iOS 7 design input key from Jony Ive

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Following on from some comments on Google Glass from Apple CEO Tim Cook, the busy man also took the time to discuss iOS 7 at the All Things Digital D11 event in California. We know that famed iPhone designer Jony Ive is going to have an input in the new software, but now Tim Cook has revealed that Ive actually has played a ‘key’ part in the upcoming redesign.

iOS 7 is set to be the main highlight of WWDC 2013 and consumers are especially excited to see a new version of iOS that has been designed by Ive, who is usually only designated to hardware duties. However, he has now been tasked with the refresh for iOS 7 and convincing consumers that iOS is the software of choice over the likes of Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.

Without wanting to reveal the key changes to iOS7 at D11, Tim Cook did say that Ive has been ‘really key’ to the next software update, adding that the work he has done for Apple so far has been ‘really incredible’. Ive has been solely responsible for the design of the iPhone in recent years and consumers are starting to get excited about the elegant and simplistic approach that he is planning for iOS 7.

We could be seeing a complete redesign from Ive, where ‘less is more’, in relation to an alternative to endless pages of apps on the homescreen with each iteration of iOS year on year. It now means that Ive is arguably the most important figure in Apple’s hierarchy, since he now has to oversee the key design changes in both hardware and software with future product releases.

Do you have a feeling that iOS 7 could be the best version of Apple’s mobile OS yet, with Ive at the helm of operations? Let us know what kind of design elements you would like to see changed, compared to iOS 6.

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