Scott Forstall is out at Apple, but his stamp on the company’s ecosystem is still overwhelmingly enormous. As the architect behind iOS, his adoration for skeumorphism is present in every single iPhone and iPad on the market. But it likely won’t stay that way under the watchful eye of Apple’s Jony Ive.
“Ive is said to loathe skeumorphist designs,” according to AppleInsider. That’s music to millions and millions of ears. The tacky “real life” design aesthetic was always a weak spot of iOS, and Forstall’s orchestration of these ideas ran deep, from Game Center, to Notes, to Newsstand, etc., etc. There was no escaping it.
But Ive, who is responsible for designing the iPod, iPhone, iMac, you name it, is planning to put his signature touch on both iOS and OS X. “Clean edges, flat surfaces will likely replace the textures that are all over the place right now,” one unnamed Apple designer said.
“As head of Human Interface at Apple, Ive is expected to cut back on the type of unnecessary flourish that can be found in some of the company’s current software offerings,” AppleInsider said.
Hopefully along with Ive’s minimalist design approach, he’ll introduce some innovative new features to the iOS and OS X platforms. It’ll be mighty interesting to see if the company can wow its loyal fanbase when iOS 7 eventually rolls around.