Posts Tagged ‘iOS 6’

There is More to Apple’s iOS 7 Than Meets The Eye

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Design, iPhone, Metro, My Take, Steve Jobs

Apple knows the design of iOS7 sucks and they’re absolutely happy. Here is why:
Flat is in fact ugly

In terms of design, most people are confused about telling you what they need actually. I’ve been working in web design for a long time now and what I can tell you about the majority of people is that they tend to easily criticize design (how the system looks) every time, even if they are in need for more functionalities (how the system works).

Flat Calendar in Windows 8

Flat Calendar in Windows 8

Windows Phone as an example for flatness is still a failure, while the catchy thing like the live tiles may appeal to some, but looking at the GUI 50 times a day is enough to make it feel stale, boring, and repetitive. Android has an ugly UI and the only thing that people love about it is the many damn functionalities crammed in there.

Skeuomorph Calendar in iCloud

Skeuomorph Calendar in iCloud

Windows Phone and Android are not good examples for Apple to follow or people to compare. In many occasions, Apple used to demo Apps that made for iPad and Galaxy tablets showing the advantage of better design on iPad. Unfortunately Apple is going the Galaxy way this time, read below for more on this.

Apple’s issue is not in the design

I adore aesthetics, and that’s why I love the excessive life-like elements Apple implemented in their Apps. I like the calendar on iPad which is a joy to look at (looks like exactly the same screenshot above from iCloud). The idea that iOS starts to feel dull has nothing to do with the infamous skeuomorphism.I don’t know who came up with this idea in essence, yet people keep repeating that. Actually the heated debate over skeuomorphism diverted the attention to that instead of the real problem. Remember, people mainly criticize the look and feel.

The issue in Apple’s iOS is the lack of features especially the basic ones offered by the jailbreak community.

iBooks in iOS6

iBooks in iOS6

Who said skeuomorphism makes complex UX

I don’t know how people think that life-like elements in Apps are complex and not intuitive and they want more simple and modern UI? I also don’t get the idea behind why buttons should no more look like real buttons. Remember, this design is what made the iOS so damned mainstream; it was intuitive and easy to use by old as well as young people. Actually, the popularity of iPhone among young and old generations was 90% software success.

Forcing flatter design will let down many of old people who will find the new software unintuitive and hard to use. Is Apple targeting the new generation only?

We are not arguing if the new iOS 7 is usable or not, It’s somehow usable and I would’ve liked it if it were iOS 1 from the beginning. The point is that, iOS 7 is not better compared to iOS 6, from a design standpoint.

iOS 7 is broken
iOS 6 (Left) V.s. iOS 7 (Right)

iOS 6 (Left) V.s. iOS 7 (Right)

iOS 6 and iOS 7 are like iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 respectively, both are working fine but one has a premium look and the other has cheap plastic design!

iOS6 and iOS7 are like iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 respectively, both are working fine but one has a premium look and the other has cheap plastic design!

I like textures, Linen, and stitched-leather in previous iOS, they were executed well with fine attention to details. I thought it was amazing that something digital gave me the feel of real life. With that said, I am not opposed to the whole changes being made in iOS 7 as long as its executed well and not actually worse than they originally were. That’s the point. Most of the items are worse than the original. The icons for one are bad. So it’s no longer a flat v.s. skeuomorphic. It’s a good design v.s. bad design thing.

It’s no longer a flat v.s. skeuomorphic. It’s a good design v.s. bad design thing

The new notifications window with larger font and spaces which forces you to scroll more down several times to reveal few information which used to be shown on a fraction of one page in iOS 6. This is one example of the horrible usability in the new update.

The new Newsstand icon that looks like a bunch of grocery bags. Its just a terrible thing to think about. Most of the new icons feel like old clip-arts form Office 97. Apple is known for its premium, detailed icons that took designers a lot of attention and effort to create. A meaningless 3d color-bubbles icon for Game Center? A 2D color mix for images? Button that look like real button, text only buttons, blue text buttons, red circle buttons. Its inconsistencies all over iOS 7.

One of the real problems is that it took Apple 5 years to polish iOS up to iOS 6 which still has its share of inconsistencies (that needs a separate post). So, just imagine how much time will be spent (wasted?) trying to polish this new one.

What hurts me the most, there are lots of design elements I really considered as an Apple heritage or sacred stuff, which Apple chose to ditch completely in iOS 7. This is totally frightening.

Apple creates follows trends:

Apple is all about design and quality

Because I’m an Apple brand loyal and an iPhone lover, by iOS 7, Apple committed a grave mistake.

Ever since people started repeating words (simple, modern, flat, etc) without understanding the consequences, I was afraid Apple would eventually listen. I’m talking about power users, who understand that Apple is all about design and quality.

The problem is that Apple listened, and now instead of being a trend creator they are “following” trends.

It’s just unforgiving, if you tried iOS 7, its a huge step backward, We talked about inconsistent experience, awful colors and icons, and with all flatness the install file still the same 1.2 GB for iPhone 4S and its not running smoothly. Based on Apple records it will take them up to iOS 10 in order to finish or fix that. Don’t fool yourself that it’s still in beta because the final version will almost look the same, maps still in beta, Siri still in beta and Apple has a long history of slow polishing or still-in-beta stuff.

Apple's iconic "Slide to unlock" design

Apple’s iconic “Slide to unlock” design

None of Apple’s iconic elements are in iOS 7; Everything stripped in favor of ugly design stolen from Android, Windows Phone or the Jailbreak community. What is the real point of all this crap? It doesn’t take a genius to tell you that iOS 6 was smooth, light, beautiful and why the need for a new iOS if it doesn’t beat the previous in all of these.

How to fight iOS 7

Tell the truth so Apple may listen to you. Don’t just try to justify whatever Apple does. Tell them that the new iOS 7 looks bad? Don’t try to convince yourself otherwise. Not every shit by Apple considered an iShit, and people are supposed to love it.

Not every shit by Apple considered an iShit, and people are supposed to love it

I’m not updating to iOS 7, and after 6 years, I’m not gonna buy the next stuff from Apple, simply because of that tasteless design direction they chose. Jony Ive is a one-trick pony guy, who is only skilled in industrial design.

But .. whats the evil plan?

Apple wants to go head-to-head with Android, the system well-known for its fragmentation and not-so-polished UI. The secret in iOS 7 is in its flexibility and size-adaptivity; meaning that the next Apple devices will not have issues if the company ever decided to change their screen resolution or increase PPI. Apple now can’t compete in PPI for example, but with the new iOS 7, this is a no brainer.

Jony Ive is a one-trick pony guy, who is only skilled in industrial design

Apple can’t go the same approach when they first introduced the Retina concept. Apple can’t keep doubling every time and another, so the solution was to ditch heavy custom graphics and replace it with mostly colors, and/or gradient, repetitive images that can relatively fill any area or screen size. Yes, I hear you say, Android and ugly, yes but flexible. iOS 7 is ready to occupy any needed resolution or PPI, its that simple.

This was a major issue to Apple which about to get resolved by iOS 7 once and for all. But at the expense of…

.. And what is the big compromise?

It’s obvious, like Android, the iOS now lacks beauty, Apple will sacrifice beauty for adaptivity. Not only this, and like Samsung, Apple is now free to give you all arbitrary screen sizes for it’s valuable devices, Apple is also said to be working on a cheap plastic iPhone. They figured out the strategy for Samsung/Android is working fine and they chose to follow suit.

This is a first for Apple to react this way. And its also obvious, with Steve Jobs’ passing away and Forstall’s ousting, the new direction for Apple is alarming, anti-cult, and in my sheer opinion going toward the worst way possible. Apple, as I know it, is doomed!

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Evad3rs Unleashes evasi0n: The Untethered Jailbreak Tool for All iOS 6 Devices

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, How To, iPad, iPhone, Jailbreak

Evad3rs Unleashes evasi0n: The Untethered Jailbreak Tool for All iOS 6 Devices

Evad3rs Unleashes evasi0n: The Untethered Jailbreak Tool for All iOS 6 Devices

The new jailbreak team Evad3rs has finally released, evasi0n, the highly anticipated Jailbreak tool for all iOS 6.1 devices except the third generation Apple TV. The following devices are supported:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 4
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 5
  • iPod touch 4
  • Apple TV 2 (NOT third-gen)

The jailbreak is “untethered” which means you can safely reboot your device without having to worry about losing your jailbreak.

Before #evasi0n reaches 100%, those with iPhone4 and ipt4g tethered 6.1 JB should now restore to stock 6.1 (but NOT if you use ultrasn0w!)

— (@MuscleNerd) February 04, 2013

Download Links:

iOS 6.1 Direct Download Links for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch:

iOS 6 iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Direct Download Links Repository

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Download, How To, iPad, iPhone, Software

iOS 6 iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Direct Download Links Repository

iOS 6 iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Direct Download Links Repository

Apple has finally released iOS 6 to the masses. It brings more than 200 new features to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, including Apple’s new Maps and Passbook apps, Facebook integration, FaceTime over cellular, enhancements to Siri, Mail, and Phone, and lots, lots more.

You can download iOS 6 from iTunes or over-the-air directly on your iOS device, alternative, you can download the required iOS 6 version full link below in case you want to have a clean install.

iOS 6 is compatible with the following devices:
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPod touch (4th gen)
  • iPod touch (5th gen)
  • iPad 2
  • New iPad

iOS 6 iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Direct Download Links Repository

Device Current Version Date Added
AppleTV(2G) (AppleTV2,1)
5.0.2 (9B830)
06/05/2012 16:19:01
AppleTV3,1 (AppleTV3,1)
5.0.2 (9B830)
06/05/2012 16:19:01
iPad (iPad1,1)
5.1.1 (9B206)
05/07/2012 13:13:01
iPad2(wifi) (iPad2,1)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPad2(at&t) (iPad2,2)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPad2(vz) (iPad2,3)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPad2,4 (iPad2,4)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPad3,1 (iPad3,1)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPad3,2 (iPad3,2)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPad3,3 (iPad3,3)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPhone (iPhone1,1)
3.1.3 (7E18)
04/08/2010 21:05:48
iPhone3G (iPhone1,2)
4.2 (8C148)
11/22/2010 13:08:57
iPhone3GS (iPhone2,1)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPhone4 (iPhone3,1)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPhone3,2 (iPhone3,2)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPhone4(vz) (iPhone3,3)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPhone4S (iPhone4,1)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPhone5,1 (iPhone5,1)
6.0 (10A405)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPhone5,2 (iPhone5,2)
6.0 (10A405)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPodTouch(2G) (iPod2,1)
4.2 (8C148)
11/22/2010 13:08:57
iPodTouch(3G) (iPod3,1)
5.1.1 (9B206)
05/07/2012 13:13:01
iPodTouch(4G) (iPod4,1)
6.0 (10A403)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
iPodTouch(5G) (iPod5,1)
6.0 (10A406)
09/19/2012 13:12:01
last updated: 09/19/2012 16:29:01 EDT

iPhone 5 is a Hit or a Miss?

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Gadgets, iPhone, My Take, Rants & Raves

iPhone 5 is a Hit or a Miss?

iPhone 5 is a Hit or a Miss?

Apple has successfully shaped the future for what the modern phone must look like since the debut of the original iPhone back in 2007 and ever since they go on building upon that success, and unsurprisingly, the new iPhone 5 is the finest Apple mobile device yet.

Building upon that success is the case with every iPhone announced and this is the safe shelter for haters to bash every new entry released.

An all-new Design?

For all the ranters out there that can’t help themselves but touting the iPhone 5 as disappointing. What have you been waiting for exactly? An all-new design? Could anyone think of a better design than the current one? A circular, a cubic or more rounded-corner design that end up looking ugly/weird compared to other Apple products? Or they would like Apple to bring a totally disastrous design or whatever help bring down the company success? Apple is not going to revolutionize the phone every time and then.

Apple will not bring a different design for the sake of difference, Apple will make new designs only and if only they get better concepts than the past and current ones. Remember, Apple’s main strategy: Don’t fix what is not broken.

If the original iPhone was a wheel, why should Apple be bothered to reinvent the wheel over and over again, think about that this way, Apple will make the wheel better, efficient and more durable and this is what Apple doing year after year with iPhones.

NFC or Wireless charging?

Apple is indeed experimenting these technologies long time before as we previously came across a set of patents related to both technologies. Despite what Apple marketing exec Phil Schiller explained, Apple is not going to introduce these technologies until its time to bring them in full charge. Judging by Apple history, the company spent a lot of time, actually, many years before they unveil their devices and services, including iPhone, iPad, etc..

If Apple chose not to include NFC, then it isn’t time yet, we can speculate, maybe adding the feature will demand more battery, still fragmented standard, security concerns, Google investment in the industry hasn’t paid off yet, but, against all odds, Apple still has a good alternative, Bluetooth 4.0 that they can fully utilize,

The new earpods, for instance, were in the works since 3 years, and this time was the perfect moment to unveil the new accessory. Apple will bring the devices when its ready, unlike the other competitors who rather have no issues delivering half-baked devices or services (Microsoft with Windows RT Surface tablet, Google Glass, Sony’s floating touch technology, Samsung’s flexible display, to name a few).

Why Apple will not please your appetite?

As I said before Apple has different strategy up its sleeves, they will not fix what is not broken, the human nature always sees things broken and wants to change things even entirely.

Apple keeps walking in the same pace, with or without your desire.

Why I don’t care about competitors?

Let me go straight, I hate people comparing different features between mobile devices, I know this is vital to choose you phone by comparing different devices but this is not what I’m referring to. I mean when they tell you stuff like, hey look, Galaxy S3 has NFC, Droid Razor is the thinnest, etc

The whole set of comparisons such features with other competitors are misleading and pointless. I don’t care if the Galaxy has the panorama shooting capability before, because the matter is beyond that, I’ll not buy a phone for a single feature like Nokia PureView tech for instance if the device as a whole doesn’t satisfy my needs, those devices lack the majority of Apple offerings in terms of the experience as a whole that just got better by introducing the iPhone 5, Apple is much more than NFC or a set of features its an ecosystem which competitors struggling to match, they hardly going after every leak and patent to copy or get ready for what Apple brings to the world and yet they can’t catchup with Apple because iPhone isn’t just a device it’s part of Apple ecosystem that just works.

Apple yet failed to impress many?

Apple keynotes and new devices are no longer bring thrills to people due to amounts of leaks that proved accurate. Keep you eyes shut and don’t read rumors and I bet you, you will get amazed by Apple each and every time.

But wait, who else other than Apple will tell you that they spend 3 years working on the new earpods, who else will tell you the science behind the band cutout, who else will tell you about photographing their assembly process with 29 megapixel cameras to ensure that a machine picks the exact inlet from 725 unique cuts? It’s only Apple that makes the ordinary stuff look so extraordinary.

Its still 326 ppi?

Of course the Retina display first introduced in iPhone 4 was a major industry changer and the companies are now competing to bring the more-dense concept to their displays. The amount of pixels is just perfect and Apple will not again challenge the 700,000+ Apps developers to upgrade their Apps for the sake of few extra pixels.

But, Apple updates the iPhone every year?

This is true, Apple will make consumers happy for at least 2 years, people are not forced to upgrade each and every year, for instance, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S and maybe iPhone 4 are still killer devices. Unlike other competitors, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, etc who drops devices randomly every time and then with different screen sizes and different flavors (actually they are testing to find out what sells better) leaving the old devices-users unsupported.

Apple care about their old iPhones, even the retired iPhone 3Gs is getting the new iOS 6.

What went wrong?

The whole lightning-USB adapters stuff are way expensive. No one wants a gadget to connect a gadget to a gadget after all.

Was the iPhone 5 a hit or a miss?

“Hit” the link here to watch the full Apple iPhone 5 keynote

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