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The rumor mill has been churning out claims that Apple is planning to show a refreshed version of iOS this year that's flatter than previous iterations, and today yet another such report has surfaced. 9to5Mac claims to have been told by sources that iOS 7 will indeed sport a new, flat look that one tipster says will drop all of the gloss and skeuomorphism that's built up inside Apple's mobile platform. Another source has described iOS 7 as being "very, very flat," while an additional tipster compared iOS 7's level of flatness as being near Windows Phone's tiled look.

Along with this new flattened look, it's rumored that iOS 7 (which is reportedly codenamed "Innsbruck") will feature new icons for Apple's built-in applications. The tool bars, tab bars and another basic features of iOS 7 will also purportedly be getting a makeover.

Apple is also said to be interested in adding more glanceable information and panels to iOS 7. One example that's said to have been kicked around is the ability to swipe from the left and right of an iOS device's display to bring up new panels. However, it's not yet known how Apple will ultimately implement this feature or if it will at all.

Although Apple is reportedly bringing a fresh look to iOS with the next major update to the platform, 9to5Mac says that the basics of the OS will remain unchanged. For example, both the lock and home screens of iOS 7 are expected to function in a manner similar to how they operate today in iOS 6.

Apple SVP of Industrial Design Jony Ive is said to be leading the charge behind this new look of iOS. Ive took over the Human Interface (UI and UX) team with the exit of Scott Forstall last year, and it's been rumored that Ive has been pushing for a "starker and simpler" iOS in his meetings with the software teams. iOS has received some criticism for being overly skeuomorphic in some areas, including the felt textures of the Game Center app and the yellow paper of the Notes app.

While all of the information included in today's report is still very much a rumor at this point, it does seem to jive with what we've been hearing about iOS 7 so far. iOS hasn't really received any major makeovers since it debuted on the original iPhone in 2007, and so while it sounds like the basics of iOS will remain the same in iOS 7, a flatter look and fresh set of built-in app icons could help to give iOS the refresh that many users have been waiting for.

In recent years, Apple has used its Worldwide Developers Conference as a way to give the first public look at its next major version of iOS. As part of Apple's announcement of WWDC 2013, SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller teased that his company "can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into [developers'] hands at WWDC," so it sounds like Apple is planning to give a peek at iOS 7 at its upcoming conference. The 2013 edition of WWDC is scheduled to take place from June 10-14.

Via 9to5Mac

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Josh Duncan when does it come out
Anthony Tat think it means itll look EVEN simpler than it already does
Aaron Dean Put Lip stick on a pig and its still a pig
Jose Calderon Ahem, Google is all about flat. How can google flat be good but not-yet-seen apple flat be bad? Fanfreaks.
Jerome Mccaskill Flat icons is a joke, apple you can design better icons than flat
Matthew Swanson As long as it's consistent, good-looking, modern, and innovative. The current UI is stale, old, boring, and has become too inconsistent.
Vicente Reyes No, built in apps are garbage.
Matt Pankey It can get flatter?
Andy Christian Loyola the word "revolutionary" ends up when jobs died.
Thomas Boehnlein Absolutely. I don't use iOS. I just excited to see another company embrace good design.
Faseeh Pervaiz I hate Apple , end of story !!
Anthony Arreola flat like android ran over apple with a big monster truck
Jason Vargas Wtf! "Very Very Flat" doesn't sound very revolutionary to me. And new icons?! Yea that's what we've been waiting for! a if that's true the next iOS is gonna suck
Randall Sterling they need a flipboard style interface
Javier Delgado the post doesnt say they gonna copy windows phone tiles UI....just make their own UI look flatter...not so 3D...
Daniel Quintero Android already has that
Mark Fisher Jr. Somethings gotta change.
Mark Belkowski Ill be very happy when ios goes away.
Marwan Ahmed Good one Kevin :D
Charlie Ebner A very, very flat look is such a vague description. We will just have to wait and see what it looks like. But by the sound of it, it doesn't seem like it is going to be very impressive.
Kevin Joel If they copy Windows Phone it will be a win for them, coz the sheep won't know it was copied, they'll just realize their UIs look modern suddenly...
Matt Shipley Either way ill always be an apple fan. Just for the simple fact of the AppStore and iTunes.
Andrew Vella not to be an asshole or anything, but isnt ios already flat as it is? I think they are opting for a more polished and serious look and by "flat" I think they would look sort of the htc one's apps in sense 5.
Austin Montiel Hernandez They will have to do a lot more than revamp the design to get me to switch to iOS.
Devin Martinez I agree with Tim
Peter De Clercq So last ios was an extra row of icons and this time bigger flatter icons, ..genius took them a year to think about that?
Deniz Weinzierl Already Last Year we Hoped for a refreshed iOS Version but there were no minor changes and I think it will be the same this yearBut don't stop hopin..
Mike Cooper heard there wuz a new siri voice comin more outspokn n hoter soundin
Brandon Johnson Until I actually see this in usage I think it sounds dumb, ios is already flat enough that's it's flat lining.... The panels sound nice, but that's not enough to persuade me away from upgrading my 4S to one of android's big 2.
Haldi Kuniqi lol thats all theyre going to change in ios 7? just change the ui colors?
Juan Carlos Deras Nope, crApple's completely devoid of innovation...
Tim Taricco Change is good. iOS has grown tired. I'd like to see the software design match the hardware design.
George Millhouse and the sucking continues lol
Catherine Ashley Unger I would have to see what it looks like first.
Michelle Renee Robinson Why so many updates and so many changes??
Jesse Ling Means its gonna SUCK.
Joshua Clark What does that even mean??!?
Bobby Delaney If the only thing that changes are aesthetic (shapes, colors, icon design) then investor supports' going to tank.
Vladimir Vidanovski i'd love that, i think it's time for a change
Brandon Le Flat? Like Windows 8 tiles? No.

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