Apple's iOS 7 to sport a flatter look, more 'glanceable' info

While everyone is looking forward to the next iPhone, many industry watchers are more excited about iOS 7 and the direction Apple takes with the next iteration of the operating system. 9to5Mac cites multiple sources who have seen or used iOS 7 saying that the operating system sports a redesigned user-interface that will be more in line with Microsoft’s flat-looking UI rather than the skeumorphic interface we have become so used to seeing on Apple devices.

Apple’s redesigned iOS experience has been developed by Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jony Ive, who has long been known as the man behind iconic products such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and the Mac computers.

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The new interface is “very, very flat,” one source said, while another said that the interface has lost the gloss, shine, and skeuomorphism (using design elements to make any UI seem like its real world counterpart, like the yellow background on a note-taking app) seen across all versions of iOS till date. A third source said iOS 7 has a kind of flatness that will remind many of Microsoft’s Windows Phone interface.

iOS 7 also reportedly retains all the user-friendliness of its earlier versions while never presenting a steep learning curve for long-time users. While iOS 7’s UI will definitely look different, the core apps and essentials, such as the famous lock screen and the home screen, will continue to function in a way iOS loyalists are used to.

The operating system is codenamed ‘Innsbruck’, according to three sources familiar with the development. The interface changes include cosmetic changes to the icons for Apple’s native apps and redesigned toolbars, tab bars, and other interface features across the system.

In addition, Apple has reportedly been mulling how to add more ‘glanceable’ information in the Notification Center, as well as system options in the panel. One idea is to implement new panels via swipes from the left and right sides of the display. Whether this feature will work like Android 4.2 Jelly Bean’s dual-notification drawer is not known.

Published Date: Apr 30, 2013 03:42 pm | Updated Date: Apr 30, 2013 03:42 pm