At today’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple unveiled the latest iteration of its mobile operating system. iOS 7 features a major design overhaul that removes many of the skeuomorphic elements found in previous versions of iOS, instead favoring a clean and gloss-less “flat” look.
“It’s the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone,” said Tim Cook. “It has a whole new structure that is coherent and that is applied across the entire system,” said Jony Ive in a video showing off the new operating system. “We’ve considered the tiniest details like refining the typography to much larger ones like redesigning all the icons.”
iOS 7 features an entirely new color scheme, with translucency, to “create a sense of depth and vitality.” The design is significantly different from before, with all new multitasking screens and a totally redesigned interface. The icons are “flat,” as expected, with bright new colors. Apps like GameCenter have been entirely overhauled, with the removal of the felt and wood elements.
iOS 7 incorporates new motion tracking capabilities. As the device is moved in the hand, it actually tracks motion and the screen moves, which carries over across the system.