iOS 7 Transition Guide

iOS 7 Transition Guide

Now that iOS 7 is official, it's time to get to work on transitioning apps. The most immediate task is updating design from the iOS 6 style to that of iOS 7. The iOS 6 mainstays of bevels and gradients are going to look tired and dated in pretty short order. This is a massive opportunity for iOS developers because every category is up for grabs again. Apple is going to feature new and updated apps and users will be more likely to download them. Now is the time to make significant inroads into the App Store by embracing the new design paradigm.

Of course, we all foresaw the death of skeumorphism and the transition to flat design, but don't forget the update contains much more than that. 


 For example:

  • New multitasking APIs
  • AirDrop support
  • Enhanced camera and video APIs
  • A Map Kit with directions
  • Sprite Kit for game development

And that's only a partial list! Here is a general overview of the changes:

http://www.apple.com/ios/ios7/

Getting more technical, here is the developer intro:

https://developer.apple.com/ios7/

and the official documentation:

https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/navigation/

Last but not least, here is a helpful transition guide from Apple:

https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/TransitionGuide/TransitionGuide-6.18.13/index.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40013174

FYI, iOS 7 beta supports iPhone 4, 4S, and 5, 5th generation iPods, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display and iPad mini. Also note you can switch back and forth between iOS 6 and iOS 7 from within Interface Builder in Xcode 5.

As always, let us know if you are running into issues. iOS transitions can be tricky and we're here to help.

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