Apple is expected to unveil iOS 7 in a few weeks. This operating system is being redesigned by Apple’s Jony Ive, and some of the details of the changes have leaked out.
Ive has been responsible for the design of Apple’s hardware for years, but this is the first time he’s been able to control the look of the software. He’s apparently bringing the clean, simple lines of the the iPad and iPhone to the iOS, getting rid of the more detailed and skeuomorphic elements in previous versions.
Rich vs. Flat Design
According to information leaked to 9to5Mac by people who have seen early versions of iOS 7, Ive is going to simplify the icons of all Apple own apps so that they are more “flat”. These will appear on top of wallpapers that can stretch across several screens.
All of Apple’s own software will have the same basic look, which has been described as “black, white, and flat”. Each will have a white background with major elements in a distinctive color — the calendar might be red, email might be blue, etc.
The leather or linen trim that appears in many of Apple’s apps (like Notepad) will allegedly be stripped out. This includes the linen background of the Notification Center, which might get several new widgets, including one that gives much faster control of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Airplane Mode settings.
Other details on iOS 7 have leaked out previously. For example, it may have support for additional social-networking services built in.