Apple iOS 7 unveiled

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We heard it would be flat. We heard it would be black and white. We heard that it would be
a totally different experience.It is. iOS 7, the latest version of Apple’s flagship mobile
operating system, is here, and it’s almost entirely different from the versions that
came before. Gone are the skeuomorphic designs and 3D effects, replaced by Sir Jony
Ive’s “flat design.” Rumors had been flying for weeks about the new OS and now it’s here
and it is, at least at this early reckoning, a massive change for the six year old operating
system.

  • First, we must remember that Ive, Apple’s industrial designer now in control of software

following the departure of Scott Forstall, isn’t a believer in interfaces that copy real-world

objects. In the past, making the Notes app look like a legal pad or the calendar app look

like a Moleskine calendar notebook were part of the iOS design philosophy, as ingrained in the OS as “Slide To Unlock.” All that is gone now.

Are you ready for a whole new world?
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Camino web browser for Mac meets a quiet end

camino-endWhen Camino’s web browser launched in February 2002 as Chimera, it rescued many Mac users caught between a dying Internet Explorer and the distant launches of Firefox (Phoenix) and Safari. It’s unfortunate, then, that the Camino team has just laid their once-heroic browser to rest. There’s little surprise as to why, though: Camino hasn’t been keeping pace with its rivals, which makes it both obsolete and a security risk. We won’t mourn when there’s now an abundance of alternatives, but we’ll certainly pay our last respects.