iOS7 will be coming to the iPhone this fall but unfortunately, not all devices will receive the new features. Take for example AirDrop, the tool that allows you to share files wireless, will only work on the iPhone5, the 4th gen iPad, iPad mini and 5th gen iPod Touch. The same goes for all the new camera filters Apple implemented, that won’t be available for any iPhone older than the 5. Although Apple will never admit, this is a fragmentation problem. Perhaps this is part of Apple’s strategy to force its users to upgrade? I can’t imagine the iPhone 4s not being capable of having Instagram style filters on the new camera app.
Houston We have A Problem
But perhaps the biggest fragmentation issue I see is their new flat design. Can you imagine how ugly the combination of new UI elements with old apps and icons will look? With no way to change or update until the developer gets around to it. That’s the worst kind of fragmentation because even the newest devices have to deal with it. With a mixture of flat and glossy icons the iPhone will look like it will have an identity problem. Since the release won’t hit until Fall hopefully, it will give developers enough time to update their app icon and UI to match.
Luckily if you have an Android phone and like all the new UI features Apple has implemented. You won’t have to wait until Fall to get it, just head on over to http://mycolorscreen.com/2013/06/11/jbos7/ and Author shmogt has released the instructions on how to make your Android phone look like iOS7. Oh, and you won’t have to worry about icons not matching. Most icon packs will have you covered 😉 Oh, and if you’re wondering how to add that cool 3D background effect they showed off. I left a YouTube video down below you might want to checkout. So next time you see your iPhone friend ask him/her did you already get iOS7? Because I already got the update, enjoy!