The first clandestine images of the next version of Apple’s operating system have leaked online. And appear to confirm rumours that iOS 7 will feature a ‘flatter’ design and ditch cutesy touches for a more sober look and feel.
Sourced by Apple blogger Sonny Dickson and cleaned up for wider public consumption by iDownloadBlog, a blurrycam snap appears to confirm that the 3D look favoured by Apple for some apps is now a thing of the past.
This tallies with rumours that Ive’s aversion to skeuomorphism meant that icons that emulate the properties and look of real-world objects won’t be a feature of iOS for too much longer.
Whether that’ll mean that the notebook-look of the Notes app will also be ditched isn’t certain. But we’d like to say that we sure hope so.
Apple has also apparently removed the gloss effect that also appeared on certain proprietary applications, the image suggests.
The overall effect of the changes is to present a more unified platform. One that bears out Ive’s intention to cleave closely to a minimalist software design that matches the approach he’s been applying to Apple hardware all this time.
What it’s very definitely not, though, is the radical rethink that some tech-watchers are calling for. For now it seems, live tiles a la Windows Phone and Samsung Nature UX-style features such as tilt to scroll will probably have to wait.
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