Following the many reports we brought you last week, most of which claimed to have details on Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone, a reader of The Verge – who goes by the name of ‘gizmosachin’ – has this week posted a number of mockups of the kinds of features and UI elements that they believe the next-iteration of iOS could arrive with.
Particularly interesting is the mockup’s depiction of the OS’s toolbar colour, which is shown as looking a matte ‘Silver’. As it stands, the version of iOS that runs on the iPhone still has Apple’s stock ‘Blue’-tinted look, largely thanks to the firm taking advantage of UIKit’s widget styling.
However, it appears that may be about to change.
Just several days ago, we reported Apple had outed its official app for this year’s WWDC. Interestingly, though, the application failed to follow the previous style of the iPhone‘s core UI traits, with Apple instead choosing to opt for a metal (or silver) finish for the app’s menus and tab-bar elements.
This, CultOfMac’s Killian Bell says, could be your first glimpse at the future of iOS.
And, it’s not just Apple’s new WWDC app that may give us some hints as to the firm’s future plans for the look of iOS. In fact, iPhoto for iOS – which made its original debut on the App Store back in March – also features these same user interface traits.
The core apps and features in Apple’s iOS operating system have looked largely remained unchanged since the original iPhone made its debut back in 2007. Put certain iOS 5 apps — Calendar, Contacts, Maps, YouTube — alongside those from the original iPhone OS and you’ll notice hardly any difference.
However, Apple could be gearing up to make some changes in iOS 6 that will introduce a fresh new look to the iPhone. This summer we could be waving goodbye to that traditional iPhone blue that has adorned iOS apps for the past five years and saying hello to sexy silver.
This move would make a lot of sense for Apple, especially as – (as Bell notes) – the OS’s overall look has largely remained the same since its initial introduction alongside the first iPhone, back in 2007.
You can see all of gizmosachin’s mock-ups of Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone – (including a mockup of how that rumored 4-inch display and repositioned FaceTime camera module may work out) – by heading to The Verge Forums.