The next update for the iOS is rumored to feature a “very, very flat” interface according to 9to5mac’s sources. It has a level of flatness similar to Windows Phone and Metro UI, says one of their sources. I wonder how iOS users are going to react to this change.
A “flat design” removes artificial elements like lighting effects that make buttons and controls look like they’re made from metal. Take a look at the majority of Windows Phone app icons and native apps. I have some likes and dislikes about this design.
I’m glad that there are three different sizes for icons, but I’m not a fan of apps that use the default tile color as background. For example, having a homescreen filled with mostly red icons become boring. I wonder if iOS is going to follow this implementation too.
The design language on Windows Phone is more typography-based. It relies more on words and less on graphics. While I do like this approach, I sometimes feel there’s too much text on some apps. For example, I think the header titles on the Facebook app for Windows Phone takes too much space. I like how the new Tumblr for Windows Phone handles header titles. They disappear when you scroll down, taking advantage of the screen space.
What are your thoughts on flat design?