On Redesigning iOS

Mark Gurman for 9to5Mac, on the much-rumored UI redesign in iOS 7:

According to multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on the upcoming iOS 7, the operating system sports a redesigned user-interface that will be attractive to new iOS users, but potentially unsettling for those who are long-accustomed to the platform.

The new interface is said to be “very, very flat,” according to one source. Another person said that the interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeuomorphism seen across current and past versions of iOS. Another source framed the new OS as having a level of “flatness” approaching recent releases of Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Metro” UI.

Good piece. As someone who's very much into UI design, I'm excited to see what Apple's come up with. I think they have to strike a balance between what's great about iOS, design-wise, as it is now and what's great about "flat" user interfaces. Luckily for Apple, they have to look no further than their own platform for great examples — Letterpress and Twitterrific being chief among them.

After reading this article, I'd say this year's WWDC logo is a big hint of what's to come.

(via Shawn Blanc)