ios7-flat-uiThere is no doubt that iOS is in desperate need of upgrading. It has been around too long in it’s current state. Android and more specifically Windows Phone have a much more intuitive and modern look. Apple even borrowed some of Androids notification goodness in iOS 5. Now it seems that Apple may borrow some of Microsoft’s Metro UI flava for it’s own in the upcoming release of iOS 7. 9to5Mac is stating that multiple sources are claiming the new interface and general design will be “very, very flat”. While other sources are stating that the new design "loses all signs of gloss, shine and skeumorphism"

Jony Ive, who is now in charge of the iOS design team is said to favor the Metro minimalistic style and bring elements of that UI into Apple’s new UI that should be previewed at the WWDC 2013. Macrumors has a pretty cool mockup of the new UI and I can already tell you I am not a fan. What makes the “flat” style work on Windows Phones is that it is now tunable to your own desire by being able to make the truly live tiles bigger or smaller and move them around at will.

If these formerly called icons could be more like Android widgets and have the scalability of Windows Phone I think it would be more of a hit. It is also being stated that the "new panels [that] swipe from the left and right side of an iOS device’s display."

So it could very well possibly be that iOS 7 falls flat in a good way, but Apple better have something more up it’s sleeve than the mocked up image or it could find it’s not so shiny new UI falling flat in a bad way.

4 COMMENTS

  1. By falling flat, except for at the end, you mean remain two dimensional or be underwhelming? Metro is minimalist? What’s skeuomorphism? Given that it ain’t broke, don’t you think it’s a bit risky for Apple to shake up the iOS look? People are often turned off by change.

    Misspelled its twice… I know it’s tricky but you really ought to try to hit the books and study up on its versus it’s. It’s worth knowing these days. Just get it over with so we don’t have to keep discussing it.

  2. “If these formerly called icons could be more like Android widgets and have the scalability of Windows Phone I think it would be more of a hit. It is also being stated that the “new panels [that] swipe from the left and right side of an iOS device’s display.”

    I have a better idea… come up with your own shit. Look at what the others are doing only so you can differentiate yourself not so you can get design ideas.

  3. Who is going to release Modern UI phone next and then next? Appletologists (one of my friend on ZDNet coined that term) would come and say it was originally from Apple, and Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer broke into Apple and stole the concept. :). And “CopyBots” will copy it without any understanding of underlying of course. Look at Simmons comment and you will understand how a typical CopyBot will react. ;-)

  4. I am sure Microsoft would be interested in licensing their WP OS to Apple. Think of it, fruity tiles for the fruit company.

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