The report also confirms that iOS 7 will feature a new look, and will drop the skeuomorphic design in favor of “plain solid backgrounds and more white space.”
The next version of its iOS software—now overseen by Apple’s longtime hardware-design guru, Jonathan Ive—will have a new look, according to people involved in its development. Apple is expected to give developers an early version of the software this week and release it to consumers in the coming months.
The new design abandons Apple’s longtime approach of designing icons and apps to resemble real-life objects, like address books and fabric, in favor of plain solid backgrounds and more white space, these people said.
The New York Times also confirms the redesign of iOS:
Before taking over software design, Mr. Ive made it known in the company that he did not like some of the visual ornamentation s in Apple’s mobile software, particularly the use of textures representing physical materials. Under his direction, elements like the yellow-notepad inspired Notes app and the leather borders in the Calendar app for the iPad are expected to be removed from the software. The overall look will be smoother and less ostentatious, according to a person briefed on the company’s plans, who asked not to be named.
The WSJ report also goes on to add that iOS 7 will include new features to share photos and videos, which seems to hint at the rumored AirDrop wireless file-sharing feature and deep integration with Flickr and Vimeo.
In another article, WSJ has confirmed that Apple will be unveiling its iRadio music streaming service.
The highly anticipated new service—expected to be available only in the U.S.—will allow users to stream a radio-like channel of music based on their interests. It will be supported by text and audio ads from Apple’s iAd service, people familiar with the matter said. It will feature “Buy” buttons to drive downloads, they added.
The New York Times also reports that the service is expected to be free, but supported by ads.
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