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A design feature that is carried forth from the original version of a product in order to make people feel comfortable with the new device. For example, the click sound on a digital camera comes from an audio clip; however, the original sound was the actual shutter opening and closing. Spokes on hubcaps are skeuomorphs, whereas spokes on early automobile wheels were necessary. Pronounced "skew-uh-morf."

From the Greek Words Skeuos and Morph
"Skeuos" and "morph" mean "tool" and "shape," and the term originally referred to adornments that came from earlier Greek structures. For example, a decorative carving on a new building might replicate a form on an ancient temple that was structural.

A Smartphone Skeuomorph
This iPhone wooden bookshelf motif was designed to use a familiar object to make people feel comfortable. Along with other skeuomorphs, it was eliminated in 2013 with iOS 7.

A Windows 8 Skeuomorph
This Windows 8 Paint menu uses a 3.5" floppy disk icon for its Save functions. In computer years, the floppy is now ancient, having had a lifespan from the 1970s to the end of the 1990s.
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Skeuomorphism is not an option--applying traditional museum and exhibition catalogue principles in a digital world will not work.
Flat, minimalist design elements replace skeuomorphism.
Following the shift from iOS 6 to iOS 7, Mavericks has removed some of the skeuomorphism and real-world metaphors from the user interface of OS X Mountain Lion.
Forget Facebook's laughably crude social skeuomorphism, which produces a shallow analogue of offline "friends" and "relationships" the way a background JPEG of low-res Corinthian leather makes your blog look like a classy desk blotter.
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According to the paper, some of Apple's software has been criticised recently for including redundant ornamentation from real-world objects in its design, an approach known as skeuomorphism.
Skeuomorphism is widely recognized in ceramic studies (Gill & Vickers 1995: 241-2), and is a topic acknowledged by Sparkes.
Content over Chrome: Skeuomorphism, the act of using physical textures, such as stitched leather, for no particular function, has become a principal on how not to design software.
Otherwise, iOS 7 looks exactly the same on both the 5S and 5C, with its all-new design doing away with the skeuomorphism (real world metaphors such as torn yellow paper in the Notes app), instead opting for a cleaner and simpler design.
The redesign will see visual metaphors and skeuomorphism - such as the green felt table of Games Center and the wooden bookshelves of iBooks - replaced by a cleaner and more simplistic interface.
Personally, I would have liked to have seen more discussion and illustration of a few topics, particularly things like skeuomorphism and species selection, and perhaps less skimming over so many diverse subjects.
According to many Apple insiders, Steve Jobs was always a fan of skeuomorphism, or the use of visual metaphors to help make applications and features feel more familiar to users.