Flat iOS 7 and good bye skeuomorphism?

Unfortunately, the past few years seemed to offer very bad examples for skeuomorphism. Some developers took it too far with weak implementations we all came across too often. In fact, even Apple stumbled into some weird UI directions both on OS X and iOS (but ditching the good ones like the old podcast player design IMHO). But as we have learned in the past weeks this is going to be over soon.

Almost every blog on the web emphasizes the death of skeuomorphism.

Flat is the new glow.

For instance, look at the UI's of TV's available today. Terrible, some brands don't even smooth the fonts and icons (anti-aliasing). Only Bang & Olufsen seems to get it right. Plain white fonts on black. But of course, they are in a challenging price range.

So will skeuomorphism in UI design going to be an indication for lacking creativity from now on? Makes me kind of sad. Will we end up with windows 8 copies? The end of textures?

Let me highlight some of the brighter (skeuomorphic!) UI's with rich textures and details (including beautiful icons!), that the App Store had to offer in the past five years (yes five, we're moving fast):

http://chai-monsters.com

http://www.milesapp.at

http://www.sylion.com/flightcard/

http://www.meernotes.com

http://amazingsoftworks.com/newstream

http://thealaskaapp.com

http://synth76.com

http://habitlist.com

http://letterlearner.com

http://bridworks.com/anote/eng/awesomenote/iphone/

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/ios-app-icons/