Today, we got our first look at iOS 7. Here, see how it compares to the current version, with today’s iPhone screenshots on the left and their fresh iOS 7 counterparts on the right.

Safari is a great example of how much UI chrome has been jettisoned. Plain white menu bars abound.

The redesign reaches far and wide, from the home screen to some of the iPhone’s least-celebrated native apps, like Stocks.

The Weather app gets an especially eye-catching update, with animated, dynamic backgrounds for each location.

The stock keyboard has been redesigned, too.

The music player goes from black to white, with bigger text for the artist and song info.

Game Center, that green-felted bastion of skeuomorphic excess, has been recast as a simple set of colored baubles.

Throughout, textures and gradients have been tossed out for simple white backgrounds.

Even the Dieter Rams-inspired calculator app gets a major overhaul (though the color pallet retains the homage).

In addition to giving you more relevant info, Siri’s result page has been updated too.

The new iMessages is a significant departure, leaving behind the shiny blue bubbles that iOS carried over from earlier versions of OS X.

The camera gets a new look, too.

Co.Design

See Apple's Remarkable Evolution From iOS 6 To iOS 7

How different is Apple’s redesigned mobile OS? Take a look in this side-by-side gallery.

Today, Apple gave the world its first peek of iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year. Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic, doing away with the skeuomorphic textures championed by Steve Jobs himself.

But just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself in this side-by-side gallery.

Those hoping for a radical redesign won’t be disappointed. Though the home screen remains the familiar grid of app icons, there’s no mistaking iOS 7 for its predecessors. All of the stock iOS apps were redesigned from the ground up, including a new dynamic weather app, a starkly minimalist Safari, and, yes, a thoroughly de-felted Game Center. Typography and color have been overhauled throughout.

But iOS 7 is only flat in a sense. While the interface does away with many of the gradients, bezels, and shadows that lent previous versions a faux 3-D effect, iOS 7 actually embraces the z-axis to a remarkable degree. A flashy parallax effect adds real depth to the home screen, letting you peek around and underneath icons to the wallpaper behind them. Overlays like the notification center and the new command center, which provides quick access to controls and toggles, are presented on a translucent backdrop, taking on the colors of whatever app happens to be running behind them.

It shows a willingness, in some cases, to stack functionality instead of isolating everything in its own, dedicated window. In all, it amounts to a significantly more layered experience. In other words, the UI may be flat; the UX is anything but.

Stepping back, though, what might be most noteworthy about iOS 7 is simply how much of a break it is from everything that came before--not only in terms of iPhones and iPads but Macs, too. Earlier versions of iOS borrowed all sorts of elements from OS X. Now, for the first time, Apple’s mobile devices are charting entirely new aesthetic territory.

Take a closer look at the new OS over on Apple’s site.

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  • Steve Pender

    Finally Jony Ive has some real control. We will start seeing some great minimalism, stripping things down to the core functionality. Brilliant creative minds know the value of a blank slate. All waste has unseen long-term costs as well. IOS 7 is a long-awaited breath of fresh air from the skeuomorphism that was making the iPhone look outdated in comparison to Android. I'm certain that we can look forward to some great things in the future.

  • Ziggy Stardust

    The icons look like shit. Any junior doing bad in graphic design could do something a hundred times better. Way to step back, Apple. This sucks.

  • Vivek Sood

    Quite a significant number of business models are fast becoming redundant - and the pace of redundancy is hastening. What is smart today, is not so smart tomorrow, and outright non-smart in a week's time. 

    Apple is exactly in the same situation now. Post Jobs, apple is still trying to find its stride. As I note in my book - The 5-STAR Business Network - product phasing is an art. Jobs was master of the art, and the current team is struggling on two fronts - new products and newer version of existing products.

    Changing economic situation, rapid globalization of supply chains, mega-bandwidth, emergence of 5-STAR Business models on global scale are all combining to create a situation where companies with large infrastructure, inventories and investments are rapidly finding these assets are more of liabilities. 

    Your business network is fast becoming the key determinant of your net worth. And, this applies to the companies as well as it applies to the individuals. I have covered this topic in great detail in my recently released book 'The 5-STAR Business Networks' and note there that a systematic and methodical use of business network for value creation on a global scale will not only save the companies, but also the economies as well the individuals. 

    Many have already started - and I cover a multitude of case examples in the book - while others are just starting on the journey. The stragglers and non-believers will lose out as usual - but it is a journey worth exploring. 

    In my book, I used Apple as a case study to show case the 5-STARS of an outstanding business network aka supply chain. But I also mentioned that I will not be surprised if post-Jobs Apple starts to falter. There are some signs of that already happening. 

    Vivek Sood
    Author
    The 5-STAR Business Networks

  • Sandeep Thakur

    Very nice and unbiased post. But redesign doesn't give Original Feel of Apple.
    Translucency reminds me of Window 7, and Home screen looks a bit cluttered. But i think its in progress, and the preview is unfinished yet... They can easily improve it....

  • HollE

    Why is this "remarkable" while Windows 8 was an "interesting departure." This is ground founded by Microsoft, and this iOS "Update" is nothing but a new skin made to mimic it's competitors. I have an iPhone and I love it, but I don't appreciate the blind worshiping of every move of Apple. They are vulnerable too. 

  • J Sturgis

    "Remarkable Evolution"? Seriously? I make more profound and impactful changes to my S4 on a daily basis. The difference between iOS 5, 6 & 7 is incredibly and embarrassingly negligible. Want to see a true redesign, look to MS or RIM or Gingerbread to Jelly Bean. Sorry Apple, simply pitiful. Fortunately for you the world is filled with fanboys and girls who are too deeply and emotionally invested to jump ship. On a positive note, at least iOS has finally caught up to Android circa 2012. You're getting closer!

  • Vinod

    I disagree in calling it a remarkable evolution. It looks very much like an earlier prototype. It looks like someone just removed bold from all the icons. Windows phone, here I come.

  • Raja S

    I hate this new design - it is not design at all.. It is not Apple design. It is Microsoft design. I guess, Ive is working for Microsoft now in Apple campus. iOS7 is full of hell.

  • Tszente

    In my opinion it looks like apple brought in a designer who is more familiar with windows products. Though I feel everything has a sleek look it truly looks more like something flat you would find on an android product. It really just does not have the same feel. As far as the similarities between the OSX and iOS, I always viewed that as a very smart way for apple to unify their products and give their users an easy translation between platforms.

  • Caro5

    The color hues are so close that it makes it a little difficult to see things easily. What effect will this have on colorblind people? I can understand wanting a 'new' brand vision for the look of iOS, and almost following the trend of flattening design, but I believe the icons and look should have a little more physical depth to it. Perhaps not as gradiented as the previous versions have been(all about the shiny!), and not just drop shadows to define things. I know I know I'm asking too much haha. But it does look quite beautiful. A happy look.

  • kayla21

    I realize Apple future strategy to create cheap iphone - and those pre-Ive photo/fabric-realistic user-interface/icons can be pretty resource-consuming. 

    But Apple will commit suicide by applying cheaper theme for cheaper phone to all of its mobile devices.

    It's like applying Samsung Y user-interface to Samsung Galaxy Note 2/Samsung IV

  • kayla21

    Have fun to see all whity display in Ipad - see if your eyes can handle it
    And with that overly-simplified, uglified icon & user interface, retina display would be meaningless.

    No need 2048 x 1536 ipad or 1136-by-640 iphone.230x240 screen can handle those ugliness

  • Robert Mackintosh

    If we think that its a battle for the consumers UI.   I think its about an internal battle between UI (x) and UI (y). Where as x and y have not fully understood the total market; but its good!
     

  • Fbnunes

    just bought an iPhone5 and already regret it. Not only the design is appaling but Apple has lost its strenght "listening to the customer". That's sad and ridiculous at the same time! Wish I had bought a Samsung 4s instead...

  • Sheldon Wolfe

    Remarkable? Really? It's mostly style changes that have little impact on functionality. The calculator is the remarkable exception: it appears some of the functions have been removed.