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Rumor: Apple’s New iOS To Be “Black, White, And Flat All Over”

Submitted by on May 26, 2013 – 7:05 pmNo Comment

9To5Mac is reporting that Apple’s head of design, Sir Jony Ive, is working on a drastically simplified software look. The new interface will reportedly change iOS’s intricately textured and three-dimensional appearance into something that is “black, white, and flat all over.”

In software design meetings with Apple’s iOS designers, accompanied by Apple’s Human Interface vice president Greg Christie, Ive has shared his reasoning behind his distaste for the texture-heavy (skeuomorphic) interfaces heralded by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and former iOS chief Scott Forstall.

Ive stated that software designs filled with physical metaphors do not stand the test of time, according to a person familiar with the design meetings.

As the article notes, “skeuomorphic” refers to a design that tries to imitate another material or object. Several iPhone apps represent this, like the legal pad image for Notes, the green felt and wood (like a pool table) for the Game Center, and the wooden shelves of the Newsstand.

Ive is famous for crafting the sleek and minimalist appearance of Apple hardware, but has not usually worked on software.

If the rumors are true, this big change could keep Apple ahead of the curve in a design world where it really has little competition. This week, Brooke Crothers at CNET leveled the accusation that PC makers aren’t fielding products with any design appeal.

What do you think? Would you like the changes to iOS?

[via Mashable]

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