Latest iOS 7 rumors: not just “flat”, but less colorful

From everything we’ve heard, Apple’s iOS 7 is set to be the Jonathan Ive Show, with the designer tearing into the skeuomorphic-heavy look we’ve been familiar with. Reports have again and again reiterated a focus on a clean “flat” look for the platform, and today we get a few new details about what in specific will be changing.

Beyond just a flat, light-on-textures look for the OS, Ive may also be leading the march towards a more monochromatic, black-and-white look to pervade. Changes start on the lock screen, with a simpler design eschewing some of the shininess you’ll see now, as well as changes to the look of buttons for PIN entry and possible notification tweaks.

Once again, there’s talk of a revamped Notification Center. It would get the B&W treatment, and possibly introduce new widgets and give users quick access to device settings.

The home screen could get support for panoramic wallpapers, and a number of Apple apps will be displaying new icons. Of course, the apps themselves may also be getting new looks, again with this theme of “flat” being the tune they’re all singing.

They may not be black-and-white, but look for simple one-color-and-white schemes, with apps focusing on just a single hue. Not everything will be getting a huge makeover – Mail, for instance, we hear is largely unchanged, while others may be barely recognizable.

We’re just over two weeks away from the WWDC keynote, where we fully expect to get our first official look at iOS 7. This could be a big year for Apple, especially when it comes to dictating where things go over the next few years. Will iOS 7 have what it takes to leak the company in the right direction? We’re on the edge of our seats, waiting to learn.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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