Jony Ive’s complete design overhaul for Apple’s next mobile operating system could see iOS 7 launch in black and white with the realistic textures stripped back.
According to sources close to Apple, iOS 7 will be “black, white and flat all over”, with all the heavy textures dropped and monochrome UI features added.
Ive has already aired his dislike of the current skeuomorphic app designs introduced by Steve Jobs and former iOS chief Scott Forstall. In software design meetings with iOS developers, Ive has said he believes such texture-heavy designs don’t have long lasting user appeal.
So, he is rumoured to be abandoning the current iOS structure that users are familiar with in favour of a more clean and seamless design that keeps the iOS simplicity.
The following is the brief outline Ive is supposedly bringing to iOS 7:
iOS 7 Lock Screen
Ive is said to be dropping the transparent unlock bar, replacing it with a matt black interface. The pin code buttons will also be transformed into round black buttons with white borders and text.
The sources also suggest that it will be compatible with multi-touch gestures that will allow acces to different features.
iOS 7 Notifications
Gone will be the linen-esque texture of the notifications menu, instead featuring a dark grey or black background with white text.
iOS 7 could also introduce a great variety of widgets, building upon the weather and stocks information introduced in iOS 5, as well as a quick-access panel for Airplane Mode, Bluetooth and other functions like Android.
iOS 7 Home Screen
The majority of the iOS 7 app logos will be redesigned to lose their skeuomorphic designs, especially the Camera, Photos and Game Centre apps.
Sources suggest iOS 7 could introduce panorama wallpapers that scroll with the swiped home screens.
Next, read what iOS 7 features Apple needs to catch Android.