Rumors about the upcoming major iOS update suggest that its aiming for a more simplified user experience.
In just a few months at WWDC 2014 Apple is going to unveil iOS 8. Unlike iOS 7, it may not come with an entirely new user interface or user experience. Its highly like that iOS 8 will build up on that, while being focused on making user experience much more simpler.
Some of the existing apps and features might be modified, according to rumors. Notification Center, a central repository where all notifications are stored, may only have “Today” and “Notifications” views in iOS 8 instead of the existing “All,” “Missed,” and “Notifications” view. Two panels will allow users to easily keep track of important items. The Voice Memo app may also be simplified, Apple is expected to redesign the app’s controls for vital features such as playback and recording.
The native Messages application might also be modified. It is expected to receive the ability to auto-delete threads after a certain amount of time, the feature will presumably be optional and would require the user to opt-in. This would be particularly helpful for users that have legacy devices with less storage space, and would rather not waste it on storing old messages. Even the native Maps is expected to be simplified, apart from the addition of crucial public transit data.
Rumors also suggest that the standalone Game Center app might be removed in iOS 8. Generally this app is seldom used, as Game Center’s functionality can very well be baked into games, so that eliminates the need for iOS 8 to carry an additional native app. The company may also be working on a new API that would enable inter-app communication, thus allowing different apps to share data between them.
It is unlikely that Apple will reveal anything officially about iOS 8 until the Worldwide Developers Conference 2014. Traditionally the conference has taken place in Summer every year, with thousands of developers from around the world in attendance. Even though iOS 8 will be unveiled at WWDC 2014, it will have to go through a lengthy beta stage before its publicly released.