More details on iOS 7’s flat redesign


It has been widely speculated that Apple will give us a sneak peak at iOS 7, the next generation mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at the WWDC 2013 Keynote on June 10.

Last month, 9to5Mac revealed that iOS 7 codenamed Innsbruck will feature a “fresh look” with a “very, very flat” interface. The overhaul is being led by Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Industrial Design, who took over the design of iOS 7 from Scott Forstall.

9to5Mac provides some more details about the changes we can expect in iOS 7, based on information it has received from its sources.

  • iOS 7 will feature a “black, white, and flat all over” design instead of the heavy textures that iOS users are accustomed to.
  • Ive has apparently stated in meeting that he believes that designs filled with physical metaphors, which is popularly called as skeuomorphism “does not stand the test of time”.
  • Lock Screen
    • Apple plans to replace the “shiny, transparent time bar” on the top of the Lock screen with “a shine-free, black interface.”
    • The square-grid for entering the passcode will be replaced with “round, black buttons with white text and white borders.”
    • It looks like users will finally be able to dismiss notifications on the lock screen with gestures.
    • 9to5Mac says “overall, the Lock screen is different than what users have become accustomed to, but it functions in a similar manner.”
  • Notifications
    • Notification center will sport a “dark/black color background with white text” instead of the dark linen background.
    • Notification center will come with new widgets for localized news feed and quick access to Settings toggles for Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, and Bluetooth etc.
  • Home screen
    • App icons will come with rounded edges like we have currently, but will “lose shine, shadows and gloss.”
    • App icons of most of the stock iOS apps have been redesigned with “flatter, less-skeuomorphic textures.” The Game Center app icon will “lose the green felt and chess pieces”.
    • You will be able to add panoramic wallpapers, which sounds like the scrolling live wallpaper available on Android.
  • Other changes
    • Navigation and tab bars have been redesigned to remove gradient textures and may instead come with a “slight blurring effect”.
    • Status bar is likely to be less transparent than the one in iOS 6.
    • The system-wide virtual keyboard may get a minor design change. The design is “a lighter shade of grey and does not include shadowing.”
  • Apps
    • Not surprisingly, the stock apps have been redesigned to fit iOS 7’s white, black, and flat theme.
    • The shredding animation when you delete a Passbook has been removed.
    • The Notes app will sport a “flat white look” instead of yellow notepad like design.
    • Mail, Calendar and Maps app will also sport a “more uniformed look with flat white textures.”
    • 9to5Mac goes on to add that “while the core elements of those apps are mostly white, each app has been given a unique button color. Essentially, each app has a white base with a respective color theme.”
    • The Calendar app may come with red button, whereas the Messages app may come with green controls.
    • App Store, Newsstand, Game Center, Safari, Camera, and Weather apps will also come with “significant transformations.”
    • The Weather app will come with animations to highlight rain, sun or snow. According to their source the Calendar app may look something like below design, which was posted on Dribbble.


9to5Mac says that iOS 7 will be released along with the launch of new hardware later this fall.

Though Apple has added tons of new features in iOS with every major update, it hasn’t made any major improvements in the UI, it is looking outdated and it is high time Apple re-imagines the user interface in iOS 7. It looks like Apple is not going to disappoint us this time.

What do you think of the changes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Via 9to5Mac

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  • dbDESIGN

    Can’t wait.

  • DJ Flea

    Sounds interesting…. I completely trust in the designers of Apple, they make awesome designs!

  • Brian

    Would definitely like to see better stock weather app.

    • arc

      try the yahoo weather app. way better.

      • Brian

        thats what i think they need to use as their stock weather app. they already get their weather from yahoo.

    • Matt

      Do you have iPhone 5? The stock weather app on that is really beautiful I think

  • richard

    this sounds like going in the windows 8 direction, which is very, very disturbing. I’ve come accustomed to Apple setting the trends, not follow them.

    • DJ Flea

      That is a good point! I agreed

    • Zangpakto

      Ive is a great designer, trust in him.

      A lot of the current designs for laptops and desktops etc were by him, I am sure he wont disappoint us with his designs for iOS.

      He does things his way and always has and has been successful at great pleasing designs. Give him a chance, you might be surprised :)

      • Kimk69

        Yeah, like taking all the color out of Lion. Was that his idea too?

        • Zangpakto

          What color was taken out exactly? If anything there were more options… Quite simple to customize, or don’t you know how? I can explain if your lost…

        • Sebastian Rasch

          Looks SO much better without all that gaudy stuff going on.

  • mkimid

    I guess, Those changes will affect on the speed of UX and battery life. Because of flat design will reduce the work load on the processor. Specially, the power consumption with the general light operation.

    • mkimid

      One more, I hope Apple prepare some way to support the user theme for who want to get a rich user experience. Maybe it is too hard to realized without Jailbreak. Anyway, this changes will be one of big reason to Jailbreak

  • Dave

    Same old boring apple crap.

    • Matt

      Why are you reading about it if you’re not interested wanker

  • B Swizzle

    this is more like andorid than windows.

  • Austin

    sounds interesting

  • genXhippie

    I wish for many more added features/options, over UI redesign. Choices please.

  • Stealthnet

    I my Gowd, the only thing I really need on IOS is a dawn blacklist feature like iBlacklist. After years using iOS devices, it is hard to believe that I still have to jailbreak just to use it.