Yes, I’m serious. Blatant lies and vicious rumors in media today are ruining our ability to discern fact from fiction, truth from falsehood. I’ll leave politics aside for the moment, but the same kind of misinformation applies there as it does with tech media.
The latest says ‘inside sources‘ say Apple’s Jonny Ive plans to remake iOS 7 in Steve Jobs’ image. Black, and white, and flat all over. Both Ive and Jobs are slender creatures, and both seem to love black mock turtleneck t-shirts. Black. White. Flat.
To be fair about the many schools of thought in electronic interface design, there just isn’t much that hasn’t already been tried. We’ve had buttons that look like buttons. Buttons that look flat, but are obviously buttons. And we’ve seen plenty of brushed aluminum, faux leather, and all kinds of textures.
How could something new and different be so lame as black and white and flat?
Allow me the privilege of crawling out on the Mincey Limb of Prognostication Death and assert that all the rumors can’t possibly be true (they range from flat to 3D). And that doesn’t even mean that only one will be correct.
Here’s where we need the Truth and Rumor Police, a place where we file rumors and facts, and have someone rule on whether or not they come true or are true.
One of the first rulings would have to be that whoever thought iOS 7 would show up all black and white and flat should be hauled off to the county jail and required to watch videos of Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer sweating.
Apple is known to make steady, incremental changes to the iOS and OS X interface, not crazy-assed wholesale changes similar to those Microsoft made with Windows 8 (and whatever they’re calling the tablet version these days).
That would upset a few hundred million iPhone and iPad users who are already comfortable with how iOS works, and are not likely to be too happy with such a wholesale change to what’s known and loved.
Sometimes I think that such rumors are created because they help get readers on a slow news days, and because there’s little recourse when they’re wrong. How else do you explain Business Insider?