Apple's iOS 7 was announced on Monday, showing a stripped-down flat-design inspired interface.

Designs, developers and iPhone users have raised concerns over the inconsistencies across the icons whilst others have praised the iOS for taking advantage of the z-axis.

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Whilst flat UI design isn't new to the web, it's starting to become much more popular with more flat UI PSD templates appearing on social media and grabbing a large amount of attention; in particular, Designmodo's Flat UI and Bootstrap 3 that has a decidedly flat and minimal aesthetic.

jQuery Mobile Flat-UI Theme is based on Designmodo’s project, and brings some of these design conventions over to jQuery Mobile.

If you’re looking to really take a bite out of Apple’s iOS 7 design, the use of transparency effects might edge you closer to Jony Ive’s aesthetic. You could use something like Blur.js (GitHub: jakiestfu / Blur.js) to get a jQuery plugin API for transparency, or just write the relevant CSS by hand.

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Although themes and plugins are useful, the focus of modern flat design seems to be on colours. Choosing a suitable palette can be difficult, but there are shortcuts. I liked Daniel Jalkut’s post on Adobe’s Kuler – the iPhone app can be used to generate colour palettes from the camera, which Daniel describes as “granting superpowers to users”.

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