Since Jony Ive took the ‘design’ office at Apple, there have been rumors that he is working consistently to direct the design team away from skeuomorphic designs and into a new and different approach for the future of iOS.
Gruber from DaringFireball, the most well informed blogger on all-things-Apple, has two very interesting insights about the upcoming changes in iOS 7.
- iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it. (The opposite thing happened in 2007 when engineers were pulled off from OS X development to focus on iPhone as the launch schedule was running late)
- iOS engineers with carry privileges all have some sort of polarizing filter on their iPhone displays, such that it greatly decreases viewing angles, thus making it difficult for observers to see the apparently rather significant system-wide UI overhaul.
According to Gruber, “Ive’s work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.”