Apple’s Approach In The Built-In Apps Redesign on iOS 7
*Writing this post so I can refer to it in the future.
“iOS 7 started with a desire to take an experience people love and make it better. To make it even simpler, more useful and more enjoyable – but still feel instantly familiar.”
First, strip away the UI to expose the app’s core functionality and reaffirm its relevance.
Next, use the themes of iOS 7 to inform the design of the UI and the user experience. Restore details and embellishments with care and never gratuitously.
Throughout, be prepared to defy precedent, question assumptions, and let a focus on content and functionality motivate every design decision.
See iOS Human Interface Guidelines to learn more about designing for iOS 7.