A Realistic Idea Of What iOS 7 Will Actually Look Like

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iOS 7 concepts are a dime a dozen these days. Everyone is coming up with short video walkthroughs of what they think the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system will look like.

Rumors say that Apple is making iOS 7 “flatter” and less skeuomorphic (no pool table felt in Game Center, for example). That has led a lot of concept creators to what I think are, frankly, some overdone conclusions. Yesterday on Twitter I made the comment that, “My gut somehow tells me that all of these iOS 7 concepts are horribly wrong.” I haven’t seen a single iOS 7 concept that actually looks believable, well… until now.

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Designer Tim Green has a fantastic post on Medium that takes a realistic look at how Jony Ive may tweak the look and feel of iOS 7. Instead of basing his ideas solely on the “flat,” “Metro-like” descriptors that keep getting thrown around in the rumor mill, Green takes a look at some of the popular apps in the App Store.

To me, there is a distinct movement towards a particular style and I would be very surprised if Apple were ignorant of it. It’s not ‘flat design’ per se and it’s certainly nowhere near the ‘Metro’ levels that people are suggesting they may follow, but it’s a mellowing out of the visual indicators that people need to trigger the idea of a tappable element. Why? Because this is not 2007 anymore, and we are all now fully aware of the medium and the process; we don’t need to be led garishly by the hand. There is still a sense of depth and tactility but done in a refined and suggestive way, sensitive to the changed perceptions that people have of interacting with touchscreens.

Apps like Facebook, Flipboard, Dropbox, Vine, Google Maps, etc. have all adopted a similar design language that’s distinctly set apart from the design of iOS 6. Green makes a very good point; these big App Store apps could be pointing towards the future of iOS as a whole.

The idea that either of those wouldn’t have inside information about the direction of iOS 7’s UI and styling is beyond belief and we can only assume that the similar route they have taken (which doesn’t follow Google’s completely-flat Android style – that apps like any.do have done on iOS) suggests to me a direction we might expect Apple to be pushing people.

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Green’s iOS 7 Settings app concept is another example of how Apple’s design changes could be more subtle than everyone thinks. It’s important to keep in mind that hundreds of millions of normal people use iOS on a daily basis. Apple isn’t going to completely revamp the interface overnight.

Make sure to read Green’s entire post.

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  • Avenged110

    This one isn’t as bad, but if it’s anything like any of these concepts, I have a feeling I’ll be stuck on iOS 6 on iPhone 5 for the rest of my life.

  • Eric_M_White

    This is the most realistic concept. I think a lot of these concept creators forget just how little time Ive the engineers have had to overhaul iOS 7. I think iOS will undergo a major transformation, but it is going to take a few years. I will be interested in seeing what happens to OS X as well.

  • LEWigis_mansion

    I would love if someone would make a theme of this!!! I might even do it myself but I don’t know how good it would be.

  • Joe Emenaker

    I rarely read these “next iOS interface prediction” posts, anymore. I’ve come to the conclusion that the people who put together these mock-ups fall into one (if not both) of the following two categories:
    1) “Hey Apple, please make the next iOS look/work like this because I want my iPhone to look/work like this”
    2) “Hey, somebody, please hire me as a designer. See how slick of an interface I can design? Oh, sorry about using the iOS mock-up as a cheap pretense to get you to look at my work”.

    Furthermore, as a reader, I’ve found that, as I look at all of the mock-ups, I find a nugget or two in each one which *would* be cool and I start hoping to see all of them appear in the next iOS… and they don’t. In short, viewing everybody’s mock-ups just makes you wish for a huge number of unlikely-to-be-in-the-real-iOS features, which just leaves you disappointed when the real iOS comes out.

  • technochick

    I love how everyone is all hung up on the look. What about features? What about whether they will restore the features missing from iOS 5, like making contact groups. What about whether we might finally have iTunes extras in the video app. Or if they will stop including stocks etc as built in apps

  • 5imo

    Why did he use ugly blocky colors in the mockups like windows 8?

  • Skywaytraffic

    Wow. This looks horrible. I hope not.

  • ctt1wbw

    I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again. Apple could do this the easy way and buy the entire jailbreak community. This would make that whole community legit and make iPhone users even happier.

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