Early reports on iOS 7 are starting to come from people who claim to have seen the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, and they say it’s going to look considerably different from the current one.
Rich vs. Flat Design
The re-design is the first being directed by Jonathan Ives after Scott Forstall was removed as the head of iOS development last fall. If that name is familiar, it’s because Ives has been in charge of Apple’s hardware design for years.
Ives’ is apparently putting his stamp on the look and feel of the operating system. Those who claim to have had an early look at iOS 7 report that it’s going to be have a simpler, cleaner, and flatter look than the current one. All the icons are supposedly getting a new look, as well as tool bars and other design elements.
As part of this, all examples of skeuomorphism are allegedly being removed. This means that apps that currently look like their real-world equivalents — like the Notepad — will be completely redesigned.
The tipsters say that, for the most part, the way that iOS functions won’t change. The operating system is getting a face lift, not a reboot. iPad users are not going to have to re-learn how their tablet functions after installing iOS 7.
However, Apple is reportedly considering adding some pull-down panels, like the way Notification Center is pulled down by dragging down on the top of the screen. These panels will allegedly appear from the right or the left of the screen, but what will be in them is not yet known. In fact, Apple itself doesn’t seem to know yet — the developers are still testing the ideas.
Apple is expected to introduce iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference June 10 – 14.