Rumor Mill: Apple's revamped iOS 7 bringing unified black-and-white UI design


Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) forthcoming iOS 7 mobile operating system overhaul will abandon the mismatched, texture-heavy design of previous versions in favor of a more unified user interface that is "black, white and flat all over," sources told 9to5Mac.

Corroborating previous reports indicating that Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive will scrap skeuomorphism--the longstanding iOS design aesthetic that leverages real-world images and metaphors like linen-textured gray backgrounds, wooden bookshelves and spiral-bound notebooks--9to5Mac states iOS 7 will introduce a streamlined, minimalist design spanning all facets of the platform. A source said Ive told colleagues that he feels software designs mimicking physical objects do not stand the test of time; moreover, he believes that the differing designs of preloaded iOS applications may confuse consumers.

As a result, iOS 7 will revamp all stock apps, with major redesigns on tap for the App Store, Newsstand, Game Center, Safari, Weather and Camera icons. The overhaul will also dump the Notification Center's familiar linen background, replacing it with a dark grey color scheme overlaid with white text, and it will eliminate the glossy, reflective "slide to unlock" lockscreen bar of previous versions, introducing a more muted, black interface, complete with a revamped numerical entry pad.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Apple has confirmed it will unveil iOS 7 during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, kicking off in San Francisco on June 10. "Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we're excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a press release. "We can't wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC."

Insiders have said the company is scrambling to finalize iOS 7 in time for WWDC: "iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from [Mac] OS X 10.9 to work on it," longtime Silicon Valley insider John Gruber recently stated on his Daring Fireball blog. Gruber noted Apple has previously shifted engineering resources in order to meet deadlines: In 2007, the company delayed the release of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard by four months in order to ship the first iPhone on time.

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