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iOS 7 rumored to be behind schedule, feature major visual redesign


The iOS 7 rumors have been rather light up until today.  Expect those rumors to ramp up after the Branch chat Daring Fireball’s John Gruber took part in today.  He echoed iMore’s Rene Ritchie’s claims that iOS 7 will feature a significant UI overhaul.  Just how significant are we talking here?  Gruber stated:

“Word on the street is 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.”

Given Apple’s typical blanket of security, details on specific changes are nowhere to be found, though Ritchie did state that “Ive’s work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.”

Also of note is that, according to Gruber, iOS 7 is significantly behind schedule.  So far behind, in fact, that OS X 10.9 engineers have shifted their focus to iOS 7.

Despite this new information, there’s no word on a release date.  One would assume that Apple would like to show it off at WWDC this summer, but that’s purely speculation.

If you listen real close, you can hear the rumor mill warming up.

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  • Toilet Seat Wipe

    The sinking ship known as iPhone

  • phinn

    About time for this. I also hope they take a close look at the latest Android notification system. The iOS notification system is a mess.

  • HeatFan786

    Android fan over here myself. I have the iPad, so I am not biased towards either of these too much. If iOS can emulate widgets and the quick settings of Android, have a 1080p display with stylus support, NFC, 2 GB of RAM (DDR3), a 13 MP camera, and a Quad Core processor, I would buy the iPhone 5S/6/Math/whatever.

  • Marvin Nakajima

    I suppose they’ll have to watch their design and not make something that will create a new crop of lawsuits where Apple becomes the defendant.