Report: Apple's iOS 7 redesign still in flux, major revisions likely before release


Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) redesigned iOS 7 is expected to experience dramatic revisions before it reaches consumers this fall, with insiders calling the preview version unveiled Monday a "mid-stride" snapshot, The Next Web reports.

Sources said Apple design and development teams remain hard at work on iOS 7, adding the version demonstrated at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is firmly a "work in progress." iOS 7 is still so much in flux that some of the builds demonstrated at WWDC were in fact newer than the versions seeded to developers via the iOS 7 beta.

The Next Web adds that the revamped icons and other visual cues are particularly subject to change, noting that members of Apple's marketing and communications staffs, not its iOS app design teams, created the versions presented at WWDC. Apple did not respond to request for comment.

Calling iOS 7 "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone," Apple CEO Tim Cook credited the sleek, flat aesthetic identity to Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive, who appeared in a WWDC video spotlighting the new approach. "iOS 7 has a whole new structure that is coherent and applied across the entire system," Ive said. "We see iOS 7 as defining an important new direction, and in many ways defining a new beginning."

Among the biggest changes in iOS 7 is the elimination of skeuomorphism, the longstanding iOS design aesthetic that leverages real-world images and metaphors like linen-textured gray backgrounds, wooden bookshelves and spiral-bound notebooks. Ive instead masterminded a streamlined, minimalist design spanning all facets of the platform. "We tried to create an interface that is unobtrusive and deferential," he said. "Even the simple act of changing wallpaper has a notable effect across the entire iPhone."

iOS 7 also includes redesigned icons for all core system applications, as well as a new lockscreen minus the familiar slider bar and a translucent keyboard that shows all the content behind it. In addition, the UI responds to gyroscopic movement, with the angle and lighting changing in relation to the user's motions.

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