Skeuomorphism is still needed

Everyone is happy that the leather bound apps have stopped forcing their way into our lives, but is skeuomorphism still necessary for understanding interfaces and interactions? It seems that Apple and Google think so.

Chris Metcalfe explores this in his blog: Skeuomorphism is alive and well

I believe skeuomorphism is still alive and well, it’s just had a facelift.  The cheesy and outdated stylings have been stripped away and replaced with texture and depth of real life. It’s actually necessary for an understandable interface to embrace skeuomorphism, especially in South Africa.

Google material design