Rumor: iOS 7 behind schedule, OS X 10.9 engineers moved to help

By on April 3, 2013, 11:00 AM

Apple may be scrambling to finish the next major revision of its mobile operating system in time for this summer's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), an annual event at which the company typically reveals new hardware and software. According to new details from Apple sleuth John Gruber of Daring Fireball, production of iOS 7 is running behind schedule and the company has reallocated engineering resources from Mac OS X 10.9 to help the mobile platform developers through the ongoing crunch.

Assuming that's accurate, the news would add credence rumors about the next version of iOS being a major overhaul. Many have criticized the platform's lack of change since launching nearly six years ago in 2007, and with former iOS VP Scott Forstall leaving the company last October, it seems like a good time for a refresh. Jony Ive, who is now the Apple-wide human interface manager, replaced Forstall and is said to be aiming for a flatter look on iOS -- perhaps not unlike we've seen from Google and Microsoft.

While iOS 7 may not be ready for primetime, Gruber says it's undergoing real-world testing by staffers with carry privileges and apparently the software changes are noticeable enough that those folks are using some kind of polarizing filter on their iPhone displays. The cover is designed to reduce the screen's viewing angles and help prevent prying eyes from getting a sneak peek of what Gruber suggests is a "rather significant system-wide UI overhaul." Of course, no hard details are available just yet.

A rumor from earlier this week says that Apple CEO Tim Cook will unveil the next iPhone on June 20 at WWDC and the device will begin shipping within weeks. Based on the device's previous updates, most expect the new model to be marketed as an iPhone 5S with minor changes over today's model instead of an iPhone 6 with significant generational improvements. An underwhelming hardware upgrade could mean that Apple will rely on a greatly revamped iOS 7 to demonstrate the product line's innovation.




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m4a4 m4a4 said:

I wonder how many hotfixes are going to be needed this time?

MilwaukeeMike said:

"An underwhelming hardware upgrade could mean that Apple will rely on a greatly revamped iOS 7 to demonstrate the product line's innovation."

And why allow your new version of iOS to run on the iPhone 5 when you can force people to get a new phone if they want to use it?

JC713 JC713 said:

"An underwhelming hardware upgrade could mean that Apple will rely on a greatly revamped iOS 7 to demonstrate the product line's innovation."

And why allow your new version of iOS to run on the iPhone 5 when you can force people to get a new phone if they want to use it?

Yeah the iPhone 5S will only have a better camera and CPU. The 4S had siri on top of that. iOS 7 has to be the selling point here.

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

I wonder how many hotfixes are going to be needed this time?

Just one - a new phone

Littleczr Littleczr said:

I think is good news for the market. I don't like iphones, I am an android guy my self but im curious to see what they come up with.

Guest said:

No wonder iPhone is the highest selling device, each time iOS is updated you need to buy a new phone.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I think is good news for the market. I don't like iphones, I am an android guy my self but im curious to see what they come up with.

Widgets, customisable home screens, lock screen notification customisation, ability to hide apps.

You know, revolutionary stuff.

likedamaster said:

I'm still shocked this site scored the iPhone 5 higher than iPhone 4.

Guest said:

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]I want following features.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]1. I want to Google map as default app for Maps.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]2. A battery saving button on notification bar. which will close all battery consuming services like[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]bluetooth, wifi, data on cellular, 3G, hotspot (user may select which services to stop)[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]3. I want to delete few apple applications like Newsstand, stock, Maps, Passbook, iTunes[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]4. In built browser in Mail app.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]5. RSS reader[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]6. Option to select Siri server... so developers across the globe can create their own regional servers to speak in regional language[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]7. Better design for Music app[/COLOR]

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I want following features.

]1. I want to Google map as default app for Maps.

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]2. A battery saving button on notification bar. which will close all battery consuming services like[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]bluetooth, wifi, data on cellular, 3G, hotspot (user may select which services to stop)[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]3. I want to delete few apple applications like Newsstand, stock, Maps, Passbook, iTunes[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]4. In built browser in Mail app.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]5. RSS reader[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]6. Option to select Siri server... so developers across the globe can create their own regional servers to speak in regional language[/COLOR]

[COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)]7. Better design for Music app[/COLOR]

From an Apple respective, this is my (sarcastic, but true) response:

1. Apple products are magical and just work. There is no problem here, our Maps work best with iPhone.

2. Battery life is adequate - messing with any system settings by user will deteriorate OS stability and user experience.

3. These applications found the core of the OS and are required.

4. Safari is the iOS browser of choice.

5. (Are there no actual RSS readers on the App Store??)

6. Siri is proprietary and a major feature of iOS, as such it is provided by Apple only.

7. (Gonna leave this out, don't really have a decent reply to it, it's preference.)

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