The End of Apple's Skeuomorphism

There has been a lot of talk in the tech industry lately following the announcement of WWDC (Apples developer conference set for June 2013), about the apparent drastic change in iOS design away from skeuomorphism and into a completely flat design. Many are reporting that independent developers will not be happy with the change and the most recent writings in the press reports that Sir Jonny Ive’s design team are running late in finalising the design concepts.

Is this too much of a concern anyway? I don’t think so. If the changes that Ive is making are going to be so big we are not likely to see a new iOS right away, Apple are well known for their comprehensive design guidelines for developers like me to adhere to. I very much doubt the new updated guidelines are merely anything more than documents on Ive’s mac than any form of official documentation.

Ultimately, why not just sit back and wait and see what Apple produce come June, cease all the pointless speculation, and wait until we get a likely new device and iOS7 come October later this year. After all it appears web design alone is ahead of Apple in design aesthetics as far as “flat design” goes, so I guess as developers we are all slowly moving toward the new trend anyway.

Posted On: Friday, May 3rd, 2013 @ 10:28 am by Ian Tearle


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