iOS 7 redesign by Jony Ive is reportedly flat and ‘black and white’


John Ive took over Scott Forstall’s role for iOS interface design since his departure last year after Apple’s big snafu with Maps and Siri. Ever since, we’ve been hearing a lot of reports and rumors about iOS complete re-design and getting rid of skeuomorphic design. According to 9to5Mac, there will be number of new features and design elements in iOS 7. Ive will reportedly exclude some “heavy textures” found in iOS and replace them with unified scheme largely featuring more simple black-and-white tones.

This means that the visual styles which we see across various Apple’s stock apps like Notes, Game Center, Mail, and Maps will see Ive’s redesign. According to Ive, skeuomorphic design, which mimics real-world elements (e.g. leather background, stitching, etc.), don’t age well. iOS has become boring over the years with same look and feel and lack of dynamic widgets. It’s time for Apple to change some things around and bring some new excitement for Apple fans and even win back the users who switched to Android. However, Ive needs to be careful not to make a redesign which will be unfamiliar to its longtime users – it needs to be just right.

According to 9to5mac, here’s a list of some examples which will be changed in the new iOS 7:

  • The new lock screen in iOS 7 won’t show the glossy, reflective “slide to unlock”. Instead , it’ll be redesigned with a more muted, black interface, along with the numerical entry pad for lock code.
  • Notification Center’s annoying linen background will be replaced with a dark grey color scheme and white text.
  • Apple may bring some new Notification Center widgets in addition to Weather and Stocks widgets that have been around since iOS 5.
  • Home screen will see a major facelift, with flatter, less glossy app icons, while keeping identical functionality as in iOS 6. It would be nice to see some real-time dynamic icons in iOS 7(similar to Windows Tiles).

The new ioS 7 is expected to be announced at WWDC 2013 on June 10th. We’ll see how much of this is actually true.

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