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Apple iOS 7 May Sport 'Very Flat' Look Like Windows Phone

By - Source: 9to5Mac | B 21 comments

Looks like Apple may finally be freshening up with iOS 7.

Sources close to Apple's iOS development team claim that the fruity company is taking cues from Microsoft to completely redesign a popular, familiar operating system. The upcoming iOS 7 platform will reportedly sport an entirely new design, breaking away from the glossy sea of apps that first began to flow on the original iPhone back in June 2007.

The new interface, reportedly codenamed "Innsbruck", will be "very, very flat" like Windows Phone 8: all the gloss, shine and "skeuomorphism" will be ripped out. That means icons will be void of any shadows, reflections and heavy textures, and may be presented as mere multi-colored boxes with the app's logo. This would make a more streamlined interface across both multiple devices and time itself.

Sources claim that despite the "flat" design, the new interface is not more difficult to use than earlier releases. The transition will reportedly be just as easy as it was when iPods went to color. Even more, core apps and system fundamentals like the Lock and Home screens will mostly operate in a similar fashion to how they perform on devices sporting iOS v6.1.3 and earlier.

In addition to the "flat" look, iOS 7 will supposedly include an all-new icon set for Apple's native apps, newly designed tool bars, new tab bars, and other fundamental interface features. Devices launching with iOS 7 will reportedly feature polarizing features to decrease the viewing angles of snooping, nosy on-lookers.

Apple is also reportedly discussing and testing ways to add more system options panels and information that can be accessed at a glance although it's unknown if these features will end up in iOS 7. Sources claim that one of the early ideas was to implement the new panels through swipes from the left and right side of an iOS device, similar to what's done on Mac trackpads.

One sign of the incoming design change can be seen in Apple's own Podcasts app. At one time, the design included a physical "tape deck" – which the user manipulated in order to move through the podcast – and virtual buttons. The new design which was introduced earlier this year doesn't feature the tape deck or virtual buttons.

There's also speculation that the colorful WWDC 2013 logo points to the new iOS 7 design, sporting a flat layout, lightweight modern text and other elements. Sources claim that the Game Center icon and interface materials will even be just a colorful, shedding the ugly green and brown casino-like design.

The move to change iOS to a new design stems from Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive. He's believed to be less of a flashy, skeuomorphic interface fan than predecessor Apple iOS SVP Scott Forstall.

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    Thunderfox , May 1, 2013 8:04 AM
    Let's create supercomputers for our pockets and use them to display... DOS graphics.
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    Thunderfox , May 1, 2013 8:04 AM
    Let's create supercomputers for our pockets and use them to display... DOS graphics.
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    vmem , May 1, 2013 8:21 AM
    really??? Apple's gonna copy Microsoft now? how is that ever going to end well
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    Netherscourge , May 1, 2013 8:25 AM
    ...even more reason to stay put on a Jailbroken iOS device
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    ap3x , May 1, 2013 8:42 AM
    They are not talking about the use of Tiles or other flat like features in Windows 8. They are talking about the color pallet. It will be more modern using flat colors with no or not as much shine. The skeuomorphism will also be gone for the most part. It will be a more modern looking UI that matches the hardware design a bit better.
    There is no comparison at all to the Windows 8 interface and what IOS is looking like. This articles are misleading because no one has even seen the interface yet everyone is mentioning Windows 8 when they talk about IOS 7.
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    blubbey , May 1, 2013 9:13 AM
    MS suing Apple for flat coloured boxes?
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    sundragon , May 1, 2013 9:23 AM
    Before everyone goes all Apple's copying MS, lets see what it really looks like, lol
    P.S. I have an idea that Key Lime Pie will also sport a newer interface than what we've been experiencing 2.x - 4.x
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    nukemaster , May 1, 2013 9:36 AM
    Let's create supercomputers for our pockets and use them to display... DOS graphics.

    I have to agree with this post. I mean things are getting faster. i can see some pre-rendering to lighten the load(save battery), but things are so fast that transparency and whatnot are idle work for the cpu/gpu now.

    Like it or not, here comes the future.

    In a bit of hind sight, Toms uses a rather "flat" look(for some parts of the site) and it works out quite well.
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    falcompsx , May 1, 2013 10:26 AM
    I'm not a fan of computers moving to flat looking interfaces. I liked windows 7 and aero. it looked alive, and high tech. Windows 8 just looks... like a toy.
    I hope iOS doesn't suffer a similar fate and ditch all of its animations and and icon shading. its very subtle but it really looks good.
    Why have a super high-res "retina" display to display flat, mono-colored boxes?
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    fat_panda , May 1, 2013 11:00 AM
    They need something big for iOS 7. I've lost all faith in my iPhone thanks to the stagnant development of iOS updates. I'm ready to move on to Android phones.
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    robochump , May 1, 2013 11:03 AM
    I highly doubt iOS will look like Windows Phone. Those that believe it are gullible.
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    math1337 , May 1, 2013 11:56 AM
    Bleh.. iOS is the sexiest of all of the phone OSs. I only use android because I like big screens and freedom. WinPho is a terrible looking piece of crap.
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    DRosencraft , May 1, 2013 1:00 PM
    I just find it funny that with all the criticism that MSFT received, and the claims that MSFT was copying Apple, here it is that Apple is taking some design cues from MSFT.
    Don't get me wrong, I liked the Win7 Aero design a lot, and this isn't really something that's gonna make or break the sale of an OS or its attached device, but I quite like the flat design scheme as well. There's a crispness to it. I somewhat equate it to the choice between gloss black or matte black on something like a PC tower; if done right they both can look great. But, it's a pain keeping gloss clean, something you dont' have to worry about for images on a screen, so it's purely preference and makes sense that people might prefer the glossed up look there.
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    Cryio , May 1, 2013 2:10 PM
    Well then. Is it Apple's intention in making Microsoft look innovative? Because copying then would imply that. Good for Microsoft then.
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    ltj311 , May 1, 2013 4:09 PM
    Just let me delete native apps and I'll consider it the greatest iOS update ever. This is the dumbest, most insecure decision Apple has made with their portable OS. Having to use the "10th page/back door" as the only means to remove the apps is ridiculous.
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    V8VENOM , May 1, 2013 4:16 PM
    I suppose black and white will make dog do-do slow as snot mobile device graphics processing faster ... less data to push around. But I gotta wonder at what point did Apple not understand about the complete and miserable adoption of Windows 8 with sales worse than Vista? This falls inline with Fashion of the day, like baggy pants around the knees, caps worn backwards, return of 70's flare, etc. etc. ... the basic process of re-inventing the "old" as "new" rather than truly coming up with something NEW!
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    Soda-88 , May 1, 2013 5:24 PM
    Hope MS sues them.
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    jaguarskx , May 1, 2013 5:36 PM
    Probably an attempt to reduce power consumption since the graphics core does not need to work as hard to apply "special effects" like shadows and reflections. Using lower resolution textures would (or at least should) mean slightly more available storage capacity.
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    beayn , May 1, 2013 7:18 PM
    Not a fan of these boring graphics from 1996. People who say this interface style is "clean and sharp" have no sense. Why have high resolution displays, why have more processing and graphics power if you're not going to use it?
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    murzar , May 1, 2013 7:37 PM
    "Very, very flat" and without all the "gloss and shine".
    Sounds like a fashion model gravitating towards failure.
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    captaincharisma , May 1, 2013 8:53 PM
    so just like MS apple is going to degrade the graphics and eye candy of its OS. at this rate in the next few years we will be back to the look of Amiga and commodore 64 graphics
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