Apple to Release Revamped iOS 7, Jony is in the Details

With WWDC just over a couple of weeks away, rumours and leaks abound as to the next iPhone and reiteration of iOS7. Apple, and Jony Ive in particular, have said to have performed a complete revamp of iOS 7, by flattening and desaturating the look of the OS.

iOS 7 will be the complete brainchild of Jony Ive, Apple’s Sr. Vice President of Design, representing his first stand-alone OS since the departure of Scott Forstall late last year. The new OS will have many of the skeuomorphic design elements reduced or removed entirely.

Expect apps like Calendar and Address book to lose the touchy-feely leather look and go back to very monochromatic elements where the beauty lies in the simplicity of the design and the marriage of form and function. The notifications window is expected to lose the linen background and the books app to lose the “wooden” shelf. While all of the features add to the look and familiarity of iOS, they ultimately detract from its simplicity.

While Ive and Apple will most certainly make some other changes, another rumoured feature will be the addition of long anticipated widgets that go beyond the current Weather and Stocks that are currently available. A revamped home/lock screen is also said to be in the works with additional security options such as gestures.

While I appreciate the simplistic design, the monochromatic approach to buttons and icons can get confusing, especially to users that have familiarized themselves by selecting operations based on icon colour. Only time will tell how these improvements go over with the general user, but based on Ive’s already stellar track record, this could be an exciting time for the next version of iOS.


Via Forbes

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