It is being rumoured that Apple is preparing major design changes with iOS 7, which should be announced in a matter of weeks. Yaaay! I rejoiced when I first heard it. Then I got more details: the new look iOS will be “black, white and flat all over.” Wait, are you telling me that Apple realises that Microsoft are on to something with the Windows Phone UI? That is the same Windows Phone UI that has been hailed as clean, elegant and beautiful? The minimalist Windows Phone UI? If the rumours are to be believed, iOS is going more minimalist. I mean, black, white and flat suggests minimalism to the core. But it gets even better.
Have you used iOS before? That is the same mobile OS that has been hailed in every quarter. But did you ever notice how different some of the apps look – like they were designed by different teams who had no common design guidelines? Well, iOS 7 wants to solve that problem too by implementing a common design theme across all apps – Notes, Mail, Calendar and Maps will gain a more unified look. Guess who brought that to the table in recent times. Yes; Microsoft with the unified look and feel of Windows Phone. Microsoft is leading and innovating. Apple is copying. Again. As they have always done. Apple sees a good thing and copies it. Ladies and gentlemen, hate Windows Phone all you like, but if these rumours are true, they are confirmation that the Windows Phone UI is the best thing since Agege bread.
Perhaps some day, we shall also see some streamlining of the motley mix that is the Android UI. Perhaps. Meanwhile, finally, iOS might just get my attention. Just. But for now, all these are rumours. I am not Thomas, but until I see official info and images from Apple confirming these new design shifts, I am not holding my breath. Three hearty cheers for elegant user interfaces!
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