Eight iOS 7 Flat UI Mockups: Is This What Your Next iPhone Will Look Like?

With Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference just a month a way, rumours continue to surface that iOS 7 could see a major UI overhaul. Word on the street is that Jony Ive and his team at Apple are going for a very “flat” look. Since then, many designers have put together some interesting mockups and concepts together speculating on how a flat iOS 7 might look. Some are a bit radical, others seem more realistic. Here are a few of our favourites.

The first is a possibly one of the more dramatic changes we’ve seen. In this design, Dámaso Benítez elects to go with three icons per row, rather than the current four. If we’re being honest, we think this is very unlikely. With that being said, the design aesthetic has a nice playfulness to it.

Kyle Adams offers his version of a “minimal and flat UI” for the lockscreen. Compared to the current lockscreen, not much has change functionally, but a lot of the UI chrome found in iOS 6 is gone. Clean.

Jesse Head re-imagines the app switcher allowing users to see more information. Rather than just seeing an icon, his concept introduces previews that allow users to see what they were doing in that app last. He’s even put together a video showing the concept in action.

Alex Iv puts together something that we think is more realistic by simply de-chroming iOS. Though he takes away the text labels, it still retains a fresh, clean look without changing much of iOS.

Pieter Goris offers his take on the Messages app by stripping out the messaging bubbles we’ve all come to know with both Mac OS and iOS. He also replaces they keyboard with a darker, more subtle look. Very clean.

Anton Kovalev‘s mockup looks very much like a flatted iOS 6 without any gloss. Some of the icons have a slight drop shadow giving them a bit of depth too.

This rendition by John Menard remind us of Windows Phone and looks very much like Dámaso Benítez‘s concept above but with sharp corners. The big, bright boxes offer a different approach that’s not very iOS-like. Probably the most radical concept we’ve seen.

Finally, this concept by Manu Gamero, which is also remisant of Alex Iv‘s, takes a lot of the current iOS look and feel and removes the glitter. It actually looks similar to what we saw on the WWDC invitation with the brighter colours.

All in all, we’ll have to wait a month to find out what Apple has in store for the next version of iOS. If the rumours are true, it should be pretty exciting.

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    Very windows phone (especially the chat mockup). Very nice.

      Not really, WP is completely flat, no gradients or dropshadows, no curved corners or anything.
      I'd say it looks closer to Android/Holo than WP.

        The colours though on some of the images remind me of a Windows phone.

          More windows than anything else.

    That one on the left of the header image looks spectacular.

    I would not hate it if iOS went this way. It looks very moden and I like that look.

    Biggest issue is that for any of these to really work every app developer would need to release an icon in the same style, or things would look crap. You can flatten out the UI without needing a new icon for every app.

    I think we will more likely see the removal of the harsh 3D effects (like the messaging bubbles), and a complete wiping of 'real world' textures.

    As a WebOS fan I do love the app switching change.

    Would also love to see them make better use of the notification area and even the search screen.

    DIslike all of them, except Jesse Head's design. Why would you make iOS's beautiful high quality icons flat and ugly. The devices all have retina screens now, so they should be using that to the maximum potential.

      Agreed: They don't look like Apple. Simple as that. In fact they have more in common with WP and I'm sure Apple will want to move away from any comparisons. They have those bloody hi res screens, why would you want to under utilise that feature?

    I like the last one and Alex's. The current style is far too glossy and 'cute' for my tastes. And people wonder why most of the apps on the app store don't have glossy icons...

    My least favourite is Jesse Head's. I'd prefer not letting everyone see what I have been looking at thankyou.


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    I don't get it. I post something and it never appears.

    sooo.... looks like a stripped down android device with all the iRestrictions still in place? *awesome*


    I don't see much real change here apart from icons and and lock screen re-stylings. Let's hope Apple have alot more on offer come June.

    ew. . .
    No thanks. I agree iOS feels a bit stale but these designs are far from a solution

    so they've just made it look more like holo android... can't wait to hear what comes out of my apple fan friends' mouths about this one.

    Removing the gloss doesn't really promote Retina Display, don't you think?

    If they adopt such WMish design there's a chance they'll get sued.

    Stop getting your pants in a knot. These are just mockups from people who are guessing what it will look like. Its been included in the hope of clickthrough revenue.

    Mock ups aside, I really hope iOS 7 finally provides some sort of ability to customise the content of the lock screen with useful widgets/feeds etc.

    I've been considering the jump from iPhone to an Android device for a while now, and with Android introducing so many new features and customisations (such as those on the galaxy S4), whilst iOS remains stale, it's even more incentive to jump ship.

    Impress me Apple, please!

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