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It was discovered on Wednesday that icons for two of Apple's first-party iOS apps were modified to take on the "flat" aesthetic seen in iOS 7, suggesting the software will be updated in the coming weeks.

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As noted by an AppleInsider reader, the revamped icons for iPhoto and GarageBand first appeared in iOS Settings under iCloud's "Storage Management" section. As of this writing, the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are all showing the new iconography.

Because the graphical assets in the storage management pane are pulled directly from Apple's servers when a user opens the settings menu, it can be guessed that an Apple employee inadvertently uploaded the icons. It is not yet clear if the assets are actually tied to reworked software, though the flat, colored gradient designs are in line with the most recent icons made for bundled iOS 7 apps.

When Apple unveiled iOS 7 in June, it introduced a number of redesigns for pre-installed apps like Photos, Safari, Mail, and Messages, among others. The company's for-pay apps, however, did not receive the same treatment and have yet to changed.

Considering Apple's move to make the iWork suite, iPhoto and iMovie apps free with the purchase of a new iOS device, the appearance of redesigned icons points to a near future update. Icons for the iWork suite and iMovie retained their usual appearance in the Settings menu.

If the first-party software is indeed updated, it is unknown whether they will receive the same overhaul as Apple's built-in apps, which were completely redesigned to match iOS 7's aesthetic. Although free, apps like iPhoto and iMovie still need to be downloaded by new device users, though this too may change after a redesign. It should be noted that GarageBand remains a $4.99 paid app.

On Tuesday, Apple sent out invitations to a special event scheduled for Oct. 22, at which many anticipate the company to reveal a new iPad lineup. While rumors of an app revamp have been all but nonexistent, it is possible that new versions of the iWork suite, as well as iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand and others may debut alongside the tablets.
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It should also be mentioned that at WWDC the presenter for iWork while taking about iWork in the cloud- mentioned that they would be updating iWork soon. So I would assume this is it. Can't wait.

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Garage band and iPhoto are not part of iWorks. That means 5 apps being updated, including these two.
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Garage band and iPhoto are not part of iWorks. That means 5 apps being updated, including these two.

Gah! iWork not iWorks.

 

I don't get why some people insist on calling it iWorks. Its iWork people! You don't call iLife, iLives....

 

 

 

EDIT: And even AppleInsider called it iWorks suite.... No, its just the iWork Suite.

Another side note, iWork entails: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

GarageBand and iMovie are a part of the iLife suite...

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Flat aesthetics more like CRAP aesthetics!! I have seen two year olds come up with better aesthetics then all this crap!
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Flat aesthetics more like CRAP aesthetics!! I have seen two year olds come up with better aesthetics then all this crap!

It was Inevitable.. the fact that the icons would change and the fact that some people would crib about it.

I will be sorry to see the old Garageband icon go though. The electric guitar is the most good looking instrument. While the new icon is still an electric guitar, it is more a drawing than a rendering/ photo.

Oh well, maybe they will merge well with the other icons in iOS 7.
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Garage band and iPhoto are not part of iWorks. That means 5 apps being updated, including these two.
Gah! iWork not iWorks.

I don't get why some people insist on calling it iWorks. Its iWork people! You don't call iLife, iLives....



EDIT: And even AppleInsider called it iWorks suite.... No, its just the iWork Suite.
Another side note, iWork entails: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
GarageBand and iMovie are a part of the iLife suite...

They probably have been using Apple products a long time and remember the ClarisWorks (or AppleWorks) suite of applications.
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Flat aesthetics more like CRAP aesthetics!! I have seen two year olds come up with better aesthetics then all this crap!

It was Inevitable.. the fact that the icons would change and the fact that some people would crib about it.

I will be sorry to see the old Garageband icon go though. The electric guitar is the most good looking instrument. While the new icon is still an electric guitar, it is more a drawing than a rendering/ photo.

Oh well, maybe they will merge well with the other icons in iOS 7.

I just hope they haven't flattened the graphics within the app the same way. Garageband is one place where the skeumorphic graphics really work.
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When something that has to be represented, demands more complex icon items, flat icons look really bad....Those 2 are another example. There are many good icons in iOS7, but those 2 will join Safari, Voice memos, Photos and Calendar....

 

Flat desing on iOS7 shows there is no black&white world or esthetics. Flat is not ultimately "beautiful in simplicity" and skeuomorphic is not uniformly too "heavy". I will miss skeuomorphic on the Mac. It is soooo distinctive. You know exactly this is a Mac screen  and not some Windows skin.

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I just hope they haven't flattened the graphics within the app the same way. Garageband is one place where the skeumorphic graphics really work.

 

They will. As they did in Xcode. They will do it all over the place. Not at once, of course. Every remains of Forstall must be removed, otherwise it would suggest his work made sense. Clash of egos continues before our own eyes, where many of them shed tears :D

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I will be sorry to see the old Garageband icon go though. The electric guitar is the most good looking instrument.

It will be most interesting how Apple will deal with Garageband on iOS 7 since this is one of the few apps (along with iBooks) that skeuomorphic works really great. 

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They will do it all over the place. Not at once, of course. Every remains of Forstall must be removed, otherwise it would suggest his work made sense. Clash of egos continues before our own eyes, where many of them shed tears :D

Craig is a nice human being and maybe a great engineer but his taste is not as fine as Forstall.

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It will be most interesting how Apple will deal with Garageband on iOS 7 since this is one of the few apps (along with iBooks) that skeuomorphic works really great. 

 

It will look exactly the same as all others do: retro post WWI style where all Bosch design takes roots from. We will be persuaded this is a great for software...I really don't hate flat, it works fabulous for many things. I just think is is not something what we like in software.

 

Do you know any app where skeuomorphic didn't work well?

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Craig is a nice human being and maybe a great engineer but his taste is not as fine as Forstall.

I meant more on a clash between Scott and Jonny. Craig, as you said, is a first class engineer. I'm not sure his voice is heard much when deciding about design nowadays...

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Do you know any app where skeuomorphic didn't work well?

Podcast app. :D  It's so atrocious I felt relieved when it got update the last time. That shows how Forstall also went too far. Much like Jony Ives.

 

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I meant more on a clash between Scott and Jonny. Craig, as you said, is a first class engineer. I'm not sure his voice is heard much when deciding about design nowadays...

 

I simply don't think Jony has a grasp on what a good interface should be, but Craig should take a blame too. Some of his decision is just as bad. Like you can tap 2-arrows on YouTube video to bring it to fullscreen but no such arrows to bring it back.


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Podcast app. :D  It's so atrocious I felt relieved when it got update the last time. That shows how Forstall also went too extreme. Much like Jony Ives.

 

 

 

You got that, right, yeah! :)  This one was a vast improvement. I can't say I liked completely Scott's way, but up to now, it seems at least from the software visual design, it made more sense than what Jonny is trying to do...

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Now that is beautiful "stencil artwork" almost.
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iOS 7 gets uglier by the day. Windows 8 is starting to look nice in comparison. Jony Ives is a failure in my eyes. When they fired Forstall, I had no idea, what it meant. I bought the iPhone 5s, and I can tell you that iOS 7 has no logic about how most apps work. I found "features" by accident. An accidental swipe here or there and I found something in the way an app would interact. No visual clue exists most of the time of whatfeatures an app has. You can do certain swipes with certain apps, but, not with others. I got used to the look, but, the useability is just bad at times. What swipe does what? Where do you find something? No visual clues at all. Minimalism is just bad. My iPad will never see iOS 7, EVER. May be my last iPhone too. Rehire Forestall, and fix this mess. The loss of Steve Jobs is great indeed.
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Rehire Forestall, and fix this mess. The loss of Steve Jobs is great indeed.

Can't. He won't co-operate with others. Now the progress will be quicker but the catch is.. the apps and OS won't be as refined and elegant as in Forstall's era.

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This is so fugly it makes me want to cry... I haven't updated from iOS 6 & don't plan to and the first Mac OS X that will pursue this idiotic UI design, will be the first Mac OS X version I won't updgrade to. I didn't mind when they tuned down the stripes and brushed metal in early Mac OS X versions, but this is too much to swallow. 

 

Sorry Johny, you've really dropped the ball on this one

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New icon design is Apple's strategy to steal customers who like Android's UI.... LOL

 

I have given up buying 5S and plan to upgrade my old iPad 2 because I just cannot tolerate the new UI.

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I totally disagree with the comments in this thread but at least it doesn't follow the APPLE ARE NEVER WRONG mantra in threads about pricing.
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They will. As they did in Xcode. They will do it all over the place. Not at once, of course. Every remains of Forstall must be removed, otherwise it would suggest his work made sense. Clash of egos continues before our own eyes, where many of them shed tears 1biggrin.gif

I wonder why he is keeping so quiet? He could write a book, appear on TV, be a thorn in Apples side. They hardly bought him off as he was rich by then anyway.

Seems like he is waiting in the wings waiting for the palace coup.
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I don't really use Garageband much, but I just hope that it doesn't end up looking like Ableton Live or something. The minimalist, flat look can indeed be taken too far, and not all apps will benefit from such a look, IMO. What's next, a realistic looking Pinball game app is going to go all flat and minimalistic too?

 

Realistic looking interfaces still have their place, especially in many music apps. If I'm using a music app that's an emulation of a real instrument like a synth, I like the display to look exactly like that real instrument, not some simple, flat blueprint of it. If I'm watching porn, I'd prefer to see real porn with real people and not have to watch flat people in pastel colors with no shadows or detail.

 

My point is, keep the realism in certain apps. Just because the OS itself is in a flat phase, that doesn't mean that the flatness has to spread to everywhere.

 

I'm also guessing that this flat, minimalist phase is just a trend, and in a few years time, something else will come along. Everything gets stale eventually. Skirt lengths go up and down, and so does OS design trends.

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This is so fugly it makes me want to cry... I haven't updated from iOS 6 & don't plan to and the first Mac OS X that will pursue this idiotic UI design, will be the first Mac OS X version I won't updgrade to. I didn't mind when they tuned down the stripes and brushed metal in early Mac OS X versions, but this is too much to swallow. 

 

Sorry Johny, you've really dropped the ball on this one

I couldn't agree more. iOS7 is such a disappointment, unintuitive, bad contrast, thin lines, terrible icons etc. I wish I hadn't upgraded, but can't be bothered with the hassle of downgrading back to iOS6. I dread to think how the graphics will come out in Mavericks. The intuitiveness is disappearing from Apple software, year by year, getting more like Windows - ugh.

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I couldn't agree more. iOS7 is such a disappointment, unintuitive, bad contrast, thin lines, terrible icons etc. I wish I hadn't upgraded, but can't be bothered with the hassle of downgrading back to iOS6. I dread to think how the graphics will come out in Mavericks. The intuitiveness is disappearing from Apple software, year by year, getting more like Windows - ugh.

 

I'm with most others here. I really ABSOLUTELY HATE the new iOS 7 look. It makes me almost physically ill – especially when I think of the really beautiful icons from iOS 6 that are being thrown away in favour of the most appalling rubbish.

 

These two new iPhoto/Garageband icons are a really great example of all that's wrong with the new approach. They take two particularly beautiful existing icons – icons that are attractive, distinctive and eye-catching – and replace them with banal, ugly-as-hell monstrosities that fail in their job as icons in every way.

 

The new two-colour appearance helps them to get lost among all the other disgustingly lurid iOS 7 icons, so they're now much harder to spot at a glance; all the beauty that was once there is gone, and even the colours chosen are nasty.

 

The thing that really gets me about these two new icons, though, is that clearly absolutely no thought at all has gone into their content! They're just the existing icon designs recreated in two colours, basically. And that's a brain-dead approach that I'd never have imagined from Apple until now. The old icons worked because they were realistic and beautiful. The new icons do not, because they're not even iconic! They just take the realistic elements from the old icons and render them in mono, which doesn't work at all. If Apple really wanted flat, monochrome icons, it should have started from scratch and done new designs that worked meaningfully in that way. That palm tree in the iPhoto icon in particular looks ridiculous. The icon does not have a recognisable-at-a-glance iconic effect; it's just a mess in the area where the three photo edges and the palm tree 'collide'. Everything about these new icons just shrieks "inept"!

 

Remember the story about how Steve Jobs would get obsessed with icons to the extent that he complained to someone that a single pixel was the wrong colour? My god, I wish he could come back and fire the bozos who are presiding over the systematic destruction of the most beautiful interface in the world – the interface that he took such pains over himself. Steve Jobs had taste, and iOS 7 is conclusive proof that whoever is now taking user interface decisions does not. If it's Jony Ive (and I assume it is), he really ought to be ashamed of himself. He's squandering the trust placed in him and really ruining what made Apple distinctive. And for no good reason.

 

Until now, I've always had complete confidence that whatever Apple came up with would be beautiful and presented in excellent taste. But that time is now over. I hate the new direction so much that if there were any sensible alternative to buying Apple I'd probably take it. I've got a new iPhone 5s and I don't even like it much; I really miss my 4S, which was beautiful. (OK, I like the phone, but I hate its new interface and even its wonky accelerometer is a big step backwards from the 4S.) The best taste in the world is being unceremoniously dumped and replaced with Fisher-Price. And that's an unfair insult to Fisher-Price, who at least create appropriate-looking products for their market, which Apple is no longer doing.

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love the new iOS7 interface. Love it all. I have always loved apples interface designs and functionality, this one tops them all

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Damn, I just released my lunch!
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I agree with most post on this board. What I hate most is the all white theme. I hate the way iMessage, Notes, iMail, Game Center and iTunes looks.  When typing in iMessage, Notes, iMail its like typing into a flashlight, no matter how much you adjust the brightness its still too bright. iTunes?. Well what a mess the icons the menus, things that was obvious like (Up Next) button are missing. I use Remote to DJ thru the MacBook Pro where I keep my music, it sucks now trying to setup songs. I couldn't find the Play Next so i had to do things manually, until I stumbled upon the hidden feature. Why hide that? I miss the DJ feature :(.

 

Sorry for the rant. I hope this makes some sense its early I am still fuzzy. :)

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Skeumorphics looked especially cheesy in Notepad and Calendar with that awful fake leather header. 

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Skeumorphics looked especially cheesy in Notepad and Calendar with that awful fake leather header. 

true, it went too far, but if you were bothered (as I was for instance), there was a small utility to tweak it and you got nice clean window again... I always change Dock appearance to 2D from default 3D, which I can't simply stand looking at and using, and even though the Dock's side positions in OS X 10.9 look perfect, 'Tiger' like, it seems that there's no possibility to change it in its default bottom position. Also, Candy bar (icon tweaking utility from Panic), had been discontinued some time ago, which also indicates rather profound changes that Apple is doing in the UI and how they close slowly on customization of Mac OS X (which was never as big as in Windows).

 

That being said, I have no problem sticking with OS X 10.8 or 10.9 (it looks pretty much like functional upgrade to Mountain lion, rather than transition from OS 9 to OS X), so if they really will go the MS path in few years and merge iOS and OS X UI, I will not upgrade anymore and they won't see a single penny from me. 

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I like iOS 7. But as someone who uses Find My Friends often (my kids), Apple really needs to do something with it. That app is easily the ugliest, always has been.
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For so long, people on this forum and others like it, were complaining that iOS was getting stale, old, tired looking, blah blah and more blah. With iOS 7 we got a new look and we now have many coming out against this new look.

Goes to show that you can not please everyone all of the time. 

There are legitimate gripes about iOS 7, like artist/album view, in the Music app, that has now turned artist into one big playlist.

There are many positives as well, like control center and its quick access to certain functions.

 

To me, installing iOS 7 was like getting a new phone. I like it. If you don't like the look, just remember, they're just icons and that the underlying program is still there.   

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They probably have been using Apple products a long time and remember the ClarisWorks (or AppleWorks) suite of applications.

I have often wondered why I always write and say iWorks but have no problem with iLife... you are exactly right, It is because AppleWorks is still deep in the gray cells.
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I like iOS 7. But as someone who uses Find My Friends often (my kids), Apple really needs to do something with it. That app is easily the ugliest, always has been.

I have joked here a few times that 'Find My Friends' must be a homage to Scott. It is truly terrible isn't it?

Regarding Garage Band's icon ... I wonder if the entire application has also gone flat in the next iteration? I sincerely hope not. That is one of the few applications where it works great. Using an amp or a synth and seeing the real look and feel is very productive IMHO (and I include Logic Pro X which I use daily) and I'd be very sad if all internal graphics flatten. I can just imagine the mixer being reduced to a stark white look with a few, very thin black and red lines, and having to stare it it trying to figure out where the slider buttons are ... shudder.

Otherwise like you, I like most of iOS7. Only Calendar seems to have gone too far, which is ironic.
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post #36 of 60
I'm fine with the icons going flat, BUT these look like something MSFT would come up with. The new iOS7 settings icon needs to DIAF too.
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I just want an update to the desktop version of iPhoto to have the same feature suite as the iOS version. Also a better way to sync iPhoto libraries between the desktop and iOS version would be nice. It's a pain if you edit a photo on the iPad and would like it to show up on the Mac (you have to save it to the camera roll, delete the original on the computer, and reimport. Plus it'll save two copies on the iPad which isn't great)

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I mostly like iOS7 and am amazed what Ive and Craig have accomplished in less than a year: complete overhaul in design, added some functionality and … created a 64bit version. I also am aware that this is a transition to a new mobile device era. Yes, we all feel the need of refining the design. Yes, there is need to rethink usability. And yes, there is need to integrate more within iOS and between iOS and OSX apps.

 

I think Apple is delivering and incredibly smooth transition and I believe we are just seeing the peak of the iceberg. In 2014 we are going to be blown away in hardware, applications and iCloud while iOS7 and Syrah are going to be refinements to the platform.

 

If not, I had some nice wishful thinking… can't harm. :)

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What is wrong with the current iPhoto icon that would warrant being replaced by yet another sterile Teletubby replacement? iOS7 has too much white and turquoise in it already- too sterile IMHO- which make these colors all the more garish. Was the color palette chosen by the Crayolas one would most likely trash?
I'm so glad I got a space grey/black iPhone this time. Tones it all down some. My 4S was white but after I installed iOS 7 it was headache inducing.
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I like iOS 7. But as someone who uses Find My Friends often (my kids), Apple really needs to do something with it. That app is easily the ugliest, always has been.

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