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Sep172014

The Evolution of iOS from iOS 1 - iOS 8

The Evolution of iOS from iOS 1 - iOS 8 infographic

On iOS 8 launch day, The Evolution of iOS from iOS 1- iOS 8 infographic is a timeline of the iOS systems from 7 Day Shop. The infographic shows the evolution of the home screen, app icons, and the most noteworthy features.

This week saw the launch of the highly anticipated iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iWatch. Apple also announced that iOS 8, the operating system that will run both of the new iPhones will be made available for download on September 9th, 2014.

In light of the evolutionary change of the iOS, we decided to dig a little deeper to the first ‘iPhone OS’ right through to it’s latest iteration iOS 8. It’s development both in the hardware and software front over just only 6 years is beyond remarkable.

We have charted the evolution of the home screen, app icons and the most noteworthy features of each iOS.

It’s a tall design with a lot of information, but the visuals help out tremendously.  There’s way too much text in this design, and they chose to make the font size too small to fit it all in.  For the new features added with each major upgrade I would remove the text descriptions, and just keep the titles.  Keep the design simple.

This is a good example of an informative infographic capitalizing on a hot trending topic. There’s no hard sales pitch or even a call-to-action. This makes people more willing to share the infographic, and 7DayShop.com just put their logo in the footer to claim credit and build their overall awareness and credibility. They should have included the URL link to the original infographic on their site to help readers find it. Especially on a design this big, because most blog and social shares will post a smaller thumbnail version.

Are the new features compelling you to upgrade to iOS 8? Did you order the new iPhone 6? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks to Kunie for sending in the link!

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Reader Comments (2)

Hey Randy,

Thank you for the critique and feedback on the Infographic as I led the data collection, design and promotion of this Infographic.
Point noted on keeping just the titles for simplicity - which is the essence of Apple anyway!

Cheers,
Kunle
September 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKunle Campbell
Greetings mr. Randy,

Thanks for your incentive opinion on the infographic. It was a design challenge to keep the enormous data clear and consistent.
If you want to see more of my work or maybe give your input, here you can find more of my designs: https://dribbble.com/tudorpopam

Thanks,
Tudor
February 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTudor

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