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Report: iOS 7 to have ‘very, very flat’ interface

Sources claim the look of Apple’s upcoming iOS 7 will be simpler than past incarnations, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. “Multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on the upcoming iOS 7” claim the new operating system will be attractive to new users, but “potentially unsettling” for long-time iOS users. The interface is “very, very flat,” one source says, while another says it loses “all signs of gloss, shine, and skeumorphism” (sp). Immediately after the departure of former Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall, speculation has been that Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive’s work on the new OS would move away from skeuomorphism, which Forstall and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs both favored.

One source compared iOS 7 to the Windows Phone UI. Reportedly, there is no new learning curve for the new operating system, as the “core apps and system fundamentals” operate similarly to the current iOS. Interface changes allegedly include a new icon set for native apps, newly designed tool bars, and tab bars. Apple has also apparently been researching ways to add more quick glance panels, such as Notification Center, into the new software. One idea included swipes from the left and right of the display. Sources note iOS 7 is codenamed “Innsbruck,” likely after the Austrian city.

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Please, Please, PLEAAASE NOOOO!

Havn’t they seen the unimaginative mess that is Metro? Are they just running with the herd now? Can they no longer stand out and continue to set the standards for realism and easy user interface?

“Flat” is everywhere all of a sudden - I even see it as a new look for TV stations (e.g. the recent change to plain black and white of CNBC).

What happened? Was this all the rage in the design schools recently and is it now being inflicted on us poor, style challanged end users?

“Flat” was what had to be used in the 80s when you were stuck with slow 8 bit graphics and didn’t have any choice. My new Windows 8 PC with “Flat” is a mess - open windows merge into one another, the interface feels cold and uninviting, purely functional with no warmth or welcome - like one of those steel and concrete Manhattan lofts…

If they’re going to do it at least allow use oldies a button to keep the old “look and feel”. Apple can’t afford to alienate us much more - they’ve done enough damage with iTunes 11…

My bet is that this “Flat” look will be a short lived fad.

Apple can do better than follow the herd - least of all one Microsoft, with it’s already panned Windows 8 interface, is leading!!!

Posted by Pauley on April 30, 2013 at 2:54 AM (CDT)


If I ever flatten an interface I’d make sure to codename it ‘Innsbruck’, too. Can’t think of a place that looks as non-flat as this city in the mountains.

Posted by Felix on April 30, 2013 at 3:01 AM (CDT)


I will be extremely disappointed if this is true and they are getting rid of skeuomorphism. What is the effin point in having a retina display if they are getting rid of all of the rich HD visuals that makes it so worthwhile!?

Idiots! Steve jobs must be spinning in his grave!

I will very much be looking else wear for my new tablet come next year. Bye Apple. Nice knowing ya.

Posted by Rick Lowe on April 30, 2013 at 6:09 AM (CDT)


@2: Perhaps a code name of “Flatulence” would be better in this case?

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on April 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM (CDT)


I don’t know what “flat” means for iOS, but I certainly don’t want a Windows phone.

I’ll just have to place my faith in Jony Ive’s stewardship.

Posted by Norton on May 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM (CDT)

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