Details on iOS 7 design work surface, current software described as 'work in progress'

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| June 12, 2013

iOS 7 official

After months of rumors and more mentions of the word "flat" than anyone could keep track of, Apple officially took the wraps off of iOS 7 this past Monday. The company rolled its new software out to developers in beta form on the same day, and since then many folks have voiced their opinions on the new look of iOS 7. The software that developers are using today may be a bit different than what consumers see when iOS 7 is rolled out to the public in the fall, though, as a new report from The Next Web says that Apple is still hard at work on the new design of iOS.

According to TNW's sources, the version of iOS 7 that's currently in beta is a "mid stride" version of the software that's still a "work in progress." The existing software is said to be a result of Apple design chief Jony Ive's decision to have the company's marketing design team set the look of the app icons, then have the app design teams work on the look of the app interiors based off of those new icons. That move lead to little communication between the different design teams, which resulted in some varying designs in the final product.

The design of the app icons and other visual elements of iOS 7 are said to be the aspects of the software that are the most subject to tweaks and refinement. It's not know exactly what changes may be in the works, but it's said that the software shown off on stage by Apple this week was already newer than what was rolled out to developers, indicating that the company is continually plugging away on improving iOS 7 ahead of the public release.

Since iOS 7 is in beta, it's no surprise to hear that the company plans to refine its software in the coming months. We'll have to wait until the fall to see exactly what the final product looks like, but considering that the big changes that iOS 7 has already undergone as well as the fact that Jony Ive has only been in charge of Human Interface for seven months, it's certainly possible that the look of iOS 7 could undergo even more tweaks as Apple's design teams continue to work with Ive and put together a cohesive vision for the software. Based on what you've seen of iOS 7 so far, what changes would you make to it if you had the opportunity?

Via The Next Web