What’s Changing in iOS 7? Comparisons Made to Metro UI

It’s sounding likely that this year’s WWDC could bring news, not of any number of new iPhone or iPad designs, but of iOS 7. With Jonathan Ive leading the charge for what’s been called a new “flat design,” this could really be quite the shake-up for the platform. As we wait for confirmation of the release, some new rumors and comments continue to paint the picture of some major changes for the platform.

This talk of a “flat” look has centered on doing away with some of the cutesy skeuomorphisms that pervade the OS. But just how plain-looking could this refresh take things? Well, Windows Phone is one of the flattest-looking platforms around with the underplayed simplicity of the Metro UI, and at least one source has claimed that the look of iOS 7 approaches WP8.

The new build is supposedly being developed under the codename Innsbruck, and while it might look different from previous releases, is said to function in largely the same way, and shouldn’t be any more difficult to use.

As for features, we could be looking forward to a new multitasking interface, and maybe an improved notification center. Still, there’s plenty we don’t know, and consensus seems to be that Apple needs to step up its game and show users some innovation, particularly as Android’s influence grows. It’s just a little over a month until WWDC 2013, so our answers could be here in nearly no time at all.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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