iOS 7 Said to Be “Black, White, and Flat All Over”

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Maybe the current Music.app is a fair look into what the next version of iOS will look like after all. Sources for 9to5Mac say that iOS 7 will be “black, white, and flat all over.” More information has surfaced regarding how Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive will be treating the new version of iOS with significant changes coming to the lockscreen and overall system appearance. Read on for the highlights.

One of the first big changes that Mark Gurman notes is that the iOS lock screen will be seeing an overhaul in favor of “round, black buttons,” and a “shine-free, black interface.”

With iOS 7, Apple will drop the shiny, transparent time bar on the top of the Lock screen in exchange for a shine-free, black interface. Additionally, the square-grid for entering a pin code has been replaced with round, black buttons with white text and white borders. Additionally, sources say that notifications on the Lock screen may see improved manipulability with gestures.

New information regarding the new notification center has been surfaced as well, suggesting that Apple is likely moving away from linen backgrounds on a system-wide basis. Gurman also notes that Apple is testing dedicated panels for widgets settings toggles.

Apple’s Notification Center drop-down panel currently has a dark linen background. In iOS 7, according to people familiar with the software, this design becomes a dark grey/black color with white text.

In addition to local weather and stocks information (like as introduced in iOS 5), Apple is testing other widgets for Notification Center. Sources shared examples such as localized news feeds. Additionally, Apple is testing a dedicated, easily-accessible panel for WiFi, Airplane Mode, and Bluetooth toggles.

The home screen, however, is said to remain very similar to how we know it today. Exceptions include flatter icon redesigns and the addition of panorama wallpapers.

Also as we previously noted, most of the Apple-bundled app icons have been redesigned with flatter, less-skeuomorphic textures. Notable app icon changes for “flatness” are present for the Camera and Photos apps, while the Game Center logo loses the green felt and chess pieces.

Additionally, panorama-like wallpapers (images that pan as Home screens are swiped) are also present. This feature makes sense in light of Apple adding panorama photography capabilities to some iOS 6 devices last year. Panorama wallpapers have existed in Google’s Android OS for several years.

Other system changes include the removal of gradient textures from navigation bars and slight modifications to the iOS keyboard.

Additionally, navigation and tab bars have been redesigned to remove gradient textures. Some bars in iOS 7 are also said to include a minor blurring effect. In some apps, the Status Bar is less transparent than in iOS 6. iOS 7′s system-wide keyboard is similar the keyboard in previous versions of iOS, but the design is a lighter shade of grey and does not include shadowing.

Last of the new information noted today by 9to5Mac is that all iOS apps we know today will likely be assigned a specific color, but remain true to a simplistic white and black overall design.

For example, the Calendar app could potentially have red buttons, while Messages could have green controls. While not exactly accurate, the above concept art for a “flat” iOS 7 Calendar provides a fair representation of how the aforementioned red theme could be implemented.

9to5Mac’s sources say that the interface has been “re-architected” countless times in the last few months, meaning that any of these rumors are subject to change at any time.

[9to5Mac]

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