Now that Scott Forstall is out at Apple, I wonder if skeuomorphic apps like Contacts, Find My Friends and Reminders will be re-designed. According to Austin Carr at Fast Company, there was a lot of tension at Apple over skeuomorphic design choices:
“Inside Apple, tension has brewed for years over the issue. Apple iOS SVP Scott Forstall is said to push for skeuomorphic design, while industrial designer Jony Ive and other Apple higher-ups are said to oppose the direction. ‘You could tell who did the product based on how much glitz was in the UI,’ says one source intimately familiar with Apple’s design process.
But before Forstall, it was Steve Jobs who encouraged the skeuomorphic approach, some say.”
Now that Forstall’s out and Ive — who’s reportedly opposed to skeuomorphic design — has taken over his duties, I wonder if less “glitzy” updates to apps like Find My Friends are in the works.