Apple's iOS 7 Overhaul Likely Sleek—and Late

New design guru giving software a makeover

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted May 1, 2013 10:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – Apple's next mobile operating system, iOS 7, is supposed to be in the sweaty palms of Mac fanboys as early as September. But—at least within the company—deadlines are being pushed back as the company's new design visionary, Jonathan Ive (who recently made the Time 100 list), makes big overhauls to the look of the software, Bloomberg reports.

Many of the iOS logos and programs haven't changed aesthetically since the iPhone was released in 2007. Insiders say the new look will be less shiny and glossy, and rely less on "skeuomorphs" (designs made to imitate their real-world counterparts, like the wooden shelves on the Newsstand app, or the radio mic on Voice Memos), in favor of the "flat" look employed by Microsoft on its Windows Phone, 9to5Mac says. But while the look might be different, the ease of use is not—9to5Mac says there's no learning curve involved in the new iOS.

An iPhone 4 and iPad 3.
An iPhone 4 and iPad 3.   (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)
In this Monday April 1, 2013 photo, a man leaves an Apple store with an iPhone and an iPad in his hands.
In this Monday April 1, 2013 photo, a man leaves an Apple store with an iPhone and an iPad in his hands.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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