Report: Apple's iOS 7 to Have a "Flat" UI Design
April 30, 2013 1:39 PM
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Jony Ive is the man behind the OS overhaul
Apple has reportedly made some pretty big changes to
, including a "flatter" look pioneered by Jony Ive,
Apple’s head of Industrial Design and Human Interface
In the past, software and hardware design
never really crossed paths
under Apple's roof. In fact, a report in March of this year pointed out that Apple's software design team for iOS typically sat in the dark on what the industrial design team was doing, but the two have started collaborating more as of late -- allowing software designers to get an idea of what devices their iOS projects will run on, and also give industrial designers a say in what the software will look like on their hardware.
This change (under Apple CEO Tim Cook) is showing its face with the iPhone/iPad's upcoming mobile operating system, iOS 7.
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reports that Ive has had a huge role in designing iOS 7, and that the new look may shock customers who are used to past versions of iOS.
IOS 7 is expected to have a "flat" look, closely related to the look of Microsoft 8's live tiles. This is quite a break from the user interface designed under former CEO Steve Jobs, which follows a more glossy and life life look. The new OS loses all that shine and
currently lavished on users.
Apple's Jony Ive
While the design is flatter, the ease-of-use remains the same. There will be no learning curve for users, as the idea was to keep things simple (as usual).
The look won't be the only change to iOS in the upcoming version. There will also be an all-new icon set for Apple’s native apps, and tool bars, tab bars and other interface features will get a fresh design.
Apple has also been considering adding more bundled information and options panels within the OS, like Notification Center. This would allow users to quickly glance at many notifications across their system at once. It hasn't been confirmed if we'll see this in iOS 7, though.
The changes aren't expected to please all users, specifically those who are used to the lifelike design with heavy textures. However, Cook has placed all confidence in Ive's ability to create across hardware and software.
"Jony, who I think has the best taste of anyone in the world and the best design skills, now has responsibility for the human interface," said Cook in a
interview this year. "I mean, look at our products. The face of this is the software, right? And the face of this iPad is the software. So it’s saying, Jony has done a remarkable job leading our hardware design, so let’s also have Jony responsible for the software and the look and feel of the software, not the underlying architecture and so forth, but the look and feel."
Ive stepped in last year when former vice president of iOS software
Scott Forstall got the boot
due to the Apple Maps debacle.
The changes to iOS 7 are not expected to give all developers too much trouble in the future, but apps built for iOS 6 and previous could be considered outdated since they're made to match old versions of iOS.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple was pulling engineers from OS X 10.9 to finish iOS 7. At that time, it was predicted “Ive’s work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.”
Apple's mobile operating system is likely going through a huge overhaul because it's in the midst of creating entirely new gadgets, such as
the upcoming smart watch
. Reports have said that the new watch's OS will be built from the ground up rather than starting with the iPod nano's touch operating system (which has a screen about the size of a watch). Also, the iPhone/iPad's OS must be reconstructed to work with the new devices.
The watch is due out
as early as this year
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RE: Won't Be Surprised If It's a Rip-Off Of Live Tiles...
5/1/2013 3:46:11 PM
In my (limited experience) every person that actively clings to only apple is simply doing it because they spent so much money on apple's proprietary stuff, that it would cost hundreds of dollars to replace it.
Music and media are a big part from before apple allowed unlocked, drm free music (which was only due to competition from other sources). Other things like the 40$ gps app they had to buy cause the os didn't offer one to me makes no sense. They just don't want to feel like a fool and want to continue using what they paid for to get their money's worth.
The other argument I hear alot is from ease of use, but those same people come to me to figure out how to do many things on their iphone (the one that is supposed to be very easy) and many times it, it either tough to do, or just cant be done due to some locked down "Feature" that Apple gave them.
I understand some people just dont ever want any change, and cant handle new things. It will be interesting to me to see how of the idiot itards deal if Apple does make changes.
RE: Won't Be Surprised If It's a Rip-Off Of Live Tiles...
5/1/2013 4:14:32 PM
What a coincidence, I've found the same types of people using Android phones. Maybe I should use broad generalizations based on that experience.
The facts are, Apple users range from basic users to advanced users. And if you think operating an Android phone makes you smarter, you're not as smart as you think you are. It's not hard, just different...but in a disjointed kind of way. :P
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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