOS7 design,earlier some developers chose to stick with the rich iOS6 designs, this makes the apps look different in the iOS7 environment. Now all the apps has to follow iOS7 design guidelines and apps would look like the iOS7 app, which follows the flat design guidelines. The other reason Apple is pushing iOS7 apps is, to optimise the full potential of their newly launched A7 chip, there are only few applications which are optimised for the 64 bit platform. X code5 gives the access to the APIs which provide access to 64bit platform capabilities. Apple has also published extensive guide to design for iOS 7 and transitioning apps to the new version that helps developers to understand how to use new UI element like borderless buttons,translucent bars and fullscreen layouts for their apps. Here are the Apple’s three main themes for developing for iOS7
- Deference. The UI helps users understand and interact with the content, but never competes with it.
- Clarity. Text is legible at every size, icons are precise and lucid, adornments are subtle and appropriate, and a sharpened focus on functionality motivates the design.
- Depth. Visual layers and realistic motion impart vitality and heighten users’ delight and understanding.
Impact on the existing apps
All the apps which are currently running on iOS6 or earlier versions needs to be optimised for iOS7, otherwise they won’t qualify for the app store. Enterprise needs to upgrade their apps as per iOS7 design guidelines. Facebook has come up with their new iOS7 optimised app just after the launch of iOS7,similarly other companies are also moving for the iOS7 optimised apps. Enterprises needs to quickly shift their existing apps to iOS7 compatible apps. This will also result in more adoption of iOS7 and more users would prefer iOS7 for their devices.