iOS 7 Concept Features Widgets, New Lock Screen, Mission Control and More

Earlier this week, a number of Apple-focused bloggers claimed iOS 7 was running behind schedule and that it would bring a significant user interface refresh.

Designer F. Bianco has posted a set of images to Flickr with some interesting thoughts on what useful changes Apple could make to iOS 7 to improve the user experience. Apple's user interfaces will likely face new scrutiny now that Facebook has laid out a new vision for how phone users interact with their devices with Facebook Home.

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One of the more interesting concepts that Bianco shows is a 'widget' mode for apps that allows users to see quick information or change app settings straight from the home screen, as well as a quickly accessible settings screen that can slide out from the side to quickly adjust settings.

Turning Bluetooth on and off, for example, takes four distinct steps and the process could be much improved with a quickly accessible preferences screen.

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Top Rated Comments

OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
146 months ago
Slow news day?

Pretty much. "Here's something totally made up by some random guy that has no influence on what Apple is already doing!"
Score: 65 Votes (Like | Disagree)
garybUK Avatar
146 months ago
Slow news day?
Score: 62 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aforty Avatar
146 months ago
That's actually all really ugly and poorly thought out to me.
Score: 56 Votes (Like | Disagree)
newagemac Avatar
146 months ago
Some of the ideas are good but the widgets concept is about as dumb as it is on Android. Why not just open the app and get the full deal rather than the limited info that comes with widgets? The apps on iOS open blazing fast. It's not like opening Photoshop or something on a slow spinning hard disk.

Heck, I never use widgets even on my old slow Mac. And Apple has had widgets on Mac since forever it seems. I'm pretty sure they know full well whether people on average find them useful or not. My guess is not really.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sundog925 Avatar
146 months ago
THIS LOOKS EPIC. Apple, take some damn notes.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
somethingelsefl Avatar
146 months ago
Slow news day?
It's official. This comment is everywhere. It's the new "Safari is snappier" and "Steve Jobs wouldn't have..."

A quick forum search showed that this comment is happening almost once a day now.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)