updated 07:06 am EDT, Thu March 21, 2013
Apple fan iOS 7 concept video shows minimalist touches
An Apple fan, Mohamed Kerroudj has posted a couple of concept videos on where Apple could take its UI in iOS 7. Looking reminiscent of the flat Windows Phone design language combined with elements of Google Now and the new popular new Mailbox app for iOS, Kerroudj's approach has a minimalist style. Kerroudj's version of iOS 7 would have a much more functional lock-screen, while also removing the skeumorphism apparent in native iOS apps like Calendar.
Apple has typically launched a major update to its operating system on an annual basis, but it is not known yet how much of the forthcoming iOS 7 mobile operating system will be influenced by the minimalist stylings of Apple Senior VP of Industrial Design, Sir Jony Ive. Ive was put in charge of the iOS (and Mac) UI following the surprise departure of Scott Forstall, who was heavily involved in its development and design as the former Senior VP of mobile software. Many pundits have called for Apple to revamp its OS, although we aren't certain that change for change sake is necessarily desirable for Apple's hugely successful mobile OS.
However, there is no doubt that what Kerroudj has demonstrated in his concept video is intriguing, especially in the way he would have Apple clean up its 'bubble' notifications and other UI elements. Should Apple take note? It was previously so impressed with a fan concept for its Notification Center in iOS that it hired him. The rumor mill has Apple set to release the iPhone 5S in June, at which time it will likely release the next version of iOS. Observers will be keenly watching to see what Jony Ive and Apple's mobile software engineering team led by Craig Federighi delivers. [via Redmond Pie]