Apple's iOS 7 said to be as flat as Windows Phone, with a lack of gloss and shine
The old (L) and new look of the iOS podcast application
Apparently gone is the gloss and the shine of previous iOS builds, leaving a "flat" look that is said to resemble Windows Phone with its simplicity and lack of textures on digital images of real-life items. Take a look at the old and new design used by Apple for its podcast app and you can see the change from a life-like reel to reel recorder to the current design. Despite the changes, iOS 7 remains intuitive and easy to use. The code name for iOS 7is Innsbruck and brings all new icons for native apps along with newly designed tool bars and tab bars.
Apple is said to also be looking at working on a way that users can glance at the screen to get information. Hmm. That almost sounds like the function of a widget. WWDC 2013 runs from June 10th through the 14th and iOS 7 is expected to be unveiled then. And with the two major proponents of skeumorphic design inside Apple now gone (Steve Jobs and Scott Forstall), you can expect some big changes in the look and feel of iOS 7.