Although the iPhone and iOS have changed in a lot of aspects since their launch in 2007, one aspect remains the same: the home screen. It has remained a grid of square icons with a dock through each iteration of the iPhone and iOS.
Ever since Apple launched the iPhone, the Home screen has been made up of static icons. The furthest Apple has gone in making it dynamic is the Clock icon, which started displaying the real time in iOS 7.
Meanwhile, competing platforms like Android has widgets, and Windows Phone has tiles that display useful information right on the Home screen so that users don’t have to launch the app to see things like the current weather conditions etc.
iOS 8, the next major update to Apple’s mobile operating system, will likely be previewed at the Worldwide Developer Conference from June 2-6th. According to rumors, iOS 8 will come with new apps like Healthbook, Preview, TextEdit, and features like Shazam integration and more. A new concept video shows all these new apps and features in action on an iPhone 6 mock with a larger screen.
Rumors suggest Apple is working on a larger 12.9-inch iPad that’ll debut sometime later this year. The device will reportedly be targeted towards professional customers and the enterprise. Ramotion Inc made an iPad Pro concept based on these rumors, imagining how the device would look and be marketed.
Apple completely revamped how multitasking worked in iOS 7, but the way to bring up the switcher remained the same — double click Home button. A new iOS 8 concept imagines how the multitasking switcher and Control Center could be merged, with a simple swipe up from bottom gesture to bring it up.