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Apple's next generation mobile OS is likely to have a 'flat design' under the guidance of Jonathan Ive, head of the company's industrial design team.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) citing source close to the matter reported, "Ive is pushing a more "flat design" that is starker and simpler."

"Some suggested that in Apple's next mobile operating system, Ive is pushing a more "flat design" that is starker and simpler, according to developers who have spoken to Apple employees but didn't have further details. Overall, they expect any changes to be pretty conservative. For the past few years, Apple has unveiled versions of its mobile operating system in the summer," WSJ reported.

Last year, the tech titan announced a major management reshuffling to strengthen the collaboration of its various departments. The shuffling also resulted in giving additional responsibilities to Ive who is known for creating sleek, iconic hardware designs.

The current design is one of the results of the increased collaboration which CEO Tim Cook hoped for. Apple's Mac and iOS software teams are likely to be separate for some time. The company is expected to unveil its next operating system at World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

""That dynamic is changing, according to the people close to the company. The stealth software developers still exist. But now, Apple's mobile software, or "human interface" team, which has been led by executive Greg Christie, is being briefed about industrial prototypes earlier, these people said. The person described the change as "a thawing"," reported WSJ.