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iOS 7 to have a “fresh but familiar” look, flatter design

A new report suggests a complete overhaul of iOS is coming at WWDC, with a flat design, new app icons and changes to the user interface

9to5Mac has delivered a lengthy report on iOS 7 after speaking to multiple people who have either seen or been briefed on the new mobile operating system. It includes some exciting information on the changes we can expect now that Jony Ive is heading up the human interface design team.

The site firstly say that the new design is “very, very flat”, and that it “loses all signs of gloss, shine and skeuomorphism.” It seems that Jony Ive is removing many of the elements of iOS championed by previous Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall, ditching all signs or real-life objects and replacing them with a design that is more simple. However, the report suggests that the changes won’t necessarily be welcomed by all iOS users, however:

“The operating system sports a redesigned user-interface that will be attractive to new iOS users, but potentially unsettling for those who are long-accustomed to the platform…”

However, Apple is focusing on simplicity, and trying to get back to its roots with an easy-to-use design that anyone can pick up and learn in just a few seconds:

“While the look of the updated system may be surprising to some, iOS 7 is reportedly not more difficult to use than earlier versions of software platform. There is apparently no new learning curve in the same way there was no learning curve when the iPods went color. While iOS 7 does look different, its core apps and system fundamentals  (like the Lock and Home screens) mostly operate in a similar fashion to how they do today.”

The skeumorphic design of iOS's built-in apps has long been a point of contention among users

The report suggests that there are sweeping changes being made, and it goes further than just interface design. The first-party apps included with your iOS device are also being redesigned, as well as “newly designed tool bars, tab bars, and other fundamental interface features across the system.”

We only have to wait a few more weeks until we get a first glance at iOS 7, as Apple has confirmed it will be showing off the new operating system at WWDC on June 10th. We’ll be reporting on the event live, so stay tuned to find out more.