Apple Risks iOS 7 Delays for New Flat User Interface?

Posted May 1, 2013 at 1:52pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10928 views

Apple is reportedly risking a delay of iOS 7 to implement a new flat user interface envisioned by Jonathan Ive, reports Bloomberg.

Ive, 46, has begun revamping iPhone and iPad applications, shunning realistic images, such as wood bookshelves for the Newsstand feature, and he’s exploring more dramatic changes to the e-mail and calendar tools, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private.

Ive is also methodically reviewing new designs, seeking to avoid a repeat of last year’s release of map tools that were widely panned, and he’s encouraging collaboration between the software and hardware divisions, which operated in silos under co-founder Steve Jobs, people said.


A recent report from 9to5Mac corroborates this information with one source saying the interface is “very, very flat” and another saying that the interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeumorphism seen in past versions of iOS.

All these changes are said to come at a cost for Apple who is struggling to finish iOS 7 in time to preview it at WWDC. Code is being submitted later than usual and staff from Apple's Mac team have been moved over to help get the job done in time.

However, Apple is still expected to release the new software in September.

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DudeAtVanns - May 2, 2013 at 8:12am
Nonsense! I don't have a degree and working as a web developers .. I don't think it is necessary you to have degree like what that bimbo is babbling about... I have a place to go to work and can steal sticky notes from others.. you know that's all I know just because I didn't go to college... I'm so proud of being myself!
AGirlAtVanns - May 2, 2013 at 8:07am
You know I have english literature degree, and am working at Vanns(is like the size of bestbuy in Montana). Anwyay, I think all other people are stupid because I'm so pretty and have a job where I can go to work now, unlike other people who are OBVIOUSLY failed to get into the place where they can open their wings.. hahaha poor peasant! I'm way up there and you? way down there with dirty rats muhahaha.. I'm too good to be around here...
Jedediah Johnson - May 2, 2013 at 8:55am
If you have an English literature degree why are you working at Vanns? Really spreading your wings I see!! Enjoy your delusional life you fat basement dwelling troll loser!
las - May 1, 2013 at 2:55pm
will be sue by MS like how it sueing samsung over round corner.
Odedo1 - May 1, 2013 at 2:53pm
I still don't get what flat means???
rtcs - May 1, 2013 at 3:42pm
simple, clean, 'non-popping', clean cut, straight forward.
Carlos - May 1, 2013 at 5:10pm
No more shiny stuff, no 3-d look of icons, etc...
zetaprime - May 2, 2013 at 12:11am
That doesn't sound like progress. I suppose they'll go to a command line interface in iOS 8 since they're so intent on going back to 1980
culua - May 2, 2013 at 1:34am
I guess they making it extremely simple lol.
zetaprime - May 2, 2013 at 4:36am
Yeah..really simple..like c:\ > They'll have to bring back physical keys so you can type into the CLI. And the phone will probably have that wonderful big brick shape that was so loved back in 1980.
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