More rumored iOS 7 details surface, including Notification Center changes and redesigned apps

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: May 24, 2013

iPhone 5 home screen

Rumored details of iOS 7 and its "flatter" design have been trickling out in recent months, and today some more information on what Apple executive Jony Ive has been busy with has leaked out. 9to5Mac claims to have details on some of the changes coming to iOS 7, and according to the report, Ive and Co. have made alterations to nearly every aspect of Apple's mobile OS that focus on black and white UI elements and a flatter overall look.

The changes start at the lock screen, which while expected function similarly to the way it does today, will reportedly exchange its shiny time bar up top for a simple black look. The sources also claim that lock screen notifications could gain more manipulability.

Speaking of notifications, Apple's Notification Center is allegedly set to gain a new look as well, losing its dark linen background for a simple dark-colored background with white text. Apple is also said to be testing new widgets similar to the existing weather and stock feeds. Those include "localized news feeds" and a quick access panel with toggles for system settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Moving on to the home screen, we're told to expect home screen app icons that are shaped in a similar way, but without any shine or shadows. Many of Apple's own app icons are said to be getting redone, with the Camera and Photos apps becoming "flatter" and the Game Center app icon dropping its green felt. Another big home screen change that's reportedly coming is panorama wallpapers that will pan as the user moves between home screens, similar to how Android's home screens work.

Finally, many of Apple's own apps are expected to receive new looks that go along with the focus on black and white colors and flat design. Many apps are said to feature a white base with a theme color that's unique to that app. The Notes app will allegedly ditch its yellow notepad in favor of a clean white look, while the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore are said to be getting makeovers to become flat and white. We're also told to expect animated images in the Weather app, a Game Center without its casino feel and a dedicated FaceTime app.

We've been hearing for months now that iOS would be receiving quite a makeover with Jony Ive at the helm, and today's report certainly makes it sound like that is indeed the case. While iOS 7 will likely retain much of the same basic look and functionality in order to keep things simple for users, these latest rumors suggest that it could also be one of the biggest iOS updates that Apple has shipped to date. The Cupertino firm is expected to offer the first glimpse at iOS 7 during WWDC next month, followed by a launch this fall. So, what do you make of the changes detailed in today's report? Do you like the sound of the makeover that iOS is reportedly receiving?

Via 9to5Mac