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iOS 7 Will Have a “Very, Very Flat” User Interface [REPORT]

With Scott Forstall's departure, it's no secret Jony Ive is now the lead interface designer for the upcoming iOS 7. Ive has also been vocal about his distaste for the current skeuomorphic design of iOS. With iOS 7, all of these are bound to change as Apple's next-gen mobile operating system takes on a fresh, yet familiar look.

iOS 7

9to5Mac talked with several people who have either seen or have been briefed regarding iOS 7 and the general consensus is that the redesigned user-interface will be attractive to new iOS users but it could alienate long-time users. According to one source, the iOS 7 interface looks “very, very flat.” Another person added the "interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeuomorphism seen across current and past versions of iOS." Another source added the level of flatness of iOS 7 can be compared to that of Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Metro” UI.

While the new look of iOS 7 may surprise most people, the updated system reportedly has a low learning curve, similar to previous iterations of the iOS.

There is apparently no new learning curve in the same way there was no learning curve when the iPods went color. While iOS 7 does look different, its core apps and system fundamentals  (like the Lock and Home screens) operate in a similar fashion to how they do today.

Podcast App Before and After

According to three people familiar with the system, iOS 7 is codenamed “Innsbruck”. Some of the most notable interface changes is the addition of an all-new icon set for stock apps, as well as the addition of tab bars, newly designed tool bars, and other fundamental interface features. Polarizing filters have also been added in order to decrease the viewing angles of onlookers.

In addition to sacking the complex interface design characteristics from previous iOS versions, Apple is reportedly testing a "more ‘glance-able’ information and system options panels", similar to the Notification Center. Early ideas suggest users will be able to reveal new panels by swiping left or right of the display.

Apple have been hinting for quite some time now it's about to shift its software design philosophy. As mentioned, these changes are bound to please some while surprising others. We just hope despite all the cosmetic changes, iOS 7 will still retain the functional aspect that previous users have grown familiar with. [via 9to5Mac]

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    felipe7 years, 10 months ago

    i liked the shine and gloss but not the skuemorphism