There have been many conflicting stories regarding the next version of iOS and its design, first we got told that changes would be conservative, then we were told that the changes would be significant.
9to5Mac is now reporting that iOS 7 will be released at WWDC 2013 and will indeed have some significant changes. The site says that “multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on iOS… claim the interface will be very, very flat”. They then go on to say that the new version of iOS takes after the “Metro” design language that is found in the latest iterations of Windows Phone and Windows 8.
Jony Ive, who is the head of the iOS design team is a strong believer in minimalistic designs, which is quite evident in his other products for Apple – The iPhone, iPod and iPad. The new design will align the ‘entire system’ which suggests that all the core apps in the operating system will get a redesign, as well as newly designed tool bars, tab bars and other interface features across the system.
iOS will still keep its easy-to-use status, however, with 9to5Mac saying that there is “no new learning curve” to iOS 7 and that all the core apps will remain the same.
Apple may also be looking into widgets for iOS 7 – according to the report, the company is looking to implement more ‘glance-able information’.