Very few outside Apple’s high-walled garden know what the impending sixth major iteration of iOS will look like. But if we lived in an ideal world, it could be something like this stunning concept video.
Amsterdam-based designer Joost van der Ree has opened something of a can of worms, revealing his creative smarts in illustrating what a rejigged iOS 6 should look like. It’s one of more impressive UI concepts we’ve seen, but knowing Apple and how the company operates it pains us to realise it will probably never happen.
Highlights include shifting the notifications tray to the background, whereby the app launcher itself can be pulled down to reveal incoming alerts and missives. It can also be pushed up (from the bottom) to display apps you've got running. But rather than showing just the icons, the actual save state of each app is displayed, a bit like the card system on the ill-fated webOS.
Tapping a card opens the app and the push-up gesture takes you back again. Better still, multiple web pages are ‘stacked’ together (again, like webOS) and can be scrolled right from the screen.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, which is astonishing considering the video is just over a minute long. We can only dream that some of them might just make it iOS 6, expected to be officially unveiled at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) today.