The introduction of the radically-redesigned iOS 7 brought a shock to the system of many everyday iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users back in September, but after the previous year’s Maps fiasco and the subsequent shake-up this led to in the iOS design team, the techies among us saw it coming. With Jony Ive’s influence now apparent throughout the company’s mobile OS, we fully expect OS X to follow suit given Apple’s craving for uniformity, and designer Danny Giebe has presented us with a concept idea of what this may look like.
As well as using our better judgment to determine that Apple will almost certainly tweak its desktop software to follow the same design language as iOS, there have been reports that OS X 10.10 – operating under the codename ‘Syrah’ – would deliver a much flatter UI throughout, and Giebe’s approach gives us a visual idea of the kind of thing we may eventually see later on this year.
As you can see, it’s very clean, and utilizes the same frosted effect that can right the way through iOS 7. Giebe, like Apple, has also paid quite a bit of attention to detail, including subtle, circular icons with the Mail app, and even though the concept does exude many of iOS 7′s traits, it also retains the identity of OS X, keeping a good balance.
Even though we’re admittedly not blown away by this concept, we’re definitely taken it by its simplicity, and as such, can definitely imagine the final version of iOS 10.10 being as aesthetically impressive as iOS 7 is.
Apple tends to use the Worldwide Developers Conference as an opportunity to showcase future updates to the Mac software, and although no date has been confirmed as yet, we’d expect the event to be held in June, as it was last year. Following the keynote announcement of OS X 10.10, we’d also anticipate a beta release to manifest itself via the developer channels, and so if you’re looking forward to what could be a major design overhaul, you’ve only a couple of months left to wait before the previews arrive.
What do you think of the design? Do you think OS X needs a new, flatter interface? Do share your comments below!
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