John Paczkowski on iOS 7’s Ive-Led Visual Overhaul

Paczkowski has actual quotes from actual sources on the new appearance:

I’ve heard similar descriptions from sources who say iOS 7 is iOS “de-glitzed.”

“Put it this way,” said one source who has been briefed on iOS. “You know Game Center’s green felt craps table? Well, goodbye, Circus Circus.”

Not a surprise, really. With Scott Forstall — an advocate for flashy, skeuomorphic design and its stitched-leather and faux-wood-grain flourishes — now gone from Apple, and Ive in an expanded role, the current and former Apple employees I’ve spoken to say iOS 7 was destined for a new coat of paint. As one said, “Sounds like a much-needed ‘de-Forstallization.’”

He’s also got a source confirming the scuttlebutt I heard a few weeks ago about engineering resources being pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on iOS 7.

See also: More confirmation from Adam Satariano at Bloomberg.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013