Developers with access to the beta version of iCloud.com received a surprise today when the website was updated to reflect the design principles of iOS 7. At some point, this had to happen, with iCloud.com serving as a intrinsic sibling to iOS. From the point you reach the portal, the changes are apparent. Gone is the brushed aluminum login box, replaced with a vector cloud icon set against a white backdrop. The linen clad background has been shed, in favor of softer, blueish silver.
The icons have also been updated, essentially becoming larger versions of what’s on iOS 7. Beta apps include Pages, Numbers and Keynote. While these are beta, they don’t share the new icon design. This is the first we’ve seen of the Find My iPhone app getting its iOS 7 makeover treatment. A simplified, flatter version of the 3D-like icon that exists in iOS 6.
Within each app are the changes we’ve seen thus far. An healthy dose of white space, with Helvetica Neue as the default typeface. As you’ll see in the video demo, not much has changed in terms of functionality. It features a completely new UI and elements, but it works the same way.
There is something about seeing iOS 7 take shape on the web that brings us to the big question:
“When will Apple complete the design loop and roll-out the iOS 7 design philosophy to Mac OS X?”
Apple probably would have liked to have had all their Helvetica Neue based ducks in a row for this fall. It would have been too much, too soon. This allows Apple time to refine the design of iOS 7 and create a truly unified design with Mac OS X at WWDC 14. Would you be on board with iOS 7 design coming to Mac?