Apple has released its official companion application for next week's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and some users are speculating that the look and feel of the application could be a sneak preview of the next version of iOS.
The app itself appears to feature a clean, stripped-down take on the traditional iOS interface, replacing the glossy buttons on the traditional iOS interface with a cleaner, simplified icon style and colour scheme.
As others are noting, however, the cleaner, streamlined design of the application mirrors speculation from the industry on what the Jony Ive-inspired iOS overhaul will look like. The celebrated designer has had control over the direction of iOS since the departure of Scott Forstall last year.
That the iOS app could be a sneak peak on which interface tweaks the company will be rolling out at WWDC is very possible. While Apple is notoriously tight-lipped about its new products and rarely lets upcoming releases leak, the company has in the past teased portions about its releases with promotional materials in the days leading up to the events.
An update to iOS is sorely needed. Once far and away the standard for mobile interfaces, Apple has once again seen itself facing stepped-up competition from overhauled versions of Android and even Microsoft's innovative Windows Phone interface.
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