According to sources from 9to5Mac, iOS 7 is in for a major UI overhaul courtesy of the man himself, Jony Ive. While it may prove to be irritating for existing customers, the new “flat” UI apart of Apple’s next major iOS iteration will be attractive to those new to the platform.
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.
In addition to a more simple, flat interface, Apple is said to be focusing on creating an “at-a-glance” panels for system options and other information, much like Notification Center which was added in iOS 5.
Furthermore, as Gurman notes, Apple has been constantly hinting at the forthcoming changes apart of iOS. Not only did iOS 6 introduce a new, more modern interface for Music.app, but Apple also recently updated its Podcasts app to remove all Skeuomorphism.
Finally, there has been much speculation regarding the WWDC logo and how it will be resembled by the event’s announcements. While it’s quite obvious that it has thin tet and vibrant colors, sources for 9to5Mac corroborate these assumptions by saying that “Apple’s Game Center icon and interface materials will be somewhat akin to the colorful nature of the WWDC 2013 logo.”
To push the hints even further, Gurman notes that Apple’s front page advertisements do a great job of highlighting applications that have simple, flat, and clean interfaces such as Letterpress. Is this a sign of things to come? June is only one month away.