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31 March 2013

The Top iOS 7 Concept Features So Far: Round-up

While it’s acceptable that iOS has gone somewhat stale over the years – without any major overhauls to the interface – there’s plenty of scope for new features to be added to make iOS 7 interesting. Apple does introduce some new features every time it upgrades the firmware. But it isn’t always as interesting as the concept features that one sees across the web.


These iOS 7 features are curated from across the world. Made from designers who think right out of the box to introduce more power to iOS 7, some of these concepts are awesome. It would be great to see Apple accept these and build it right into iOS 7 features but only time will tell.

1. iOS 7 Smart Lockscreen :

Mohamed Kerroudj, a designer, has given a major overhaul to the lockscreen, empowering it with more actions that you can imagine. At first glance, it’s a bit overwhelming because you can almost do a lot of stuff from the lockscreen. It basically beats the purpose of having a lockscreen but what the heck. It’s cool!

2. Dockless Springboard :

The dock is a permanent fixture on the iPhone and other iOS devices. How about getting rid of it for something better? You still have the ability to access favorite (or frequently-used) apps instantly but in a typical modernist fashion. This concept from iPhoneSoft shows you how the iOS 7 concept would look like.

3. Notification Center Actions :

4. Circular Lockscreen with Toggles :

This is a bold and daring lockscreen concept for iOS 7 – something that I’m sure won’t find its place in Apple’s redesign of the next mobile operating system. But it’s definitely something that Cydia tweak developers should take a shot at. This lockscreen, as is clear from the screenshot above, is power-packed. There’s toggles which let you access messages, music, Twitter, Instagram and almost any other app. And of course, shortcuts for camera, volume and DND exist too.

5.Quick Settings :

Cameron’s QuickSettings iOS 7 concept is awesome and beyond words. It’s a simple feature – so simple that you wonder why Apple didn’t put that on the iPhone. A drag-up (opposite to the drag-down for NC) reveals a page full of settings toggles. Currently, you either use NCSettings or SBSettings which resides in the NC but this one is a separate interface specifically intended for settings toggles.

6. Multitasking on iOS 7 :

Jesse Head designed a unique iOS 7 concept interface which does a complete overhaul of the multitasking feature in iOS. In fact, it’s so overhauled that the real multitasking now available on iOS seems obsolete. As the designer mentions himself, the present feature is more or less ‘app switching.’

In this concept, the designer imagines the iOS 7 multitasking interface as a series of slides with the app (just like how you get in the iPad). Also, there’s prime controls (music playback, volume) and a search bar. The live titles thing is a real charm. All said and done, this is another feature Apple is definitely not going to apply. But I just hope someone takes this up (like they did with Auxo).