iOS 7 for iPad previewed in screenshots from tweaked simulatorAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
It's now been a full week since Apple took the wraps off of iOS 7, and since then many folks have been digging into the new software and discovering all of the changes that've been made. However, one aspect of iOS 7 that's still a mystery is how it'll look on the larger screen of the iPad, as said during WWDC that the tablet-specific version of iOS 7 would be arriving in the coming weeks. German site apfelpage.de and registered developer Sonny Dickson apparently don't feel like waiting until then, though, and as a result they've tweaked the iOS 7 simulator to support the iPad and posted screenshots of what they saw.
This tweaked version of the iOS 7 beta doesn't look terribly different from the version that's available for the iPhone right now, but there are some changes that are worth taking note of. For example, the Control Center is shorter on the iPad than it is on the iPhone, which is a result of the iPad's larger display and its ability to show longer rows of icons rather than stacking them on top of one another like on the iPhone. The iOS 7 Notification Center for iPad is also different from previous versions of iOS, taking up the full screen when its pulled down rather than just a tiny portion at the top of the screen. Safari appears to be different on the iPad compared to the iPhone version, with changes that include a Private Browsing toggle right above the keyboard.
Because these screenshots are from a tweaked iOS 7 simulator and not from an iPad-specific version of iOS 7, they shouldn't be taken as evidence of exactly what the official version of iOS 7 for iPad will look like. Instead, they're meant to give us an idea of how iOS 7 might look on Apple's tablets once the iOS 7 beta for iPad is released. We've also heard that iOS 7 is still a "work in progress," so the software that's actually released to iPhones and iPads in the fall could end up looking a bit different than what we're seeing in screenshots and videos today. To get a better idea of how the iPad version of iOS 7 could end up looking, you can find more images at German site apfelpage.de and in Sonny Dickson's Twitter stream by hitting up the links below.