IOS 7: PAX MALUM

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IOS 7: PAX MALUM


HISTORY

tells of a period of 206 years in the 1st and 2nd century Roman Empire, marked by minimal expansion, little
aggression, and the thriving of culture. We know this period today as Pax Romana.


Some 1833 years into the future, a similar period had just begun, on Thursday the 18th of September, 2013. In this
futuristic realm, the masses clamoured to a new, shining Rome, accessed by the tap of a touchscreen
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button. They
call this Empire “Apple”, an
d this new Rome “iOS 7.”


The iterant upgrade to iOS, the operating system which powers all of Apple’s best
-
selling iPods, iPhones and iPads,
offers a cleaner, more accessible design, shedding a skeumorphic coat for a dapper black and white suit. iOS 7 sit
s
neatly in a unique throne; to Apple users, it simultaneously feels new and familiar.


Punted by Apple Inc. as something which should ‘brighten everyone’s day’, Using iOS 7 feels akin to holding a slice of
the future in one’s hand. Booting from the lock
screen, the device awakens from darkness, first greeting its owner with
the time, then awakening and prompting the now infamous “slide to unlock” gesture. Apps then fly down, landing on
the display screen, as the interface shifts and alters following the m
otion of a user’s hand. Sliding up reveals the
Control Center, allowing users to toggle between quick settings, such as activating Wifi connectivity, volume, or
screen brightness. Sliding down from the top of the screen displays the Notification Center, gr
anting the user a quick
overview of their upcoming appointments and schedule, as well as miscellaneous notifications from apps.


Holding down the Home button even reveals a more human,
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sounding, visually made
-
over Siri.


The exhaustive update completely re
vitalizes iOS’s admittedly dated interface, levelling applications into flat, single
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tone design miracles pleasing to the eye, and gives an unparalleled sense of depth, or ‘parallax’. Attention to detail, as
is the Apple hallmark, can be noticed everywhere



between the moving hands of the Clock app icon, or the seamless
movement between leaving the home screen, and launching an app. Gone are real
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world elements such as wood
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grains and stitched linen in the overall design


replaced with timeless frosted g
lass translucency.


However, iOS 7 is, thankfully, more than just meets the eye. Apple have crafted an interface which not only revels in
it’s own beauty, but also grants features power
-
users have cried for since the iPhone’s inception. A double tap of th
e
Home button now allows for full multi
-
tasking, allowing users to flit between apps and information with grace. A
redesigned Settings app accommodates for quick access to important features traditionally buried deep within iOS’
innards. A subtle swipe
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dow
n from the middle of the screen allows users to search the contents of their entire phone


from the minute contents of messages to the names of installed Applications themselves.


The biggest issue facing the update


and users thereof


comes in the reve
lation of iOS 7’s battery performance.
iPhone users can expect a further less hour of battery life when using their devices until Apple can release
supplemental updates to the OS.


However, revitalized sounds, a crisp and fresh interface, as well as a har
dcore redesign of everything that constitutes
iOS has rendered this the most expansive change Apple has made in recent years to any of their operating systems.
In many ways, i0S 7 isn’t a re
-
imagining of the past


it’s a hint of the future. Shedding past
elements of the real world


such as wood grain or leather textures


and substituting them with crisp black, white, grey, and color
-
coded lines
has, in essence, cultivated a user interface which could stand the test of time. While tomorrow’s children may
not
know what a calendar looks like, they’ll at least understand it’s constituent elements, which have been so beautifully
distilled into iOS 7’s new design.


Apple users will undoubtedly come to love the great change iOS 7 brings to Apple iDevices, and ne
wcomers will
experience a less
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than
-
short learning curve. Despite drawing heavily from the latest incantation of Android’s user
interface, when compared, Apple has succeeded in creating a brilliant design masterpiece which significantly over
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hauls, but re
tains both the core essence and uniqueness of the mobile operating system.


With the release of iOS 7 alongside the new iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple has entered into a brave new post
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Jobs world,
and has emerged not only as the leading world electronics company
, but also as the new kingpin of design and
usability. Securing the boundaries of their mobile devices


easily their most competitive market


Apple is
undoubtedly prepared to enter a renaissance of product design and culture. With the forthcoming release

of the iterant
update to Mac in the form of OSX


Mavericks, Apple’s long road to true prosperity seems set to begin.


Or, as we might call it, the era of Apple: Pax Malum.