iCloud is Flat: Whither OS X?

With the arrival of iOS 7, that new flat-featured operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, scheduled for today, Apple has unveiled a new design for iCloud, its web portal for accessing email, calendars, contacts and more. And iCloud is now flat:


This flatness is reproduced in each of the apps that iCloud provides. For example, here’s the iCloud Mail sidebar, which uses the same slim typography as iOS 7.


Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Reminders all take on the new look as well. But Pages, Numbers and Keynote do not have this new look. So will we see this new flat presentation in OS X? Currently, Apple is up to the eight developer release of OS X Mavericks, and there is no visible flatness; OS X Mavericks looks, for the most part, like Mountain Lion.

But if Apple is re-branding iCloud, I wouldn’t be surprised if they release a newly designed version of Mavericks before it reaches the public. As much as I find the iOS 7 design problematic on a mobile device – mostly because the fonts are too thin to be read easily when looking at a screen outdoors – I think it would work well on the desktop. Time will tell.