Today’s a leaks day, folks. First we learned that Apple will be kicking off the upcoming WWDC with a 10am PT keynote come June 11, then a cool-looking aluminum backplate surfaced to reveal a couple nuggets concerning a sixth-generation iPhone and now a set of photos from “a trusted source” (aren’t they always?) show off the exciting new 3D mapping functionality of the re-worked Maps app in iOS 6.

Oh, and Apple also launched the official WWDC 2012 app. Taking it all in, we can now conclude with a reasonably high degree of probability that folks in Cupertino are ready to ditch the familiar blue theme in iOS and supplant it with a fresh new sexy silver look.

How’s that? Read on…

The first hint came via Boy Genius Report which published leaked photos of the enhanced Maps app in iOS 6.

The program reportedly rocks a brand new three-dimensional view, with editor Jonathan Geller observing in his article (emphasis mine):

BGR has obtained exclusive information and photos of parts of Apple’s new Maps app from a trusted source, and the app features a refreshed user interface including a brand new navigation bar.

This bar, we’re told, is silver instead of blue.

And if that wasn’t enough, Geller speculated that “since the current Maps app follows the standard blue iOS color scheme, we think it’s possible Apple might shift toward a silver color theme in iOS 6 like on the iPad”.

We originally dismissed Geller’s thinking as convenient speculation until Killian Bell, writing for Cult of Mac, pointed out a similar change in Apple’s official WWDC 2012 app.

If a picture speaks more than a thousand words, this one speaks for itself.

Killian noted:

Unlike last year’s app — which featured a black bar along the bottom and a blue bar along the top, like traditional iPhone apps — this one sports silver bars and buttons both top and bottom.

It’s also worth pointing out that Apple’s been transitioning its iLife suite on the Mac toward the silver appearance, iPhoto being the perfect example.

Plus, a number of stock iPad apps sported silver appearance from day one, including Maps and YouTube, for example.

If you ask me, the new look – apart from being fresh and novel – is a lot easier on the eyes and more elegant.

It just looks right.

Proof #3.

Image via 9to5Mac

That is a supposed backplate of a sixth-generation iPhone in both black and white, apparently an early production component. As you can see, it’s aluminum-clad back tells us the next iPhone could revert to a tad industrial look akin to the original model.

This just makes a whole lot of sense to me.

When you take a look at your iMac and examine both its exterior and what’s on the screen, it just all falls into place appearance-wise.

The shiny, stunning look and feel of its aluminum chassis is seamlessly reinforced with a grayish theme of OS X Lion.

Everything’s kinda fusing smoothly into this aesthetically uniform and pleasing experience: the hardware, the software and the industrial design.

Who’s to say Apple isn’t about to re-imagine the iOS software and mobile devices along the same lines?

If this silver user interface appearance is really in the cards, here’s to hoping they will consistently apply it system-wide because Apple’s not terribly known for consistency with these things.

So, would you prefer your next iPhone to have an all-metal backplate augmented with brand new silver theme in iOS 6?

  • Kok Hean

    And then a tweak like Blackout will change everything back to blue and black again 😛

  • lookin’ goood.

  • True post, awesome!

  • Please no.

  • Metroview

    “Plus, a number of stock iPad apps came with a silver theme from day one, including Maps and ***YouTube***, for example.”

    I’m SOOO hoping that they update that ancient ass YouTube app. It’s so bad that I hide it with Springtomize and use ProTube instead.

    • Kok Hean

      Get YourTube 3, it makes it better. Don’t bother buying it though. They hardly update the tweak, sells a different version for every iOS release, and the one that works on iOS 5 is in beta for such a long time, it can’t even be purchased. That’s why I didn’t purchase it, because I can’t.

      • Metroview

        Dude I stopped using YourTube once I saw how long they take with their updates and the importing of videos were broken after each update. Same with their Celeste Bluetooth tweak.

        I HIGHLY recommend you buy ProTube as it is so much better than YourTube and AirBlue Sharing for Bluetooth.

      • Kok Hean

        The only reason why I prefer YourTube even though ProTube is better is because of the app integration – I can download all of my subscriptions quickly from the native YouTube applications. ProTube uses the web app UI.

        On the other hand, I purchased AirBlue Sharing a few days ago and it works flawlessly. The developer also responds to emails, unlike the developers of Celeste (I saw the reviews online).

      • I agree with you. I’ve bought AirBlue Sharing and it’s the best experience I’ve ever have. Celeste is not even compatible with iOS!!

      • Ronald Weaver

        I got ass raped by Celeste developers too! I paid allot of money for a app that I really liked but they couldn’t hang with apples updates : (

    • Anonymous

      I agree the youtube app is in desperate need of a update

      • Anonymous

        Actually, Google wants ppl to use the mobile site and not the app. I think the “API is old” or something like that. Google updates their APIs too much.

  • I don’t like this theme…looks just stupid to me.

  • Juan Jose Rada

    Why is it two tone? That would drive me nuts! It would be better with just a flat aluminum plate along the entire backing

    • “Early production models”

      I HIGHLY doubt they would keep it that way…

      • David Villamizar

        isn’t early production stage over already?
        if it isn’t i think they’re not gonna make it for the WWDC, neither for october

      • ACSP UALG

        Of course the iPhone won’t be presented at WWDC

      • David Villamizar

        @ACSP why so sure?

      • Umm it has to go through a process, doesn’t just magically pop up all finished

  • yeah so legitimate Luv new iPhone 😀 <3

  • inverted colors…wow!!! so cool!!!!

  • Anonymous

    i dont like it

  • i really dislike how the back is 2 differnt colours and hope this isnt a legit picture

  • jose castro

    its so ugly………….

    • 3 words “read the article”

      • jose castro

        2 words Fvck off… plus alot of people agree……. read the comments………and thank you neil for the typo.

      • Another 3 worlds “learn to spell”

    • Also, should be “It’s”

  • I hope the screen is that big !

  • Anonymous

    it looks horrible and anaemic, Apple should implement some functionality for us to choose our own colour theme, even if it’s limited to an RGB slider arrangement like windows media player, winamp, etc.

  • I always liked black interfaces on black phones. It gives a sense of continuity between the phone and the screen. It makes the screen look larger without needing to actually make it larger.

  • dont forget about the i P H O N E font and spacing on the back of that “iphone 5 backplate”. Looks fishy to me, compared to my 4S no way apple would make it look like that.

  • And now wait 3 hours until a Winterboard theme 😀

  • Anonymous

    It would be great to be able to choose between a dark and a light theme on the future. Everyone would be happy with this, iOS would match your iDevice colour and theming with jailbreak would become much easier.

  • blecchhh. i hate it.

  • Anonymous


  • Not sure I dig the look of the hardware or software.

  • Anonymous

    Not feeling the silver look at all but I’m sure a tweak will set everything right again so I don’t mind. I hope those back plates aren’t the actual ones cause those things are ugly

  • Love it!! The matte look is what i want from the UI. i hate the gloss look. I think apple should hire Adrea Fedi to redesign the UI elements.

  • I like the new “silver” theme of this 🙂 small changes like this makes your iPhone feel a little bit “fresh” or “new”, but anyway, if Apple chooses this, than we have no choice than accepting it -.-‘ And that’s where jailbreak comes in 😀

    • Anonymous

      Jailbreak to the Rescue!

  • I like it. I hope they get rid of the fugly white on the top and bottom of the back plate, and make it all solid aluminum. As for iOS 6, I like the silver look, it works. I just hope they do something different with the home screen and icons, I’m sure they will include the option to have 6 rows of icons since the phone is more elongated, but more importantly introduce widgets, now that we have all that extra room for stuff on the home screen, I think widgets are long overdue on an iPhone.

  • Daniel

    That is gross and disgusting

  • it clearly says “early production part” wasn’t finished so don’t expect it to look like that, no apple shine yet

  • Ah yes, silver, the other name for gray. That looks shit, the sme as the back plate for the new iPhone.

  • seriously… most of us have the option to change the color to anything we want… and even any image we want… which apple should have let us do from the beginning. thank god for jb customizing

  • Maybe this new backplate could be a new control surface? or a connector to charge the iphone? Just throwing some ideas!

  • Maybe this new backplate could be a new control surface? or a connector to charge the iphone? Just throwing some ideas!

  • yeah…i’m not really feeling this “sexy new silver look” it looks too plain, like they were too lazy and couldn’t or wouldn’t come up with a different better look

  • Seems it will look like every other iPhone ever made. Apple’s getting boring. I want to stick with iOS, but I’m hating the same-ish look year in, year out. Apple needs to re-imagine the iPhone hardware instead of just tweaking the design. It’s about bloody time.

  • Yeah, changes to UI design don’t really captivate me. I don’t use Winterboard (because themes are just too insane and I had bad experiences on my 3G), but design is one of the least interesting adjustments because we don’t have to keep them as jailbreakers.

  • looks like they are moving the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone like the ipod touch. this is where it should have been all along. i really dont like the current set up where the wire goes up and then falls down. it should just go down so its out of the way. other than that, i hope this isn’t it. i want a glass back so it wont get scratched up. i don’t like cases on a beautiful phone. cases are for ugly devices. (i’m careful and never drop my phone so i have no scratches or anything else on my phone)

  • i dont like’s so ugly 🙁

  • Looks similar to the back of the HTC one

  • very nice the design of iphone mmmmmm…. not bad

  • Mind blowing can’t wait for it. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I bet a jailbreak themer will make this into a theme 😛
    The community has been quite alive recently!

  • Bleh…really getting sick of this pervasive monochrome fetish that’s been spreading since iTunes 10 came out…

  • Both this and the supposed new back look like garbage. Please stop coming up with reasons for me NOT to buy the iPhone 5 :[

  • there should me more color option….plus there should be multi color as well.