It’s been over six months since the last Apple event, but the long wait might have been worth it. Based on multiple reports that have circulated over the past several months, Apple has been busy working on a radically overhauled version of its iOS software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It is widely believed that iOS 7 is in store for a “very, very flat” user interface, sans any of the skeuomorphic elements — real wood in Newsstand, stitched leather in Find My Friends, and so forth — that former iOS head Scott Forstall favored.
Apple design chief Jonathan Ive is in charge of UI now, and that should be viewed as a tremendously positive thing. Ive, who was formerly tasked exclusively with hardware design, has played a pivotal role in the look and feel of the iPhone, iPad, iPod and other Apple products for more than a decade. That should translate well to the software side. (more…)