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iOS 7 Will Look “Black, White and Flat All Over”, More Details on Apple’s Next Mobile OS

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is drawing closer which is no doubt an exciting time for both the media and fans. As previously reported, WWDC 2013 is said to be the stage where the Cupertino company will announce its next-gen mobile operating system, iOS 7. As it is commonly known, iOS 7 codenamed Innsbruck will receive a thorough overhaul led by Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive. Now a new report has surfaced, claiming to have inside information regarding iOS 7.

iOS 7

9to5Mac reports that iOS 7 will be “black, white, and flat all over”, according to its sources. This points to the possibility that iOS 7 will be dropping the use of heavy textures and more black and white user interface elements thrown in. Here are some interesting points that are worth noting:

  • As mentioned, iOS 7 will feature a “black, white, and flat all over”, as opposed to the heavy textures that we are all familiar with.
  • Ive reportedly said that skeuomorphism and its physical metaphors do not stand the test of time.
  • The challenge is to "make Apple’s software as clean and seamless as his glass and aluminum devices, all while making the software remain simple enough to resonate with customers."


iOS Lockscreen

  • With iOS 7, Apple will replace the "shiny, transparent time bar" atop the Lock screen in exchange for a "shine-free, black interface."
  • The square grid for the passcode will be replaced with "round, black buttons with white text and white borders."
  • The lockscreen will look different but it retains the same functionality.


Notification Center iOS

  • Notification center will feature a “dark/black color background with white text” design unlike the current one with the dark linen background.
  • Notification center will be loaded with new widgets for localized news feed and SBSettings-like toggles for frequently accessed functions such as Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, and Bluetooth.

Home screen

iPhone Home screen

  • Home screen app icons will "lose shine, shadows and gloss" but "the buttons are still round and just as tappable."
  • Stock app icons will be redesigned with "flatter, less-skeuomorphic textures."
  • Just like with Android, iOS 7 will get scrollable panoramic wallpapers.
  • Navigation and tab bars will get a new design void of gradient textures. Some bars will reportedly have a minor blurring effect.



iOS 7 Concept by SimplyZesty

  • Not surprisingly, most stock Apple apps will get a redesign to go along with the white, black, and flat theme.
  • The iPhone’s Notes app will now have a flat white look. Apps like Mail, Calendar, and Maps have also gained flat white textures.
  • While the core elements are mostly while, each app has been given a unique color so they become more distinguishable.
  • The new Weather app will include some animated images to indicate types of weather such as rain, sun, or snow.

These are just some of the most notable design changes that you will see in iOS 7. From the looks of it, iOS 7 will be familiar enough and have the same functionality but it will have enough design changes to give it a fresh new look. It looks like iOS users will be in for a pleasant surprise once iOS 7 drops. [via 9to5Mac]

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