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What Will the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 Look Like?

Tom Kaneshige | April 10, 2013
The iPhone 5S rumors are swirling. Pundits and Apple watchers are predicting models with different screen sizes, cheaper prices, face recognition and NFC support.

5. iOS 7, Oh Boy!

The biggest change to the iPhone will come in the software. Apple's ground-breaking iOS has grown long in the tooth. Rivals such as Samsung, Microsoft and even BlackBerry have come out with exciting new operating systems.

Nearly everyone expects iOS 7 to be a significant overhaul and a signature moment for the Cook-led Apple era. Moreover, Apple blogger John Gruber says he's heard rumors that Apple is pulling OS X engineers to work on iOS 7 because it's behind schedule.

So what's it going to look like? Apple must walk a fine line, one that brings innovation yet doesn't dramatically change the interface and put off its legions of faithful Apple customers. Design chief Jony Ive will likely push for a flatter, cleaner, minimalist design without the skeuomorphic elements-the stuff that tries to replicate a real-world feeling, like wood on the iBook shelves.

Macworld in the UK is also hoping for advanced gestures, such as unlocking an iPhone with gesture rather than punching in a code, face recognition, multiple user accounts on one device, advanced parental controls, multi-user FaceTime, customized autocorrect, and battery saving features when battery life drops to a low level.

Of course it's anyone's guess what features iOS 7 will end up having. Here's a video vision from Federico Bianco.

 

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