Is this what iOS 7 will look like?

10 Jun 2013

iOS 7 mock-up app icons via 9to5Mac

Mocked-up images of Apple’s next operating system created by those who claim to have seen a beta version have appeared online, offering a glimpse of Jony Ive’s design changes ahead of the WWDC unveiling.

9to5Mac claims to have got a quick peek at an early beta of iOS 7 and the Apple-obsessed website has created mock-ups of app icons and a home screen that closely match what was seen.

The colouring and style reflects the branding of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which kicks off today at 5pm IST.

There are also a few icons taking a more greyscale approach, and some have suggested that white or black iPhones will have differing colour schemes.

The new UI design has apparently done away with the bar chart-style signal strength indicator at the top of the screen in favour of five dots coloured white or grey, depending on coverage.

The dock at the bottom of the screen has also changed to a single line joining these icons together.

iOS 7 home screen mock-up by 9to5Mac

iOS 7 home screen mock-up by 9to5Mac

The look generated by 9to5Mac certainly reflects the ‘flat’ design expected to come from Apple’s senior vice-president of industrial design Jony Ive. Ive made a name for himself as the man who directed the design of the iconic iPhone, but this is the first time he will oversee design of the operating system.

We’re quite certain iOS 7 will be revealed today, and rumours are rife that this will also come with new iPhone and iPad models featuring the new software. An ‘iRadio’ music streaming service is also predicted to be showcased today as Apple is said to have worked out deals with major record labels.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic