September 26, 2013

More photos are snapped every year on smartphones now than traditional cameras, a dramatic shift. The images have gotten surprisingly good, and they're so easy to share.
So when Apple introduced the new iPhone 5s with a greatly improved camera that it said was the best ever, Los Angeles based tech columnist Jefferson Graham decided to take it out to see how it compares with two other hot models.
The recent Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone has the most advanced camera features ever seen on a smartphone — a 41-megapixel sensor (twice as many as any top consumer camera) and oodles of manual adjustments any pro would love. And the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the top rival to the iPhone, with a generous 13-megapixel camera.

Let's start with the specs:
IPHONE 5S: The new camera has the same 8 megapixels as before, but Apple says individual pixels are more mega than competitors'. Each pixel is larger — up 15% from the iPhone 5. Additionally, the new iPhone 5s has a larger lens opening, at f. 2.2, up from 2.4. That means better ability to shoot in low light (evenings, parties, indoors). New features include "burst mode" — hold your finger on the shutter and shoot up to 100 images in fast succession (good for getting a perfect shot of a moving baby or dog) — slow motion for video and a new dual flash system that gives 2 LED lights for what promises to be a more flattering image. Exposure control: all automatic. The phone comes with 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of internal memory, and has a 4-inch screen with 1136x640 resolution.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S4: The 13-megapixel camera has 12 shooting modes, including automatic, panorama, night shot, sports and others. Exposure is all automatic. The phone comes with 16 or 32 gigabytes of memory. You can add storage via a micro-SD card. The phone has a 5-inch screen, with 1920x1080 resolution.
NOKIA LUMIA 1020: The whopping 41-megapixel sensor (a dual sensor with 41 megapixels for the bigger "pro" files and 5 megapixels for the smaller "auto" versions) is supported by a sharp f 2.2 lens by renowned German lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss and both auto and full manual controls. Every other smartphone camera we've ever used has been fully automatic, leaving little choice to the photographer. On the Lumia, you can adjust the white balance, shutter speed and focus. The device comes with 32 GB of internal memory. But the full-resolution images can be 10 megabytes or higher, and memory will go fast. There's no slot to add memory. The phone has a 4.5-inch screen with 1280x768 resolution.
for testing Jefferson clicked some pics, below is the final result

• The Galaxy has great specs and the best HD screen we've seen on a phone, but we weren't blown away by the overall photographic results. Shots in broad daylight were fine, and we liked the color rendition at Tuttle's, but low-light was so poor and sharpness less than the others we have to grade this at No. 3.
• As a photographer, the Lumia should be my overall winner. It certainly is in sharpness and low light. But I didn't like the controls; the phone is heavier than comparable competitors; and the white-balance issues were bothersome. Potential purchasers should note the lack of apps available for the phone — 150,000 Microsoft says, vs. nearly 1 million for iOS and Android. That's still a lot of apps. but notable omissions include the world's most popular photo app, Instagram, along with Vine, Camera+ and Snapchat.
• We didn't expect to put the new iPhone at the top of the list. It's just a basic, point-and-shoot camera. But beyond the extreme low-light example, the iPhone produced the most consistent, best overall results — amazing stuff for a feature tacked onto a device built for e-mail, Web surfing and phone calls. The images weren't as ultra-sharp as the Lumia's, but they were extremely sharp; they had better color in more situations and great results nine out of 10 times. The camera was a joy to use, and while the screen size of the phone isn't as impressive as either the Galaxy or Lumia for viewing, the final results are what matter the most.

Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Admin

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September 25, 2013

BlackBerry has halted its global release of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) version for Android and iPhone platforms. What you may have downloaded or are going to download, is a fake (probably malicious) application.

What’s going on?Back in May, BlackBerry managed to raise quite a lot of eyebrows, when it declared that Android and iPhones users would be able to get their hands on BBM. The Canadian-based company had announced that, the roll-out of BBM for Android users will begin from September 21 and for iPhone users, from September 22. But it looks like, the grand event has encountered a show stopper. BlackBerry has halted the official launch of the messenger for both Android and iPhone platforms. Apparently, an unreleased version of BBM for Android was leaked online, before the official launch. Reportedly, within the first 8 hours of this unofficial release, the company has recorded about 1.1 million activations.
Unofficial Android BBM to be blockedThis hiccup triggered by the unofficial release is bad news for Android users. BlackBerry has declared that the unofficial Android version of the app will be disabled. Users who have already installed the app, would have to, to register themselves for updates on the release of the official BBM for Android.
Steer Clear of Fake BBM appsIf you search for BBM on Google Play, you may find multiple apps claiming to be from BlackBerry. As tempting as it might be to install one of them, hold your horses before you do so. The app, definitely a fake, will also be packed with malicious elements.
BlackBerry has declared that as soon as they fix the issue, they will begin to roll-out the BBM app worldwide. However, it has not given any fixed timeline. So, until then, let’s take the “wait and watch” approach.
A Word of Advice for our ReadersEven when the official release of BBM does happen, readers are advised to review the permissions asked by the app, and confirm the news from BlackBerry’s official website. Also, they must go through the ratings and comments posted by other users. This is because, when the official app makes it entry into the Android arena, we wager a slew of fake apps will also follow.
Read more about this news here on the official BlackBerry blog.

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September 23, 2013

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HDFC  Bank

citibank India

PNB - Punjab National Bank

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Reports about a critical loophole in the iOS 7 software update with video evidence raises concerns for iOS device owners.

Apple recently released the iOS 7 software update with totally new user interface and features. While users are still getting accustomed to the new look and feel, security researchers have found a loophole in the iOS 7. A video showing a lockscreen flaw in iOS 7 devices has raised a concern about their security. AllThingsD reported that Apple has acknowledged the flaw and is working on a fix for the iOS 7 lockscreen hack.

Recently released iOS 7 software update is available for iOS devices to enjoy the new user experience and features. Meanwhile, the age old lockscreen hack still exists on the iOS 7. This hack works by accessing the Control Center from the lockscreen and then loading the camera with quick toggle. The lockscreen hack allows accessing the new multi-tasking menu.
Apple has reached out to acknowledge the flaw, 'Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.'

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 by Admin

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September 22, 2013

Speculations of Samsung's next-generation Galaxy smartphone have gained traction, shortly after the Korean tech giant revealed its flagship Galaxy Note 3 phablet along with the much awaited smartwatch, Samsung Galaxy Gear earlier this month.

Samsung has been criticised for its use of plastic smartphone cases which were considered cheap by many tech pundits. The company is reportedly planning to change its design philosophy by incorporating an aluminum frame for its next iteration, Galaxy S5.

According to design concepts and patent on designs shown by, Galaxy S5 will come with a sleek profile and do away with the plastic chassis. The smartphone is expected to come with a plethora of high-end features and specifications under the hood.

Below are five expected features of Samsung Galaxy S5, which is rumoured for a global launch in 2014.

64-bit Chip processor: Samsung has revealed that its future devices will be equipped with a faster 64-bit chip Exynos processor, according to Currently, Apple's recently launched iPhone 5S is the only existing device to carry an A7 64-bit chipset.

Android 4.4 KitKat OS: The upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat OS is expected to make its debut on Galaxy S5. Few features which might come with Android 4.4 KitKat is lower RAM usage, battery saving, Bluetooth 4.0, low-energy usage, new interface and visualisation tweaks.

16 Megapixel Camera:  Galaxy S5 may come with a 16-megapixel camera sensor with optical image stabilisation, reported Android Beat citing Korean website ETNews.

4K Video recording:  Galaxy S5 is rumoured to come with a 4K video recording feature. Since the recently launched Galaxy Note 3 is the first device to bring 4K video recording to customers, chances are that Galaxy S5 may also bring the new level of HD recording, according to Design Trend.

IGZO Screen Display: Earlier this year, Phonearena reported that Samsung has been spending a whopping $110 million on getting Sharp's IGZO screen technology. With this groundbreaking innovation, one can expect the high-resolution thin panels to be fitted inside Galaxy S5

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 by Admin

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Police are really cracking down on the use of phones while driving. Everything on your phone is really a distraction, be it your navigation, music player, having a conversation or texting. One way to eliminate some of the distraction is to have your Android read out the SMS to you. ReadItToMe is just the app to do that for you. The name kind of gives away what the app is all about, but there are some really cool and helpful features available in the free version and even more in the paid version.

The Basics

The first thing I noticed is a feature I disliked other apps for not having. You can choose when you’d like the messages read. For example, you can have the messages read to you when you only have your headphones in. An example of this being handy is if you are a working out and don’t want to break your rhythm to see if the arriving message is the one you are waiting for. Similarly, you can have the messages only read to you when you are hooked up to a Bluetooth device. Make sure you are comfortable with anyone in your car hearing your messages being read aloud if you use Bluetooth in your vehicle.

Another really handy option is to be able to choose the delivery method for each contact individually. This lets you set the global setting to do not read but have messages from important people like your spouse or kids read aloud.

Using ReadItToMe

To get started using ReadItToMe, download the app from the Google Play Store. Once installed and started, you will be asked if you want to learn to use ReadItToMe or just wing it. Take the time to go through the tutorial. It really explains the basics and you can see how easy it is to use and what it can do for you.

Go through the settings and tick the boxes you’d like to enable. Here is a screen shot of what I chose.

The settings are pretty well laid out. You will see different tabs. Accessing them is a simple scroll left or right to get to the column you’d like to see. Some of the tabs are only accessible with the pro version. The pro version opens up access to other apps. What I mean is, if you have the pro version, you can have your messages read in your third-party apps like Google Hangout. Also, you can reply via voice with the pro version.

Final words

I tried out ReadItToMe for a few days before starting the review. What I found was, it worked really well overall. I had no troubles with the Bluetooth and headphone only options. I also used it for specific contacts who I chat with a lot. It worked well.

What I found was, there were times when I didn’t want to have the messages spoke to me but forgot to turn off ReadItToMe. Also, I had some troubles with ReadItToMe still speaking the name of the person when I asked it not to in the settings. The voice reply and everything else worked well for me.

ReadItToMe  reads out your incoming callers, sms messages and other app notifications, translating txt speak into normal language. In ANY language.
It's great for use whilst driving, cycling, running, walking, in the gym or any other time you need to be handsfre

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September 21, 2013

Samsung might be getting ready to launch the new Galaxy Note III along with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch but the rumour mills have already moved on. New leaks are now talking about the Galaxy S5 smartphone. According to a report in the South Korean Electronic Times News the Galaxy S5 will come with a 16 megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilisation technology (OIS). Currently the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with a 16-megapixel camera with a zoom lens. The report on the Korean website also states that the Samsung Galaxy Note III’s camera will not have OIS technology even though Samsung initially wanted to launch the device with the feature.

According to the report, Samsung expects to finish developing the new camera module by the end of 2013 and will begin testing it in smartphones next year.

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They've got the yacht, they've got the sports car, they've got the cryogenic freezing chamber and even a secret moon base. When money is not an option, what do you grab the billionaire who has it all?

A swarovski diamond encrusted smartphone of course! Why, yes! Fly in the face of fashion with these garishly garnished and stupendously expensive phones that not only make calls, but can also act as a down-payment on a reasonably sized mansion on the French Riviera.

checkout below  the world's ten most expensive mobile phones.

10 – Bang and Olufsen Serene

In at ten is the actually rather stylish Bang and Olufsen Serene, priced at 
£675. I actually quite like the sleek number key ring, and the fact that this clamshell 
phone saves you the inconvenience have having open it yourself thanks to a little built
 in motor. You'll note however that the more expensive the phones get, the f'uglier they 
get too.

9 – The Gresso

A round £1,000 will grab you the Gresso. Made of gold and African Blackwood, there are five different models available, each with a little individual flair from the Italian design team.

8 – Mobiado Professional EM

This is another one on the list that I actually quite like; the £1,027 Mobiado Professional. Another wood build, it's mix of natural materials and titanium buttons give it a sort of 50's retro chic. It also features a camera, FM radio and Bluetooth connection, though you'll struggle to find one of the handsets as only 200 were ever made.

7 – Nokia 8800 Gold Edition

The £1,500 Nokia 8800 Gold Edition featured in Spandau Ballet's video 
for their hit single “Gold”. No, not really. Just kidding with you. Mobile phones back in 
the 80's were so new back then they bordered on witchcraft. If you ever did see one from
 back then, they were about the size of railway sleeper too, and I doubt there's enough 
gold in the entire world to make a luxury phone that size.

6 – Motorola V220 Special Edition

OK, getting into big money territory now with the £28,000 Motorola 
V220 Special Edition. Designed by famed Austrian fashion maestro Peter Aloisson, 
it is covered in 1,200 diamonds and is made out of 18 carat gold

5 – Vertu Diamond

Here's a British entry to the list, the £50,000 Vertu Diamond. Built 
from Platinum and encrusted with diamonds, the Vertu phones have one really sweet 
feature that none of the others on this list do: a concierge button. Hit it, and you're 
connected to your personal phone bound servant who'll do everything but the washing 
up for you

4 – Sony Ericsson Black Diamond

Perhaps the most reasonably designed phone on the list is the £162,000 Sony Ericsson Black Diamond. Made from materials including diamonds, titanium and polycarbonate, it's actually a reasonable phone in it's own right, with a Wi-Fi connection, camera and the Windows Mobile OS onboard.

3 - Vertu Signature

If Jafar, the evil wizard in Disney's Aladdin, had a mobile phone, he'd probably opt for the £167,000 Vertu Signature. With a snake shaped grip along it's outer edge, it's crammed with pear cut diamonds, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies. There are only 8 in the world, though a cheaper version is also widely available. Well, we say cheaper. It's still £62,000, so a bit out of reach of our paper-round wages then

2 – Goldvish

Right, this one is just ridiculous. And bloody ugly to boot. Take a gander at the Goldvish, costing a whopping £540,000. We're guessing from it's shape and 
name that it's meant to resemble a fish of some sort, though why anyone would 
want a fish-shaped phone is anyone's guess. I've also never seen a fish made of 120 carats worth of VVS-1 grade diamonds.

1 – iPhone 3GS Supreme Rose edition

And the winner of the coveted “Most Expensive Phone Ever” title goes 
to the iPhone 3GS Supreme Rose edition. With a handmade platinum bezel, 183 .75 
flawless diamonds and 112 grams of 18 carat gold, its the most lavish phone ever 
made. It also has an app for everything, apparently. The best bit? It comes with a wallet
 made out of ostrich foot. No, seriously. It's cost? A stonking £1,930,000.

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 by Admin

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September 20, 2013

Although Apple has tried to allay security concerns around the iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint scanner (shown above), U.S. Sen. Al Franken is not satisfied.
The humorist-turned-politician sent an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook with a dozen questions on the privacy implications of Touch ID. The junior senator from Minnesota wrote that he hopes to “establish a public record” of how Apple has addressed these issues.
Tutorial+-+How+to+Set+Up+and+Use+the+Touch+ID+on+Your+iPhone+5s.jpg (250×390)“[W]hile Apple’s new fingerprint reader, Touch ID, may improve certain aspects of mobile security, it also raises substantial privacy questions for Apple and for anyone who may use your products,” Franken wrote, noting that he personally owns an iPhone.
Among the questions Franken raises:
  • Does Apple have plans to let third-party apps access the Touch ID system or its data?
  • Does the iPhone 5S transmit any type of information, such as diagnostics, back to Apple or other parties?
  • Is it possible to extract fingerprint data from an iPhone 5S, either remotely or in person?
  • And does Apple consider fingerprint data to be “subscriber information” or a “tangible thing,” thereby susceptible to being collected by the FBI as part of a national security investigation?

Some answers

Apple has, in a sense, answered some of Franken’s questions already. At its press conference last week, Apple noted that fingerprint data is stored locally, not in the cloud, and that this data is encrypted within the phone’s processor. Apple has said that third-party apps can’t access fingerprint data, but hasn’t said whether these apps will be able to use Touch ID in the future.
An Apple spokesman also told the Wall Street Journal that Touch ID doesn’t store actual fingerprint images, just “fingerprint data.” That means hackers would have a tough time reverse-engineering fingerprints even if they had access to the iPhone’s encrypted processor. (That’s not stopping them; quite a number of parties have pooled together to provide a bounty for whoever manages to hack Touch ID.)
Still, it’s understandable that Franken would want to get Apple on the record with clear answers to privacy questions. Although fingerprint scanning isn’t new, the popularity of the iPhone means it’s about to become a lot more accessible. The questions are worth asking even if most users will never be affected by security issues. Whether Apple feels compelled to respond to Franken is another question.
In the meantime, there’s an easy solution for users who are unnerved by Touch ID: Simply don’t set it up, and use a PIN instead.
source : techhive
You can read Franken's letter to Apple below and download a copy here.
September 19, 2013
Mr. Tim Cook, CEO
Apple, Inc.
1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA

Dear Mr. Cook:

I am writing regarding Apple's recent inclusion of a fingerprint reader on the new iPhone 5S. Apple has long been a leading innovator of mobile technology; I myself own an iPhone. At the same time, while Apple's new fingerprint reader, Touch ID, may improve certain aspects of mobile security, it also raises substantial privacy questions for Apple and for anyone who may use your products. In writing you on this subject, I am seeking to establish a public record of how Apple has addressed these issues internally and in its rollout of this technology to millions of my constituents and other Americans.

Too many people don't protect their smartphones with a password or PIN. I anticipate that Apple's fingerprint reader will in fact make iPhone 5S owners more likely to secure their smartphones. But there are reasons to think that an individual's fingerprint is not "one of the best passwords in the world," as an Apple promotional video suggests.

Passwords are secret and dynamic; fingerprints are public and permanent. If you don't tell anyone your password, no one will know what it is. If someone hacks your password, you can change it—as many times as you want. You can't change your fingerprints. You have only ten of them. And you leave them on everything you touch; they are definitely not a secret. What's more, a password doesn't uniquely identify its owner—a fingerprint does. Let me put it this way: if hackers get a hold of your thumbprint, they could use it to identify and impersonate you for the rest of your life.

It's clear to me that Apple has worked hard to secure this technology and implement it responsibly. The iPhone 5S reportedly stores fingerprint data locally "on the chip" and in an encrypted format. It also blocks third-party apps from accessing Touch ID. Yet important questions remain about how this technology works, Apple's future plans for this technology, and the legal protections that Apple will afford it. I should add that regardless of how carefully Apple implements fingerprint technology, this decision will surely pave the way for its peers and smaller competitors to adopt biometric technology, with varying protections for privacy.

I respectfully request that Apple provide answers to the following questions:

(1) Is it possible to convert locally-stored fingerprint data into a digital or visual format that can be used by third parties?

(2) Is it possible to extract and obtain fingerprint data from an iPhone? If so, can this be done remotely, or with physical access to the device?

(3) In 2011, security researchers discovered that iPhones were saving an unencrypted file containing detailed historical location information on the computers used to back up the device. Will fingerprint data be backed up to a user's computer?

(4) Does the iPhone 5S transmit any diagnostic information about the Touch ID system to Apple or any other party? If so, what information is transmitted?

(5) How exactly do iTunes, iBooks and the App Store interact with Touch ID? What information is collected by those apps from the Touch ID system, and what information is collected by Apple associated with those interactions, including identifiers or hashes related to the fingerprint data?

(6) Does Apple have any plans to allow any third party applications access to the Touch ID system or its fingerprint data?

(7) Can Apple assure its users that it will never share their fingerprint data, along with tools or other information necessary to extract or manipulate the iPhone fingerprint data, with any commercial third party?

(8) Can Apple assure its users that it will never share their fingerprint files, along with tools or other information necessary to extract or manipulate the iPhone fingerprint data, with any government, absent appropriate legal authority and process?

(9) Under American privacy law, law enforcement agencies cannot compel companies to disclose the "contents" of communications without a warrant, and companies cannot share that information with third parties without customer consent. However, the "record[s] or other information pertaining to a subscriber... or customer" can be freely disclosed to any third party without customer consent, and can be disclosed to law enforcement upon issuance of a non-probable cause court order. Moreover, a "subscriber number or identity" can be disclosed to the government with a simple subpoena. See generally 18 U.S.C. § 2702-2703

Does Apple consider fingerprint data to be the "contents" of communications, customer or subscriber records, or a "subscriber number or identity" as defined in the Stored Communications Act?
(10) Under American intelligence law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation can seek an order requiring the production of "any tangible thing[] (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items)" if they are deemed relevant to certain foreign intelligence investigations. See 50 U.S.C. § 1861. 
Does Apple consider fingerprint data to be "tangible things" as defined in the USA PATRIOT Act?
(11) Under American intelligence law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation can unilaterally issue a National Security Letter that compels telecommunications providers to disclose "subscriber information" or "electronic communication transactional records in its custody or possession." National Security Letters typically contain a gag order, meaning that recipients cannot disclose that they received the letter. See, e.g., 18 U.S.C. § 2709.
Does Apple consider fingerprint data to be "subscriber information" or "electronic communication transactional records" as defined in the Stored Communications Act?
(12) Does Apple believe that users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in fingerprint data they provide to Touch ID?

Thank you for your time and attention to these questions. I ask that Apple answer these questions within a month of receiving this letter.


Al Franken
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Subcommittee
on Privacy, Technology and the Law

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With the release of iOS 7, app designers and developers will need to adjust their visual language to match the new "flat" design of iOS. In addition to the grid system, the dimensions of icons and commonly used elements, typography and iconography has been updated by Apple in many ways. That‘s why the old iOS Design Cheat Sheet that I published last year with the release of the iPad mini needs an update now. I decided to shift away from pure value-based tables about sizes of design elements towards a simple guide that should help to get you started with iOS 7 app design. As always I will update this guide over time, and if you think there is something important missing here, just let me know.
Since iOS 7 is not supported on older models of the iPhone and iPod (only 4+), this guide will only cover the supported devices. 

Resolutions & Display Specifications


iPhone 5640x1136 px1136x640 px
iPhone 4/4S640x960 px960x640 px
iPhone & iPod Touch1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation320x480 px480x320 px
Retina iPadiPad 3, iPad 41536x2048 px2048x1536 px
iPad Mini768x1024 px1024x768 px
iPad1st and 2nd Generation768x1024 px1024x768 px


DevicesPPIColor ModeColor Temperature
iPhone 53268bit RGBWarm
iPhone 4/4S3268bit RGBCool
iPhone & iPod Touch1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation1638bit RGBWarm
Retina iPadiPad 3, iPad 42648bit RGBWarm
iPad Mini1638bit RGBUnknown
iPad1st and 2nd Generation1328bit RGBWarm

App Icons

One of the biggest changes in iOS 7 is the new dimensions and the visual language used for app icons. Apple introduced a grid system, increased the general size of icons on your home screen and also masked icons with a different shape.


DeviceApp IconAppStore IconSpotlight IconSettings Icon
iPhone 5120x120 px1024x1024 px80x80 px58x58 px
iPhone 4/4S120x120 px1024x1024 px80x80 px58x58 px
Retina iPadiPad 3, iPad 4152x152 px1024x1024 px80x80 px58x58 px
iPad Mini76x76 px512x512 px40x40 px29x29 px
iPad1st and 2nd Generation76x76 px512x512 px40x40 px29x29 px

Rounded corners

iOS 7 App Icon Radius
The old simple radii values for rounded corners are gone. Apple introduced a new shape, which got named "superellipse" byMichael Flarup (I think that‘s a great way to describe this shape). Since Apple did not release an official template of the shape, you will have to use one of the unofficial templates out there, which are replicating the shape in more or less accurate ways. The best I‘ve came across so far is the App Icon Template, which is definitely a very good starting point when you‘re designing an app icon for iOS 7. As always, the rounded corners should not be included in your final exported assets - but you might need them while your design process if you want to add effects, such as a stroke or shadows, which are aligned to the corner of the icon.

Grid system

iOS 7 App Icon Grid System
Apple developed a golden ratio grid system, which can be used to size and align elements on your icon correctly. Anyways, the grid template got criticized a lot by the design community, and it seems like designers (even Apple designers) are not following the grid system very strictly. Feel free to break rules if your icon looks better without taking care of the new grid system.

User Interface

The biggest change in iOS 7 is definitely the all new flat user interface design language used across the whole operating system. While pretty much all gradients and shadows got removed from UI elements, the sizes of commonly used design elements got changed in some cases as well.

Commonly used design elements

DeviceHeight of Status BarHeight of Navigation BarHeight of Tab BarWidth of Tables
iPhone 540 px88 / 64 px98 px640 / 1136 px
iPhone 4/4S40 px88 / 64 px98 px640 / 960 px
Retina iPadiPad 3, iPad 440 px88 px112 pxdynamic
iPad Mini20 px44 px56 pxdynamic
iPad1st and 2nd Generation20 px44 px56 pxdynamic

Status Bar

iOS 7 Status BariOS 7 Status Bar in black
While the size of the status bar is the same as in iOS6, the appearance of its content was slightly changed. You can control the background color to match the look of your app design or use the default color themes (white and black). In a lot of the default iOS 7 apps, the status bar is visually connected with the Navigation Bar without any separations.

Navigation Bar

iOS 7 Navigation Bar GridiOS 7 Navigation Bar Landscape Grid
The Navigation Bar usually includes a title as well as basic navigation and action buttons (such as back to previous view, create, edit, etc.). In landscape orientation, the height of the Nav bar is usually shrunk a bit (to 32pt) to allow more content to be displayed below it.

Table Views

iOS 7 Table Specifications
Tables (or lists) are using the full width of the display now and are not any longer surrounded by a container that separates tables from each other. The only visual separation between different table views are headlines which appear on top of the table (as known from previous iOS versions) on top of the main app background texture/color. Items within a table are separated by a simple 1px line, which has a margin of 15pt to the left side of the screens but connects directly with the right side of the screen. Each item has an inner padding of 15pt to both sides.


iOS 7 Tab BariOS 7 Share Icons
Apple makes massive usage of icons without a fill color but only outlines with a thickness of 1pt, but "classic" icons with a color fill are still present and widely used in iOS 7. An often used style for active icons in the tab bar are inverted colors – while the inactive icon has often only outlines, the active one get‘s filled with a solid color while some strokes disappear or are inverted.


Helvetica Neue is still the default font in iOS, but normal text is usually displayed in the Light face instead of Regular or Bold now. Text that should appear more prominent is often displayed in Medium face (eg. the title in Navigation Bar). Of course, there are still a lot of alternative font faces available to make use of instead of Helvetica Neue. You can find the whole list here. In general (and likely because of the increased usage of Light font faces) the font size was increased for most design elements. Buttons often appear as simple colored text links. Now, they are no longer surrounded by a shape, which supports its metaphor.

Default Font Sizes

Label TypeDefault Font SizeDefault Font Weight
Navigation Bar Title34 pxMedium
Regular Buttons34 pxLight
Table Header34 pxLight
Table Label28 pxRegular
Tab Bar Icon Labels20 pxRegular
Source ivomynttinen

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 by Admin

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