Is this what icons in iOS 7 will look like?

A leaked, blurry photo of an early alpha build of iOS 7 may give us a glimpse into the future state of iOS design.

WWDC is inching closer by the day, and all eyes will be on what Apple has in store for us with iOS 7. While services and functionality will ultimately be what matters most, there is also immense interest in what the UI for iOS 7 will look like now that Apple design guru Jony Ive is spearheading what promises to be some notable aesthetic changes.

To that end, iDownloadblog earlier this week obtained what it claims is a spy shot of an early alpha build of iOS 7. The picture is blurry, but you can tell that the iOS 7 icons retain the rounded corners we're all familiar with but drop the gradients all together.

With the gradients gone, at least from this shot, the icons do sport a flatter look than what we're used to.

Of course, with all the blurriness, it's hard to really make out what's going on. To that end, iDownloadblog enlisted the help of Surenix to touch up these icons and give us a glimpse into what they may actually look like.

If we had to describe the changes in one word, that would be: unified…

When you look at the current state of stock apps icons, it seems that all of them were designed by different teams. Most of them have a different look. They don’t have unified features that tie them all up together. Some of them have a gloss effect. Some of them don’t. Some of them have borders. Some of them don’t, etc…

While there's no way to know how accurate this representation is, I gotta say, the flat icons look better than I was envisioning.

 Note, though, that 9to5Mac followed up with a tweet noting that, "Things have changed a lot since this was taken we're told."

9to5Mac seems to have its finger on the pulse of iOS more than most, so again, take this with a grain of salt.

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