As expected, the upcoming version of iOS, iOS 7, will bring in a ton of changes to the core design of the OS. It's an end-to-end overhaul that sees the addition of new icons and new animations and new multi-tasking functionality to iPhone and iPad. The release date is this fall. A beta build for devs releases today.

More relevant to our interests is the UI overhaul of Game Center, which will kill the goofy green felt look and replace it with a practical, white, and minimal UI. It's up in the air if this overhaul extends beyond new window dressing, but even if it doesn't, Game Center will magically become infinitely more useable on iOS 7 because man that thing looks bad on the current (and previous) iterations of iOS.

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Also of note: at the end of the demo for iOS 7, there was mention of an API for 3rd-party MFi game controllers. We'll learn more about this as WWDC continues through the week and we get a chance to chat with devs spending time in sessions.

[image via The Verge]

  • speedyph

    Any news about Xcom and deus ex yet ?

  • B3NDoX

    I'm exited for this.

    • iBooa the First

      Where did you exit?

  • cplr

    You'll notice the bottom-right tab is titled "Turns"-- finally a central location to view all GC turns! :-D

  • c4r105

    Bring it on!

  • Mike

    Good thing we have real TA designer input on what a good UI looks like or doesn't. I'd be so lost without it.

  • Karzay

    Agh! Can't even get the developer part of their site to load. I'm the most interested in the SDK update. I like the mention of controller API. I hope to read more about that.

  • Adams Immersive

    Took me a while to figure out that MFi stands for the Made For iOS program.

  • phonecats

    it looks pretty.
    pretty boring.

  • jhamdotme

    They also mentioned in one of their slides that there are going to be new APIs for secure leaderboards. That’s welcome news. Now we won’t also have to fight against killjoy saboteurs when we’re competing for high scores.

    • PureRumble

      How can u make a leaderboard secure? In the end what puts u on a leaderboard after having set a new high score is that your device sends some data to the server

      So what the "hacker" does is to figure out what data is sent to the server, and sends the same data with a replaced score... Without having played the game

      Even if u implement a digital signature handshake between your device and the server, using a private key that is only stored inside your device, then it is only a matter of jailbreaking ios to create a bogus app that sends the high score and adds the digital signature

      I cant come up with anything else

      • lucascott

        If that stops these losers from posting fake high scores in the top slots that is fine with me

      • PureRumble

        Eeeeuh u didnt read what i wrote properly did u?

        I said that im certain there is NO way to make a leaderboard bullet proof

        No matter what contingencies u put in place to validate the high score the hacker is just gonna use the same ones to validate his spoofed score and send it in to the leaderboard server

  • ImJPaul

    I wish I only played 9 iOS games. But nope. I'm up to a staggering 572. IM SUCH A NERD

  • crunc

    iOS 7 isn't served well with screenshots. It looks pretty bad in screenshots, but apparently great in motion? I need to find some videos of it.

  • Maszek

    "3rd part controllers"

    I didnt ask for this.

  • https://plus.google.com/115494461848613522089/posts Eng. Jorge A. Santana

    iOS having game controller support is huge for a Next gen hardware Apple TV puck. This can make them compete with consoles, KOTOR on ipad shows the power iPad 4th gen. It could play a game twice as complex as that.

    A A7X Apple TV will blow away Ouya, etc.. And be on par with Xbox 360 on power(A6X 77gflops vs Xbox 360 115gflops). Off course Xbox One and PS4 are in the 1.2-2teraflops but IMHO a Apple TV with Xbox 360 performance and controller can be the 3rd console in the market beating Wii U and the android iterations. Plus Xbox One & PS4 won't upgrade the hardware in 8-10 years mobile chips will catch up in this than that IMHO.

    • ImJPaul

      I'm not sure mobile will ever truly catch up with consoles but its always been a dream of ours. A guy can dream though, right?

  • xzeldax3

    Wow that white looks blinding. Hopefully there is a "night" theme to make the background black so it doesn't burn my eyes in low light settings.

    • ineptidude

      Could always invert colors on your phone.

    • pdSlooper

      This, for reals. I'm all for minimalist design, but boy do I hate huge swaths of blinding white on my screen.

      • themostunclean

        Agreed. Too much white would be one of my few complaints about iOS 7. It seems to be a general theme across the whole OS.

    • Protoman

      I think what could really help out with the white issue is to add some neon pink so your eyes are distracted away from all the white.

      • pdSlooper

        :(

  • Kafu

    GC icon is horrible, meaningless.

    • lucascott

      They could have just kept the same checkerboard look with out the textures or pieces

    • themostunclean

      That's a very sour and spiteful sounding comment. Android fanboy,perhaps? Or do you just really love ugly skeuomorphisms like green felt an polished wood that look like something a second year design student from 2005 would create.

      Obviously the icon is representative of the GC interface. There's your meaning.

  • Hiraether

    Think steam ppl.

  • Greyskull

    Drop the bubbles please. I feel like I'm trapped in an early '80's synthpop music video.

    • curtneedsaride

      I wouldn't be surprised to hear Erasure's Always every time I open the new Gamecenter!

  • lucascott

    So they dumped the felt for Google Circles?

    Hopefully Challenges will include sent and received.

  • curtneedsaride

    I couldn't care less about the design as long as iOS 7 came with full streaming of all your purchased music and videos... But alas, I don't think it will. All we'll get is iTunes Radio. Yay.

  • Angelxz

    I'm guessing we still won't be able to chat with other players :/