Despite the fact that since Apple’s rejection from skeuomorph in iOS, it took six years, there are still those who still dreams about his return. During this time, a new generation of users who never encountered with this design concept and, most likely, will not collide, because Apple is unlikely to return to its use. Still, usually in Cupertino prefer not to look backwards, but to move only in a future where there is no place for the outdated practices. But why not to dream?
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Designer Alexander Pluto decided to dream up on the theme of how could look like iOS, if Apple went back to using skeuomorph. He took the core idea of this concept, modernize them and did some renders of a mobile application in a long-forgotten style. The result, frankly, is ambiguous. On the one hand, it seems to be a skeuomorph, but a little too slick. But see for yourself.
How does the skeuomorph in iOS
Since the skeuomorph in design of interfaces involves copying the objects of the material world, the designer approached the issue of designing even too responsible. For example, he for some reason decided that it would be appropriate to put in interface similarity calculator screen which shows you the amount of desired credit limit in the banking application. At first glance it may seem that the way it should be, however the Apple in my memory, avoided such explicit Parallels with the real world and, therefore, we should have done and conceptbakery.
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However, the calculator screen is my only complaint about the concept, because all the other elements seem quite appropriate. Instead of flat buttons, responsible for the Commission of certain actions, the designer has relied on volume keys to best allocate them and uplift conditional on the flat interface, and the slider he replaced the ribbed scroll wheel like on old radios.
Thus to denote the function or the section to which the user came from, using the effect of the pressed button, not highlight, as in the current version of the OS. Not to say that this is not enough current iOS, but it’s definitely much easier to determine what section you are in the moment.
Why iOS don’t need a skeuomorph
This design generally does not cause rejection, but as for me, well only as a concept. Personally I use something like this on a regular basis wouldn’t – I’m too used to the flat interface, with its ease and visual ease. Skeuomorph design also creates a feeling of overall congestion and generally gives something old and irrelevant, despite the attachment of the background. Don’t know how relevant this analogy, but I like this interface resembles cyberpunk: look nice, but when it comes to practice, you know that it is better to choose something else.
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For me it is obvious that the skeuomorph in iOS is a passed stage. Unlike keyboard “scissors”, for which Apple came back because had no other choice to rely on the return of the skeuomorph, probably not worth it. Still, the company has formed the style of their operating systems that if it requires rework, it is clearly insignificant, and the radical change of the design code is guaranteed to lead to the fact that all elements of the platform will start working as it should, and the developers need a couple years to recover.