Apple is plotting a significant redesign for its, according to fresh reports.
The fruit-flavoured tech giant is moving away from the 3D-effect look that currently graces the iPhone, and iPod touch, 9to5Mac reports, citing sources who reckon the operating system is about to become "very, very flat".
This isn't the first we've heard of a iOS 7. Another anonymous individual reportedly reckons iOS 7 will do away with all the shine and gloss that now adorns apps and icons.for
That would see Apple chucking out its long-favoured 'skeumorphism', a design choice that sees software styled to look like real-world objects (think of the Post-it effect in the Notes app, or the seedy casino felt in Game Center).
The 'flattest' operating system I can think of is Windows Phone, which has no shading or sense of depth to its simplistically styled homescreen. The redesign is said to stem from iPad, and has , too.Sir Jony Ive, who is credited for building the iPhone and
Although repeatedly tweaked, the look of iOS has changed very little since its introduction in 2007.
A redesign would certainly spice things up, but perhaps Apple would be foolish to tinker too heavily with an operating system that's recognised, and used, by so many people -- just look at the backlash Microsoft saw.
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