April 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM ET
Word is that iOS 7 will bring a significant design overhaul to Apple's mobile operating system. That's potentially good news, but there's also some bad: The new software might be behind schedule.
According to Daring Fireball's John Gruber— who has a decent track record when it comes to Apple rumors — "iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it."
This isn't the first time we've heard about Apple making a move like this, Gruber reminds. In April 2007, the Cupertino-based company issued a statement revealing that OS X 10.5, better known as Leopard, was delayed because the company had to "borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from [its] Mac OS X team." (The first-generation iPhone was announced in January 2007 and began shipping in late June2007, you might recall.)
Gruber writes that he's been hearing that "iOS engineers with carry privileges all have some sort of polarizing filter on their iPhone displays, such that it greatly decreases viewing angles, thus making it difficult for observers to see the apparently rather significant system-wide UI overhaul."
iMore's Rene Ritchie, another well-informed Apple blogger, previously suggested that the next version of iOS will "make rich-texture-loving designers sad." Gruber write that he's been hearing the same whispers. In plain terms? This means that the next version of iOS could be more "flat" and modern-looking. (Perhaps we can finally wave goodbye to all the skeuomorphism on iOS?)
It's not difficult to believe these latest rumors. After all, who could blame Apple for needing more time to revamp its mobile operating system? And it certainly does need to revamp its mobile operating system. This summer (and fall), all eyes won't be on Apple's hardware. They'll be on its software — because that's where all the magic needs to happen. Enhanced functionality and a more polished user experience is what we need to see.
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