If you have been interested in getting a feel for the upcoming release of iOS 7, but haven't wanted to run a beta release of the mobile operating system on your Apple device, there's now a pain-free way to get a taste of the iOS to come.

Apple's iCloud, the browser-based cloud service that provides Apple ID account holders tools to supplement their mobile experience, has a new beta site that displays some of the new design elements of iOS 7.

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Gone is the dark-grey linen background with shadowed icons that shouted skeuomorphism, and in its place is a much flatter, cleaner interface that leans towards a lighter end of the spectrum.

Six of the available apps in the beta iCloud site also show the iOS 7 look-and-feel (the three beta iWorks apps—Pages, Numbers and Keynote—are still mired in the current interface.

Numbers and rest of iWork apps are still grounded in past. Numbers and rest of iWork apps are still grounded in past.

Poking around the apps, I found the overall design to be appealing. The Mail app was reflective of the changes throughout all of the updates apps: extremely clean lines, light design elements, and an emphasis on the text through the use of the sharp-looking Helvetica Neue font.

The Calendar app was especially nice: entering appointments is not rocket science for other calendars, but it was far more painless using the iCloud Calendar app.

Calendar for iCloud Beta Calendar for iCloud Beta

One thing that kind of stuck out for me as I walked around the apps was the distinct reminder of another interface I've seen lately: Office 365. The color scheme on the Calendar app seemed the most overt reminder of the Office apps. This is not necessary a bad thing, but it's definitely a resemblance, though slight.

If this is indeed the way ahead for iOS 7, then it's a change to which I'm going to be looking forward. But I can't help wondering how much effort it will take other app developers to get their apps' look and feel to come close to this design.