iOS 7’s minimalist design puts
functionality and content in the spotlight.
Make sure your app differentiates itself by
more than its appearance.
iOS 7 apps have the bandwidth to
perform more functions at more intervals
than ever before. Take advantage of the
new Multitasking APIs.
iOS 7 makes it easier for apps to
communicate with Siri’s new male or
female voices. Make sure Siri can
navigate your app as simply as a human.
iOS 7’s MapKit now makes it possible
to look up 3D maps, flyovers and street
views. Make sure these features find their
way to your app.
iOS 7 doesn’t nullify your iOS 6 app.
Make sure your existing app can run
on iOS 7 while you build a new app that
takes advantage of all of its features.
Getting Started VIdeo Support
Getting Your App Ready For iOS 7
What New iPhone Mean For Your Apps
“By stripping away visual distraction,
Apple’s forced app designers to embrace
the full capabilities of the underlying hardware.
It’s like closing time at a bar when they turn
on all the fluorescent lights. You’d better be
“It's very important to remember that just
because we’re removing a lot of the chrome
and decorative elements, doesn't mean it's
going to take less time to design. In some
cases it could take more time. This type of
design approach requires focus and extreme
attention to detail.”
"To me it's important to remember that
although the visual style has changed
drastically, there are other changes such as
motion, animation, physics, etc. There's less
detail in the static screens, and now it's up to
the transitions and such to help the user
understand what to do and where to go."
“Apps that haven’t been redesigned for iOS 7
will quickly feel dated. You'll need to think
about animations and transitions more than
you have in the past.”
“Superellipse" rounded corners
This tiny tweak is a big consideration for
designers adding effects to their thumbnails.
Apple is ditching skeuomorphism and focusing
on functional minimalism.
Brighter PSD colors
The decrease in textured design has reduced
the need for darker tones and gradients.
Larger size (120 x 60 px)
Bigger homepage icons leave more room for
animations like strokes and shadows.
Customizable status bar
Designers can now control the background
color to match the look of their app.
Tables now use the full width of the display
and are no longer surrounded by a container.
Typography is less restrictive, allowing for
more size, weight and placement options.
Responsive nav bar
Nav bar changes colors and shrinks in
landscape view to create a larger viewing area.
Menu icons are simplistic 1pt outlines lacking
any color, depth or gradients.
Most menu icons are not contained in any kind
of a box or shape.
When icons are inactive, they remain
void of motion and color.
The active icons are inverted with solid color,
removing some strokes in the process.
iOS 7 gives developers, designers and users
an array of font sizes to play with.
TextKit brings interactive text colors, text
folding and custom truncation to iOS 7.
Designers, developers and users can also
change the weight of letters with ease.
34% of all iPhone users updated
their phones to iOS 7 within the
first 24 hours of its release.
iPads iPhones All iOS Devices
26.12% 34.04% 31.27%
iOS 7 Adoption
Want to know more about iOS 7?
Read our Countdown to iOS 7 series.