Led by Jonathan Ive, Apple has re-architected iOS 7's new interface multiple times over the past few months. Although things could change before WWDC, the site's sources provide a look at the changes Apple has been testing in recent weeks. Notably, Ive has been making his mark on every corner of the operating system.
Starting with the lock screen, Apple is said to have dropped the shiny, transparent time bar the top of the screen for a shine-free, black interface. The square grid for entering your pin has been replaced with round, black buttons with white text and white borders. Lock screen notifications may gain improved manipulability via gestures.
Ive has reportedly convinced the design team to replace many of the linen and leather textures in iOS. For example, the leather in the calendar app has been replaced with flat white and black coloring. The Notification Center's linen background has been replaced with a dark grey/black color with white text. Notification Center is also set to receive new panels to quickly access information such as localized news feeds. Apple is also testing a panel for Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, and Bluetooth toggles.
The home screen is said to be similar to previous versions of iOS; however, some of the icons lose their shine, shadows, and gloss for a more flat design. The camera, photos, and game center icons are mentioned for having new flat designs. An additional feature that will reportedly be added is panorama-like wallpapers (images that pan as Home screens are swiped).
Navigation bars, tab bars, and the keyboard are said to have been redesigned to remove gradient textures. In some apps, the status bar appears less transparent, according to the source.
Many of the built-in apps have seen changes. Passbook drops its shredding animation. Notes gets a flat white look instead of a yellow notepad design. Interestingly, some of the key apps have been given a unique button color. Essentially, each app has a white base with a respective color theme. Apple's new weather app is said to feature slightly animated images to denote types of weather. Game Center has lost its green felt. Newsstand has removed the wood shelf interface and replaced it with a texture similar to the OS X dock. Safari's tab views has been tweaked. The App Store/iTunes Store gets a flatter, white look and FaceTime may get its own standalone app for iPhone, similar to how it is on the iPad.
Apple will officially unveil its changes to the operating system on June 10th, 2013 at WWDC. Stay tuned!
[Dirk Jan Haarsma]