All I have to say is thank God! Scott Forstall I'm glad to see you go.
While I was using the iPhone 4S and the iPad the one thing that annoyed me more than anything was the ridiculous skeuomorphic designs. Especially in the Apple's Podcast app. The one place I didn't mind the skeuomorphic design was in iBooks, which seems a little more logical to have skeuomorphic designs than an app that plays podcasts.
Despite the design of iOS, I found the physical device very well made and beautiful. The iOS interface just looks dated.
The design of the iOS has not been changed since it was released back in 2007. They added a few little tweaks, but the interface is still very similar to the version 1.0 interface. I know some people may argue with me about that, just look at the photos.
On the other hand, the devices have changed in a big way. If you look at the evolution of Apple devices you see a big difference, they became more minimalist and more beautiful. Take a look at these photos and decide for yourself. The phones look totally different, but the interface is pretty much the same.
I am crossing my fingers that Jony Ive will begin to phase out the age of skeuomorphism with iOS 7 and follow the design style of the devices: a sleek industrial design that is simple, but beautiful. Ive has already said that he wished iOS and OS X had cleaner, more minimalist interfaces. I for one think this is a way to breathe new life into an OS that has had a stagnate design over the past several years.
Here is a concept from a reader over at Cult of Mac. This is the direction iOS 7 should go in.