16 Apps That Already Look Like iOS 7 [Gallery]

iOS 7 on iPhone 5

iOS 7 looks totally different than iOS 6, and most App Store apps are going to have to undergo a big design overhaul to fit it. Gone are the rich textures and deep garnishes. Corinthian leather has been replaced with Gaussian blur. A lot of iOS 6 apps look instantly out of place.

There are, however, quite a few popular apps that look like they belong in iOS 7. Whether it’s by coincidence or intentional forethought, these 16 iOS apps fit in with iOS 7 very well already:

Letterpress
Letterpress 3

Apple gave this app a 2013 Design Award a couple days ago. The developer is Loren Brichter, a former Apple employee.

Twitterrific

iPhone

Rdio

Rdio 2.0 iPhone

Vesper

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One this app’s makers is John Gruber, beloved Apple pundit from Daring Fireball.

Clear

clear-iPhone

Dots

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VSCO CAM

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Without a second glance this app can be confused with the stock Camera app in iOS 7.

Vine

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Yahoo Weather

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Apple also gave this app a 2013 Design Award after copying it in the official iOS 7 Weather app.

Dropbox

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Mailbox

Updated already? Shake it!

Apple’s iOS 7 Mail app looks eerily similar.

Pretty much all of Google’s iOS apps look great. Some examples:

Google+

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Google Maps

Google Maps for iPhone

Gmail

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Google Search

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Hangouts

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Google gets it.

  • Tkf530

    Yes, but those app icons weren’t ‘designed’ in 15 minutes.

  • Gadget

    My favourite looking app is Yahoo Weather. Apple needs to get the user interface architect who did that and send Jony back to the machine shop where he belongs. Jony is brilliant, just in real world stuff though, not virtual.

  • CharilaosMulder

    with all due respect, i admire a lot of the articles on cultofmac and i absolutely hate bashing, but those apps do not inherit most of the design principles that are new to iOS 7. iOS 7 isn’t exactly flat or “just” transparent. There’s so much to the new design philosophy and especially the way everything that’s new blends together.

    I know and use most of the apps shown here. Most of their design is just made to shine, instead of being there for functional reasons.

  • Whodakat

    My favourite looking app is Yahoo Weather. Apple needs to get the user interface architect who did that and send Jony back to the machine shop where he belongs. Jony is brilliant, just in real world stuff though, not virtual.

    You sir… are wrong. Its sad how many people just don’t get it.

  • Whodakat

    Yes, but those app icons weren’t ‘designed’ in 15 minutes.

    Neither were iOS 7 icons, trailer jockey.

  • Gadget
    My favourite looking app is Yahoo Weather. Apple needs to get the user interface architect who did that and send Jony back to the machine shop where he belongs. Jony is brilliant, just in real world stuff though, not virtual.

    You sir… are wrong. Its sad how many people just don’t get it.

    Yes, I’m wrong because……oh that’s right…no backup to your statement.

    What exactly are people not getting? The fact that thin white fonts on a light grey background is hard to read? The fact that bubblegum colours for icons are not favoured by the majority of people?

    The new functionality of iOS7 is great. The look however needs work. Thankfully it’s still in Beta. Jony is the best at sculpting physical art but not very good when it comes to the look of a UX. If they just adjusted the colours and thickened the fonts a bit, I would be fine.

  • jchiatt

    Should definitely add Any.DO to this list. iOS 7 looks like Any.DO and Rdio had a baby.

  • Andrew Newsome
    My favourite looking app is Yahoo Weather. Apple needs to get the user interface architect who did that and send Jony back to the machine shop where he belongs. Jony is brilliant, just in real world stuff though, not virtual.

    You sir… are wrong. Its sad how many people just don’t get it.

    Yes, I’m wrong because……oh that’s right…no backup to your statement.

    What exactly are people not getting? The fact that thin white fonts on a light grey background is hard to read? The fact that bubblegum colours for icons are not favoured by the majority of people?

    The new functionality of iOS7 is great. The look however needs work. Thankfully it’s still in Beta. Jony is the best at sculpting physical art but not very good when it comes to the look of a UX. If they just adjusted the colours and thickened the fonts a bit, I would be fine.

    So in other words, iOS 6.

  • DJR

    “Pretty much all of Google’s iOS apps look great.” For real? The lame design that emanates from Google is the reason the world needs Apple to exist. We have entered some sort of bizarre topsy-turvy universe in which Apple now is expected to take its design cues from Google and Microsoft.

    This is a great list though — it captures most of the “flat” apps that have been overpraised over the last couple of years and that probably inspired Apple to go in the direction they did. I have downloaded most of these apps and rarely use any of them, at least partly because their plainness is so boring. Clear, especially, is a nice try at something different, but its overreliance on nonintuitive gestures is confounding and ultimately an unsatisfying user experience. Its preference for an oversimplified, nonintuitive interface has apparently been replicated in the stock ios apps. I pray that other developers don’t rush to emulate the horribly underdesigned ios 7 and that this fad passes quickly.

    Design, contrary to the current de rigueur position, is not just about getting out of the way of functionality. It’s also about beauty. The ios 7 version of a bedroom would be a mattress with white sheets surrounded by white walls and no other furniture so that the room focused solely on its main function. It might be efficient, but who wants to live that way?

  • DinaMoHum

    I wish Alex Heath would try some of these apps on IOS 7. I just purchased and downloaded “Clear” only to find out that is does not run on IOS 7. All you get is a black screen. I guess I should have read the reviews in the app store as others were complaining about the same issue.

  • StevenSaidWhat

    I use Clear for simple lists (it’s perfect for groceries), Vesper for general notes, Dots for quick fun, and Twitterific as my go-to iOs Twitter client. They’re all well-designed for their purpose, and if this is the direction Apple is headed, I’m OK with that.

    Was it Cult of Mac (or another Apple site) that showed side-by-side comparisons of some current Apple apps and the new iOs versions? It was eye-opening, especially the phone call screen. Amazing how much current real estate is taken over by informational purposes. The new open, flat (is it really flat, or just lean?) design is winning me over. The only thing I’m not too sure about are some of the colors. I especially like the blue-grey details in Vesper, and that color palette would’ve been a real winner. I expect some of the neon colors to disappear by the release date. The wallpaper and color choices they presented Monday were far from masculine, and I suspect they will hear the comments and adjust accordingly.

  • MisterL30N

    It amazes me how Alex and a few others from Cult of Droid – whoops – Mac seem to always give praise upon praise to any sort of iPhone or Mac app that looks, feels, operates, and fucks JUST like an Android device. Guys, I hate to break the bad news to you, but you’re writing for the wrong column if you’re so fandroid crazy. I’m exhausted with hearing how iOS in skinny jeans is “remarkable” and “the future”. It’s trash and it looks awful. It’s not at all intuitive or easy to use. And for those that complain about iOS being “stale”? Sorry, it must be so hard for you to have a brand new device every other month because you’re just “so busy” and “live a fast-paced life” at sixteen. It must be really hard for you. If you’re looking for an Android, the Galaxy S4 is right around the corner. But for those of us who are looking for consistency and true beauty in a user interface (not this 1990s bubble-gum pop explosion), we’ve just been shit on by Apple, Jony Ive, Tim Cook, and everyone who created iOS 7. #KThanxYOLO2013

  • HoIger

    When promoting “Clear” that way I think it would be fair to mention, that it is one of the few apps that do *not* work with iOS 7 -> http://support.realmacsoftware.com/support/solutions/articles/96017-ios-7-and-clear

  • ohhoes

    I like this minimalist calculator more … flat design, best feature is the formula is freely editable.

  • l0rien

    You may like our new app Tricky Letters where we created a 3D-model with animations that look like flat.

    Mailbox character serves as interface, talks to you and tells his story. He gives you the letters. You don’t know who sends them. You don’t know when the next letter arrives. All you know — it will come.

    http://trickyletters.com ?ould be a worthy addition to this list. Also we are open to any feedback!

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Alex HeathAlex Heath has been a staff writer at Cult of Mac for three years. He is also a co-host of the CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Twitter always works too.

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