By Stephen Schenck | June 3, 2013 5:26 PM
As far as Apple’s mobile lineup is concerned, the announcement of iOS 7 is likely to be the big news at next week’s WWDC. Rumors have attempted to describe just what we can expect to change, and by far the Jonathan-Ive-led effort to rehash the platform’s look sounds like it will have the greatest impact. We’ve talked about how that could lead to new looks for certain apps, and how it might play up colors to differentiate between them, while at the same time helping to unify the iOS design language. One change in particular we mentioned was the possibility for some new icons for system apps. Today we may just get our first look at those, thanks to a leaked pic.
Before you start shouting “fake,” keep in mind that the image above pretty clearly isn’t of an iPhone running the new software – rather, instead it looks to be an iPhone displaying a picture of an iPhone running iOS 7 – one step removed.
The blurrycam action doesn’t help any, but sure enough – these icons are not what we’re used to. The changes are subtle, but notice how backgrounds are less “busy,” replaced with simple gradients or solid hues.
There’s also some evidence of standardizing design elements – check out how the note for Music now matches the white-on-color look of iTunes and the App Store.
Reportedly, this is from an earlier build of iOS 7, so what we end up getting could still be noticeably different.