Skeuomorphism is something that users have come to expect in apps for iPhone, iPad and even the Mac these days. It’s easily recognisable, and Apple has mainly been responsible for bringing simulacra back to user interface design in the past few years with iOS, and then extending that to the desktop with OS X Mountain Lion. Let’s start by clearing up some confusion and common mistakes about some recent terminology that’s being thrown around.
Christopher Downer over at Real Mac Software has written an excellent post outlining what skeuomorphism is and what it isn’t. The article excellently explains where skeuomorphism exists in Apple products, as well as the benefits and downsides to this prominent design language.