Rumor is, iOS 7 is getting a noteworthy design overhaul. And 9to5 Mac says it’s going to look “very, very flat”.

[T]he interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeuomorphism 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.

When I think of some of the apps on my iPhone that have a “flat” design feel to them — apps without gloss, shine, or heavy skeuomorphism — I think of Twitterrific, Letterpress, and Day One. I consider these to be some of the most well-designed apps on the iPhone. If that’s the direction iOS 7 is going then I welcome the change.

A more “flat” design aesthetic doesn’t mean having to give up playfulness, whimsy, and personality.

April 29, 2013