“Flat” Focus for iOS7

Apple’s new operating system iOS7 comes out in Fall 2013. The redesigned operating system will be attractive to new users; however, it maybe unsettling for those familiar with Macs.

The “flat” design is based on simplicity, pushing aside heavy textures. “Flatness” also means a more streamlined interface that will, potentially, better stand the test of time. For instance, the yellow notepad found in the current iOS Notes app may not resonate well with younger users.

The interface changes include an all-new icon set for the Apple’s native apps, and

newly designed tool bars, tab bars, and other fundamental interface features across the system. Mac devices using the next-generation software reportedly have polarizing filters to decrease viewing angles of on-lookers.

Some say the new interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and flashy design seen across the current and past versions of iOS. Others say the new iOS is very similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Metro” UI.


According to Apple.com as they were reconsidering iOS, their purpose was to create an experience that was simpler, more useful, and more enjoyable-while building on the things people love about iOS. Ultimately, redesigning the way it works led them to redesigning the way it looks.

The unnecessary bars and buttons have been removed. When taking away design elements that don’t add value, suddenly there’s greater focus on what matters most: your content. Apple adds features only when they’re truly useful, and they add them in a way that makes sense.

With iOS 7, Apple took something millions of people already love and refined the ,experience to make it even more effortless and useful.

Mark your calendars for Fall 2013 for the release of iOS7!


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