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iOS 7: Mockup, preview suggest thin font, color shifts


Apple is set to unveil iOS 7 today, and 9to5Mac has posted a mockup of Apple’s new OS released with additional details before its official debut. iOS 7 reportedly uses a thinner font throughout the Home Screens. Apple has replaced the carrier signal bars with five white or gray dots. App icons have also changed in various ways — for instance, Camera is now gray with the image of a camera, as opposed to a lens. The Photos, Game Center and Safari icons have changed, while Mail, Music, App Store, and iTunes Store icons apparently look like flatter versions of the previous icons.

There are also apparently two color schemes for many of the apps — a “black” color scheme and “white” scheme. It’s unknown what role these schemes will play, but black and white iPhones could have their own color schemes, or the phone might change color schemes based on time or the amount of ambient light. Maps will reportedly add walking directions, and as was previously reported, AirDrop sharing will be available.

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So, it just seems weird that companies are claiming that they are moving away from skeumorphism, when they are just simplifying the icons.  A simplified icon of a camera, letter, or rolodex/address book are not really ditching skeumorphism.  They are just simpler versions of skeumorphism.

In today’s world, an image of a lense is a much better representation of a camera than the icon shown.  A camera can be just about any shape.  Yes, the camera is still alive in our culture, unlike the address book or rolodex.  If the contacts icon is just a simpler version of the current one, or any other icon for that matter, then what have we gained?  The icons are simpler, but might lack the visual cues that make it easier to find them.  Like in Win Phone or Win 8, you have to read more, rather than just recognize the icon quickly.

Posted by Eric on June 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM (CDT)


Where’s the functionality? Oh that’s right this is apple we’re talking about. :s

Posted by Bree on June 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM (CDT)


What about features and functions users actually NEED? A fresh coat of paint doesn’t necessarily translate to a new car!

Posted by ahMEmon on June 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM (CDT)

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