by Joe White
June 3, 2013
With one week to go until Apple takes to the stage at WWDC 2013 to unveil an anticipated redesign to the appearance of its mobile operating system, a purported image of the iOS 7 Home screen has surfaced online (pictured above). As you can see, the stock application icons in Apple's revamped mobile OS exhibit a so-called "flat" design, said to be the result of Jony Ive's long-rumored influence on iOS 7. Already, we know that iOS 7 is being used by Apple employees in the United States. Now, however, iDownloadBlog claims that the above image, which reached the website from Sonny Dickson, could be a legitimate picture taken of the iOS 7 Home screen. Indeed, the design pictured in the above image adheres to the countless reports we've heard, which assert that Ive is "shunning realistic images, such as wood bookshelves for the Newsstand feature," and is in the process of giving iOS 7 a simpler, less skeuomorphic design. Based on the above picture, designer Surenix has reproduced an image showing how the seventh iteration of Apple's mobile operating system could look. In addition to the new "flat" design, the gloss effect which adorns particular app icons in iOS 6 is shown to have disappeared in the above image of iOS 7, as have the Settings and Reminders apps' borders. The 73-degree temperature icon on the Weather app has been removed (clouds also appear to feature in the iOS 7 Weather app), and the Phone app's diagonal stripes have been replaced with a solid green design. Finally, the lens on the Camera app icon is bigger, and both the Game Center and Videos applications appear to have received a design overhaul, however neither app is particularly visible in the above image. Before you get too excited, though, do note that we can't be sure whether the above picture is legitimate - after all, we'll know nothing for certain until Apple unveils the new operating system next week. Here's hoping Apple's WWDC keynote doesn't disappoint. We'll keep you updated with further news as it becomes available.