iOS 7 said to feature redesigned, “very flat” user interface

By , Apr 29, 2013

ios 7 lock screen concept

Ever since Apple’s SVP of iOS Software Scott Forstall was ousted last fall, and hardware designer Jony Ive was put in charge of the human interface team, pundits and fanatics alike have wondered what future versions of the platform would look like.

We may find out soon enough. According to a new report, which cites “multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on iOS 7″, this year’s software update is going to be a fairly significant one, bringing a redesigned interface, and more…

9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, whose track record with Apple intel is nearly flawless in recent years, reports:

“The new interface is said to be “very, very flat,” according to one source. Another person said that the interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeumorphism seen across current and past versions of iOS. Another source framed the new OS as having a level of “flatness” approaching recent releases of Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Metro” UI.”

Gurman goes on to describe the new operating system, reportedly codenamed “Innsbruck,” saying it will bring all new icons for Apple’s native applications, as well redesigned tool bars, tab bars, and other fundamental interface features across the board.

Concept of what iOS could look like without skeuomorphism by Rafael Justino

The description jibes well with a report from The Wall Street Journal last month that claimed Jony Ive has been pushing for a “flatter” interface in iOS 7. Ive is said to be sitting in on review sessions with Apple’s human interface design team to vet new designs.

Of course, this doesn’t sound like the major overhaul we heard about earlier this month, where iOS 7 was said to be running behind due to significant changes. But Gurman says that Apple is also looking at new ways to provide information at a glance.

“In addition to losing the complex interface design characteristics from earlier versions of iOS, Apple has been discussing and testing ways to add more ‘glance-able’ information and system options panels, like Notification Center, to the software.

While it is still uncertain if Apple will end up including such new functionality in iOS 7, or how the Company will implement the potential addition, one of the early ideas was to implement the new panels via swipes from the left and right side of an iOS device’s display. This would be similar to the gesture on Apple’s Mac trackpads for accessing Notification Center in Mountain Lion, but what, specifically, the iOS gesture could access is uncertain.”

Whatever Apple has planned for iOS 7, it certainly has its work cut out for them. With more than 500 million users to appease, some of whom have been calling for major changes for years, and growing competition from Samsung and Google, it needs to impress.

We’re expecting to get a glimpse at Apple’s new operating system in a little over a month, at its World Wide Developers Conference. The company officially announced last week that the conference will run from June 10-14, and tickets sold out within minutes.

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  • Bob

    Apple has pretty much the same look for 6 years and suddenly drastically changes the UI, seems legit. (I don’t think sarcasm works over the internet, so I’m going to let you know, yes I am being sarcastic)

    • pauleebe

      If it stayed the same, you’d complain. But if it changes, you complain?

      • Bob

        I’m all for change. But not that kind of change. iOS is going through evolution, a little slower than expected, but these things take time. The ape didn’t just evolve into a human overnight. Would you really want iOS to be like Android? And just overall not have that polished feel. Think of it this way, would you rather have 10 pairs of nasty unpolished ripped shoes or one pair of amazing, pure leather, well designed shoes? That’s how I would compare Android and iOS, if you want change, move to Android.

      • http://twitter.com/Stickhandling_ Stick

        What if they’ve been planning the UI change for a while? Maybe they’ve had the design in the works for a couple of IOS’s… and they’ve held out. You never know…

      • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

        I was gonna suggest the same, it’s easy to speculate, but no one actually knows anything for a fact. Android is not change, android is attempting to take another route to the same destination. Obviously, apple’s route has not been wrong because despite people wanting change, their customers have given them a 95% loyalty rate.. Android can’t boast the same or close..

      • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

        Well there is apparently a killer new feature… Lets hope it lives up to expectations.

      • yahmed

        BTW The killer feature in the iphone 5S is the fingerprint sensor

      • xXKa0sRa1nsXx

        btw stfu with the rumors that dont exist already.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Everything about the iPhone 5 was rumored before launch, therefore, I believe while not all rumors will turn out to be true, some of them must do.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        I agree partly. I want change, but not drastic change. iOS can’t stay the same forever. It would become stale. (Which I believe it is)

      • javierE186

        Actually apes didn’t evolve into humans, that was proven incorrect

      • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

        I guess your grandparents are apes, while mine are human.

      • iRaj

        Apple Never gives shit like andriod…

    • Chuck Norris

      *roundhouses*

    • http://www.facebook.com/josh.hazard.733 Josh Hazard

      They also had the same guy as lead designer/manager of iOS for the past 6 years, and this year they have a new one in Jonathan Ive. There should be more UI changes than ever before with iOS, that’s one of the reasons we haven’t heard anything official about iOS 7 yet.

  • abbyruleover

    Please give us a stock winterboard. Some customization possibilities at least!

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Not gonna happen.. jb is the only way…. :/

      • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

        how do you know, i’m sure you don’t work for them..

      • Markus Hudobnik

        It wont

      • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

        actually, i don’t care for the theming.. i use wallpapers.. at most i MAY use a live wallpaper here and there, but i don’t need a winterboard like theming so i care less about that. And though i doubt they will do that, i’m sure they’ll try to make up for it in other fashions.

      • xXKa0sRa1nsXx

        like how? taking the notification idea from android a few years late, then dubbing it “Notification Center” like they created it out of no where and its never been seen? Oh did i mention it still lacks the customization of Android unless you jailbreak…. which voids warranties..?

      • http://www.facebook.com/SpideyRules Scott Curry

        Please educate us on how jb’ing voids the device’s warranty, since all you have to do is a full restore to factory default and all traces of a jailbreak are gone. (Since Bob had to point out his sarcasm, I will as well, because I’m laying it on THICK here.)

      • xXKa0sRa1nsXx

        what are you five?

      • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

        What are you, an idiot? This article has nothing to do with android, yet here you come a Android preaching here where no one gives a crap what you have to say about a fleet of crappy phones. Notice the down vote on your last idiotic comment to me? That wasn’t me, which says i’m not the only one who sees you being an idiot. If you have nothing worth mentioning in the convo, write it down and save it for another idiotic argument you start. You know nothing about jailbreaking and warranties and yet you opened your mouth and FAILED miserably.

    • Markus Hudobnik

      NO! Ugly themes will ruin iOS if this happens. 90% of the themes in Cydia are ugly. I do NOT want these on anyone’s iDevice! Go to android for that (or just jailbreak, lol)!

      • Jaye

        Amen ^

      • Markus Hudobnik

        I’m glad someone agrees with me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649839720 Raul Henriquez

        I agree themes are so ugly even ayecon is ugly

      • Prasoon Singh

        Ayecon is the only theme that I use on my iPad. It’s probably the best theme out there for the iPad right now.

      • weztimonial

        Ayecon is the only theme i use and one of the best. Several others are great too but not as complete as Ayecon. Like Jaku or Newport

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649839720 Raul Henriquez

        I find the icons to be hideous specifically the phone app and the music app. And many others but that’s just me.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        I don’t use ayecon because of the phone app. It is SO UGLY.

      • http://twitter.com/martinbusek Martin Busek

        I agree, but would change the 90% to 99% of themes in cydia are ugly and useless…

      • Markus Hudobnik

        Haha yes!

      • RyanFoley

        The thing is, the themes, while aweful, are optional. All of iOS is not ruined just because some people use themes. There are THOUSANDS of aweful apps on the App Store, but that doesn’t ruin iOS

      • Markus Hudobnik

        It would be ruined. iOS would not be iOS anymore because thousands of people would opt for theming their iDevice with a theme that doesn’t represent apple. But that is just me! and bad apps are just in the bad app itself, they don’t ruin the overall iOS experience. Apple loves giving its customers a unique and beautiful experience and giving the option to theme demolishes that.

      • Kurt

        “unique and beautiful experience” what is unique about a grid of icons? Nothing, I’ve seen that with windows 95

      • lmao

        Even Windows 3.1 had them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558812483 Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        I like Ayecon though. I think is pretty decent

      • Markus Hudobnik

        I don’t care for Ayecon, but i know many people love it. I am talking about the other 90% of the themes

      • Kurt

        Ayecon is beautiful. iLLumine was awesome too back in the 3.0 days

      • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.miller.370 Jordan Miller

        I agree. Except glasklart is BEAUTIFUL. I have had it on everyone of my iDevices when it started coming out :D

      • Markus Hudobnik

        Yeah glasklart, ayecon, flat icons, etc. fall within the 10%

      • xXKa0sRa1nsXx

        someone ported Glasklart to android and i’m so happy it’s on android now. I missed having Glasklart on my old iPod Touch 2G and my iPhone 4, and i was happy to finally see a beautiful theme cross-platform.

      • Kurt

        Yes “ugly” theme will, but beautiful themes will make iOS better. Learn to ignore the “90%” of the ugly themes. Change is good. Think different. iOS needs to get rid of the spring board. no more icons.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        I love change. I’d just rather have the entire iOS change than just add an option for themes

      • xXKa0sRa1nsXx

        or just don’t download them..? just because you think it’s ugly doesn’t mean others will.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        No, because then iOS will have that reputation and besides, Apple will NEVER do this.

    • iospixel

      Something akin to Emphasise would be pretty cool. Like windows defualt personalisation really.

    • xXKa0sRa1nsXx

      then go buy an android phone, because we all already know that won’t happen.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SpideyRules Scott Curry

        Troll much? You replied to about 5 different comments here, just to disagree with the poster… O.o

  • Pusheen

    This time Apple is not the one who set the modes. Apple just followed google and windows flat style..

    • seyss

      they didnt do anything yet and you are judging them

      • http://www.facebook.com/Panks30 Pankaj Pahuja

        Exactly

      • xXKa0sRa1nsXx

        If this rumor is legit, He’s right. the “13″ dislikes are probably fan-boys who don’t know what to say, but you are correct. Nothing is certain until the day it’s released when it comes to Apple. But a flat themed OS similar to Google’s Android seems to be where software design is headed. Even iOS now hints to that.

  • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

    I hope iOS 7 will not give only a tint status bar for safari

    • xXKa0sRa1nsXx

      iOS 7 doesn’t even exist yet, so how would you know what it does and doesn’t have? rumors… -_-

      • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

        I just said I hope ….I didnt say what it does

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    I think we should see iOS 7 first before we judge. Jony Ive must’ve had a reason to change the way iOS looks and feels (And I think he’ll tell his reasons, or perhaps hint at WWDC)

    • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

      For that we would require a transparent screen..

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    I want it to look ‘Minority Report’ style with a little Tron Legacy thrown in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ClintonWeir Clinton Weir

    some of whom…

  • http://twitter.com/keyanfayaz Keyan Fayaz

    It’s time apple officially takes OVER

    • lmao

      Takes over what? Seems to me Microsoft has already taken over the flat UI market – which failed miserably I might add.

  • Ian

    Well woo hoo for that..

  • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

    I expect something different this time. Why? Because Jonny Ive is overseeing the changes . You can guarantee we won’t see a maps fiasco this time around.

    • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

      The Maps fiasco is trite already, what did you expect from Apple building a mapping system from the ground up. We basically took on a beta as a retail release. It was a time period of change and now Apple’s getting things in gear. I’m preparing for big changes and great things coming from them, myself personally.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    I love the flat look. HATE the glossy icons and glossy everything

    • lmao

      Flat is boring.. If they do go with a flat UI, I do hope they have theming options for those that crave something more interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001066896936 Sean Sears

    All I ask is that it doesn’t drain any more battery than what it already does! Any other change would be a great improvement.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Jony Ive for CEO! Tim cook bact to COO! Cause thats what he’s good at numbers first. Unlike steve J and jony ive pure perfectionist when it comes to the look and feel of a product. Trust in Sir Jony

    • Gorgonphone

      jonny ive is not a damn UI designer… thats why everything will be flat and stale like the underside of a mac book pro..loloollolo

      • n0ahcruz3

        The point is they need UI redesign or else samsung will eat their lunch which has already begun! Lol

    • inf3rn0

      Are you insane???? I have nothing against Ive, but that’s like asking a artist to run one of the world’s most valuable companies. And are you seriously calling Jobs not a perfectionist? Have you even read his bio, or are you just listening to the media? People like you sicken me.

      • n0ahcruz3

        What do u call steve jobs then? Please enligthen me

      • inf3rn0

        He was a visionary for our world, and a perfectionist. Though it is true that he is not always the sole inventor/creator of an idea or product, it is always him who is the main inspiration. When he was still at Apple, he pushed engineers to their max to output A+ work, never lower.

        He also strived for nothing less than perfect. A great example was the original iPhone. It was almost ready for shipping, before he decided that it just wasn’t good enough. It was then built from scratch, one more time.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I guess u didnt really understand what i wrote, i was comparing tim cook to steve jobs and jony ive. Steve jobs as i said was a perfectionist and tim cook is not.

  • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

    They need to start ios7 from the ground man and change everthing!

    • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

      I don’t agree, I don’t wanna lose the familiarity of iOS .. I just wanna change the experience with it.. Its simplicity made the iphone what it is.. I wanna feel like i’m using the iOS i know and love but with a few new twists to it and that’s enough for me.

    • Kurt

      Get rid of the springboard, no more icons! at least put them away in a draw.

  • Gorgonphone

    Uhhh Ohhhh hmmm “FLAT” that sounds like boring stale stagnant and un impressive…lol if they do that then i will no longer be able to defend them against attacks form androids fan boys… if apple actually is able to make IOS more boring than it is now i will be amazed

  • Gorgonphone

    so they are gonna make it look more like crappy android ohhh noooo..

    • lmao

      Android is not “Flat”, and is actually quite decent in UI presentation. Ive knows what he is doing, and I am sure it’s going to be stunning, regardless what term they use for the new look. This massive change cannot go without clear direction and attention to detail, as this is the first UI update since it’s initial release.

  • http://twitter.com/iamedeee Edwin Koh

    I just want to change fonts. That’s all I require. Helvetica font is so boring already! :(

  • TeddyBearStand

    I’m excited.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    I’m hoping for great things.Game changers.

  • Prasoon Singh

    We only have about a month left. So let’s see what happens. Maybe we’ll get leaks a week prior to the event.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ClintonWeir Clinton Weir

    Fair enough, you can say it’s picky, but I don’t like using object pronouns to refer to people. They’re people, not objects. I wouldn’t have cared or probably even noticed if he’d said “some of who”.

  • Gorgonphone

    As long as samsung relies in android they cant win

    • Gorgonphone

      its true,,, samsung should have made their own os years ago.. its too late now..

  • O. Bakerman

    Voice Memo & Clock look nice but is NOT “without skeuomorphism”

  • Jiří Málek

    “The new interface is said to be “very, very flat,” according to one source. Another person said that the interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeumorphism seen across current and past versions of iOS.”

    As I noticed before, if you check in AppStore App of the Week, design is slightly changed to be more “flatten”. Maybe they mean this?

  • http://twitter.com/BratuTony micro

    It would be great if they would make changes without removing the glossy look. :D

  • lmao

    If they do it in a flat style, I sure hope they implement it better than Microsoft’s attempt with Windows 8 (WinRT).

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I love skeumorphism . :( …If iOS 7 do not offer features other that the UI overhaul, I may not update my devices altogether.

  • AltF5

    I hope Apple watches and learns from this concept video.
    The good news is, with all these changes, more bugs (exploitable I hope) will be introduced. So if Apple is feeling ambitious and patches any kernel exploits that the evasi0n team have in their pockets, then perhaps there is a usermode level bug introduced, for them to take advantage of.

  • zerty

    LOL there was a time Apple was leading innovation and design, copied by all other firm. Now it’s quite the opposite…
    It’s stupid because glossy themes will be again appreciated when people will get bored of all that flatness.