“Before iOS 7, the weather icon on the iPhone’s home screen always read 73 degrees and sunny, and none of the app icons sprung to life at all,” Tom Warren writes for The Verge.
“Not much changed with the redesigned iOS 7, with the exception of an animated clock icon, but designer Jay Machalani has created a concept that overhauls this static experience and transforms the app icons that fill the iPhone’s home screen,” Warren writes. “Machalani’s vision for fixing Windows 8 turned out to be remarkably similar to what Microsoft eventually said it would do to the Start Menu, and it even earned him a visit to the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Seattle. Now the 20-year-old self-taught user-experience designer has turned his sights to Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, and he has big ideas.”
“iOS 7 introduced sharper, flatter icons, and slimmer fonts alongside some new features, but the overall functionality was very similar to iOS 6,” Warren writes. “It made longtime iPhone users comfortable, but it hasn’t changed the fundamental UI of rows of app icons on the home screen. Machalani thinks he has the answer, and he’s using ideas from Google and Microsoft to make it happen.”
Read more, and see more images, in the full article here.
“The lengthy post (Apple job application?) details every aspect of how the iOS Block would function in more technical terms, including information on things like the Block sizes, transparency, visual identity, gradients, and more,” Sarah Perez reports for TechCrunch. “There are even separate sections for each type of Block he’s come up with – covering a number of the default Apple applications. But Machalani says the long-term potential of this concept would be third-party integrations which would allow for things like Facebook notifications, shortcuts to create new notes in OneNote, or even the latest Secret post right on your homescreen, he suggests.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]