If the news from 9to5Mac is correct, it's time to brace ourselves for the greatest overhaul in iOS's design since its first appearance in 2007. Under the leadership of Apple's chief design honcho Jony Ive, iOS 7's design will embrace the current trend toward "flatter" user interface (think: Windows 8) and turn its back on the glares, flares, and skeuomorphism familiar from current and past iOS releases. How flat? In the words of one articulate source, "very, very flat."
The first three months in 2013 have been relatively quiet for Apple, but a new rumor suggests the company is putting its nose to the grindstone on iOS 7 -- potentially even at the expense of the next major OS X update.
Apple last week released an update to its much-reviled Podcasts app, which brings a host of long-overdue features, including custom stations, iCloud syncing, and On-the-Go playlists. But perhaps most appreciated is the removal of one of Apple's signature pieces of skeuomorphism, the reel-to-reel tape machine. Clearly this is the work of Jony Ive, a known critic of the design style. When he was given free rein over Apple's human interfaces after Scott Forstall stepped down last October, we expected some changes would be made to iOS, which incorporates many of these type of real-world mimicry. But by dumping the tape deck — certainly one of the more intricate elements Apple has designed — it seems as though he's taking a stand, not just for Podcasts, but for all future versions of iOS.