After Apple’s shift in management that removes Scott Forstall from the team and puts Sir Jonathan Ive in a leading and directing position for human interfaces, many have wondered what impact will this move have on software. Ive is equally known for his iconic industrial designs in all of Apple’s hardware as well as for being a strong voice against the visual representations of real-life things and textures within the software (skeuomorphs in general), according to unnamed past and present Apple employees.
According to a still employed designer at Apple who remained unnamed we can be sure the “next generation of iOS and OS X will have Jony’s industrial design aesthetic all over them”. As a consequence of applying its minimalistic and modern design principles to software, “clean edges, flat surfaces will likely replace the textures that are all over the place right now”, said above anonymous Apple designer.
However, another Apple employee unveiled that he has never seen Ive in a meeting — testifying to a strong compartmentation of departments within the company — and as such “would have to work to win credibility among Mr. Forstall’s loyalists”.
Many have criticized Apple for its dated, “boring” iOS look and feel and, regardless if we’re talking about an elite few connaisseurs or the masses, we can agree to the fact that the user interface has been pretty much unchanged over the years. A refresh would be a breath of fresh air in times where Android and its widgets, together with Windows Phone and its Live Tile dominated UX, offer a user experience alternative.