Ridiculous in a number of ways, but hold on there, let me explain.
Right now at Podio we're discussing how our app can be in tip-top condition for when iOS7 rolls out for the sticky-fingered masses. Most things are fine because we used a skin called "Flat UIs 3.0". However, it's the status bar that is causing us issues. Apple is recommending heavily that the status bar UI becomes part of the app that is running - forcing operating system UI into the app's (already crowded) interface. Not only does this impact on the overall visuals, but also adds interesting problems with depth perception when the status bar would be static (but part of the UI), and the rest of the UI moves.
I've always been a fan of the separation of the status bar - especially on the black iPhone where it looks almost is part of the hardware. So I thought, let's screw science and put the status bar *IN* the hardware, and separate it from main display. I'm not going to speculate on what kind of wizardry would be needed to make this exist, but it would probably be LEDs, toothpaste, and a single strand of human hair.
Anyway, If a status bar was going to go in this non-screen area, what it contains would probably be pretty different to how status bars exist today (feel free to rebound), but I just choose the existing layout to make a point (hat tip to Tyler Dolphin for re-creating it).
Shoot me down.
5 months ago
I think this status bar is also the one that I hate where they force the it to be part of the app. I'm wondering why they did it, perhaps to make the app it self (at least the header) less complex.
Not ridiculous at all. It's annoying that Apple want it integrated. I think a lot of people, including me, will be trying to visually separate it when designing app layouts.
I really do like the idea, obviously the execution of it will be tricky(but you mention that).
But having used Podio I see that implementing the statusbar into the design will add some complications. I'm mostly working with webapps, and I can't imagine the webapp's being able to style the statusbar in the same way as the native apps, so on that note I'm a bit sad that my webapps will look even less like actually app experiences.
Can't wait to see this discussion evolve!
Good shout :)
I like the idea, but I can see some issues with it: What about landscape use? What about when the status bar needs two lines (during calls, tethering mode...)? What about apps that use the status bar to show custom information like Mailbox?
Like @Pete said, the only way to make that work would probably be a different kind of status bar altogether...
It's 1337 o'clock :)
As long as its hide-able on tap or via a setting, I'm pretty cool with it. Somewhat like the LED for the camera or the bluetooth keyboard.
Heres to the Crazy Ones.
I hear E-Ink is ultra light on power consumption. ;)
great work .
App designs look so much nicer without the status bar. I like this concept, even though it seems impossible.
I’d also be happy if Apple switched back to a black status bar and removed most of the junk that’s accumulated over the years. This is even more true for iOS 7, where the status of Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Orientation Lock and other things are a single swipe away.
We can place views under and above the status bar (in z-order), so I think the end result is many devs taking control anyway, and ending up with designs that are similar to iOS 6.
I think it may require a Phoenix feather over a human hair ;)
Lovely concept and idea! :)
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