Scott Forstall, head of iOS and apparent fan of skeumorphism, has been booted out of Apple. Jony Ive, designer of beautiful hardware and previous critic of Apples software interface design takes over:
Amazingly, it’s said that Forstall’s coworkers were so excited to show him the door that they volunteered to split up his workload — Eddy Cue takes on Siri and Maps while OS X’s Craig Federighi gets iOS. And Ive, who has cemented his reputation as a legendary industrial designer over his two-decade Apple career, gets the opportunity to refresh an iOS user experience that has stagnated over the last several generations.
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the current iOS design philosophy, but I’m a huge fan of Jony Ives design sensibilities (even if he sometimes takes it too far, like the half-sized arrow keys on the keyboards). Now I’m suddenly excited to see iOS 7.