Reports out this week, which backup and echo earlier reports, say the iOS 7 — now under the leadership of Jony Ive — will be significantly “flatter” and will lose “all signs of gloss, shine and skeuomorphism.”
(skeuomorphism is the phenomenon used in software design that makes align certain components of the design with real-world designs, i.e., Apple’s iBookshelf.)
9to5Mac reports the following:
While the look of the updated system may be surprising to some, iOS 7 is reportedly not more difficult to use than earlier versions of software platform. 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) mostly operate in a similar fashion to how they do today.
iOS 7 is codenamed “Innsbruck,” according to three people familiar with the OS. The interface changes include an all-new icon set for Apple’s native apps in addition to newly designed tool bars, tab bars, and other fundamental interface features across the system.
It’s difficult to tell what Ive will do to the design of the software, but being in charge of industrial design should link the hardware and software design closer together.
Critics of this flat design concept fear it might look too much like Windows 8.
“It will be very much in keeping with Apple if they release a flat mobile OS, just like Windows and Android and everyone else these days, but then claim they have invented a new level of flatness that is superior to everyone else’s flatness,” says one MacRumors commenter.
“Apple will then patent flatness and sue everyone else for flat UI.
Honestly if Apple wants to be revolutionary bring back glass buttons and at least look different than all their competition.
Geeze, if this is Apple’s idea of innovation, to duplicate other people’s design trends now, its game over.”
It’s a no-brainer that Apple needs to desperate refresh the look of its popular mobile operating system, but duplicating a Windows or Android user interface might not be the best idea.
Here’s to hoping it works out.