Is the App Store the Source of Apple’s Inspiration?
Is Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) getting its best ideas from third-party application developers? According to unnamed sources cited by The Verge, Jony Ive derived some of his inspiration for iOS 7’s minimalist appearance from several App Store apps that were recommended to him.
Some of the apps that Ive reportedly looked at included task manger app Any.do, music app Rdio, and word game Letterpress. All three of these apps feature an uncluttered design style that closely resembles iOS 7’s minimalist appearance.
On the other hand, Ive was already well-known for his minimalist hardware design before he was tapped to work on iOS 7. Apple’s latest mobile operating system is the most radically redesigned iteration of iOS since it was originally unveiled in 2007. Ive eliminated the skeuomorphic design elements that had long been a hallmark of Apple’s software and gave iOS 7 an appearance that more closely meshed with Apple’s hardware design.