Apple’s website went down the other night and came back with a redesign.
Like those they’ve done in the past, many of the visual changes are subtle. Apple has always maintained simplicity in the visual design for their website, evidenced by these redesigns from 1998-2004.
The navigation bar has been updated to a darkened, glossier version with a simplified Apple logo and features updated search functionality. You’ll now see suggested results as you begin typing in your search, and if you’re using a WebKit browser, you’ll also enjoy a little animation when you focus on the search bar’s text area. CSS animations for WebKit are used heavily throughout the site—take a look at the Mac page, for example, where products animate into view and quickly slide away as you move between categories. There’s a tremendous amount of CSS animation going on in the background to make this happen.
So far, the Apple redesign has received a lot of positive feedback. What do you think? Do you like the new Apple.com design?