For years now, some techies have complained about Apple’s overabundance of skeuomorphic design. While it has been the company’s traditional look, rumors have been swirling that Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design has somet...
For years now, some techies have complained about Apple’s overabundance of skeuomorphic design. While it has been the company’s traditional look, rumors have been swirling that Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design has something to say about it. Since Jon Ivy is leading the charge to overhaul iOS, we may see some major design changes that will leave Apple’s next mobile operating system a bit flat.
According to 9to5Mac, unnamed sources that claim to have seen iOS 7 say that the new update deals more with the “look and feel” of the iOS software than a bunch of new features.
The sources describe iOS 7 as “black, white, and flat all over.” Calling the operating system “flat” means that heavy textures and shadows are being dropped in exchange for a less realistic, more modern look.
Ivy has openly stated his dislike of skeuomorphism interfaces. In a meeting 9to5Mac writes that one source quoted Ivy as saying, “software designs filled with physical metaphors do not stand the test of time.”
According to the source, Ivy also pointed out that iOS’ design is all mixed up and not cohesive. For example, the Notes app looks significantly different than the Maps app, which is also designed different than the Game Center app.
According to 9to5Mac, iOS 7 will feature a black interface for the time bar instead of the shiny, transparent one that currently exists. The square grid for unlocking your phone will be rounded out and have black buttons with white text and borders. Many of the linen and leather textures will be dumped in exchange for a flat white and black color.
iOS 7 Concept
Notification Center will see additional widgets, like localized news feeds. Apple is also testing a dedicated easily accessible panel for Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, and Bluetooth.
Home screen icons will lose their shininess and shadows and will have a flatter design with fewer textures. Panoramic Home screen images will be available so that, when you swipe between app screens, your background image will move with it.
Navigation bars will lose gradient textures and some will include a minor “blurring” effect. The touch screen keyboard will be a lighter shade of gray and does not include shadowing.
The Notes app will exchange the yellow legal pad look for a flat, white look. Apps like Mail, Calendar, and Maps are more uniformed with a flat, white design. The App Store, Newsstand, Game Center, Safari, Camera, and Weather apps will all look significantly different.
The Weather app will feature animated images to notate current weather conditions. Apple’s iTunes related apps, like App Store and iBook Store will have a flatter, white look. The iPhone will regain a dedicated FaceTime app.
According to the sources that described the above design changes, Apple has re-architected iOS 7 several times. By the time the software is demonstrated at Worldwide Developer Conference, it may look dramatically different than what Apple has been testing in recent weeks.
In less than a month, Apple will host a keynote address where iOS 7 will likely be shown off. According to AllThingsD, The WWDC keynote address will take place at 10:00 a.m. PT on Monday, June 10.
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