iOS 7 Beta

Shortly after Apple’s WWDC 2013 heavy posting in communities and blogs let websites get overheated. People are provided with many spotlights on new features, traditionally as textual descriptions or videos.

Mind mapping is a powerful technique which may or should replace text by visualized information. It’s the appropriate technology to keep the users away from (textual) information overload. On the other hand mind maps in some cases show us that some kind of news presented without high resolution images and videos not necessarily satisfy consumers wants. What remains is a visualized summary with which users may get deeper into some topics on demand.

But even images and videos cannot replace the original product. For Feelings, enthusiasm or disappointment, user experience, and a simple Like or Hate we have to wait until iOS 7 is installed on our devices.

Anyway I miss the usage of mind maps in publications.
So I created a map showing the relevant features of iOS 7 as of June 2013.
It’s expected that there are more new features not fully developed and published at the time.


Here you may download this map in different formats:

PDF Adobe Reader

ITMZ (Native format of iThoughts for iPad)

MMAP (Mindjet)


Admittedly this map cannot show the new design which is quite important because many potential customers decide per design. Additionally users don’t just want to use their device but also want to like it. That’s a very important point in former, today’s, and future strategy of Apple: Pull customers by doing a bit artwork for devices and software.

So please refer to the Apple website where all features are presented with animations

Apple iOS 7


Another brief walkthrough is presented by J. D. Lace on Google+

iOS 7 Walkthrough by J. D. Lace

By the way …
J. D. Lace publishes excellent posts with comprehensive content.
J. D. contributes to

and by Corbin Briske

A depth look on iOS 7

Annotations …

  • Feature details
    The mind map doesn’t show details. Details of features are always almost important regarding the acceptance, usability, and productivity. If the UI (User Interface) and the UX (User Experience) are not suitable users will not recognize them as an improvement although it could be sophisticated and never shown in other operating systems or applications.
  • Missing features
    In January 2013 I collected some features users all over the world expected for iOS 7.
    iOS 7 is coming, dead sure!
    None of these features are implemented in the actual beta version of iOS 7.
    So Apple again goes a not expected path. Is it a trail of tears? Regarding the file system I would say YES. It is still a way with many stumble stones to commonly use files by multiple apps.

    Refer to my blog
    Every App is an iLand
    if you are not familiar with the built-in restrictions of Apple’s file system.

  • Saying NO and pulling people
    Some publications say that Apple worked on a completely revamped version of iOS because of it’s strongest competitor Google with it’s Androis OS.
    I assume: Apple would even had done it if Android would not be in the market.
    It’s Apple’s innovative power to continuously provide people with products the want.

Further information …

A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches. Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea.

The website


is the world’s largest free mind map library founded by Liam Hughes, UK.

On January 1, 2013 I created a new group on named APPLE.

The Apple group offers free mind maps about Apple products, the operating system iOS for mobile devices, and apps from Apple’s App Store.

Apple group on Biggerplate

To download mind maps from Biggerplate you have to register first. Just enter your E-Mail address and a password and you will become a member. The membership is totally free.

You can download any mind map created by more than 50,000 members for free.

For the Apple group it’s recommended to use the app iThoughts by Craig Scott available at Apple’s App Store. It’s the only app supporting about 20 different formats especially .mmap files (Mindmanager), .xmind files (XMind), and .cdmz files (ConceptDraw) which are supported by Biggerplate.

Related links …

Apple iOS 7

Features Apple didn’t talk about

Features MIA in iOS 7

Thanks a lot for dropping by.