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iOS 7 a 'system-wide UI overhaul,' suffering delays

updated 09:42 am EDT, Wed April 3, 2013

Engineers being pulled off OS X 10.9 to help, report claims

iOS 7 represents a "rather significant system-wide UI overhaul," Daring Fireball's John Gruber claims to have learned. The blogger also says he has heard the same thing as Rene Ritchie, who alleges that "[Apple lead designer Jonathan] Ive's work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad." Engineers allowed to have the OS on their iPhones are even rumored to be using polarizing filters to make it harder for passers-by to see the interface changes.

Development of iOS 7 is said to be lagging behind, though, to the extent that Apple is pulling engineers off of work on OS X 10.9 to help. That urgency could be consistent with a report from the Wall Street Journal, which yesterday indicated that a new iPhone is set to go into production this quarter and launch as soon as the summer, instead of the fall. Apple has never launched a new iPhone without a major iOS upgrade alongside it.

Ive was put in charge of iOS design last year after the departure of Scott Forstall. How he might handle software is uncertain, since until then he was responsible exclusively for the hardware side of Apple products. It's believed however that he will probably avoid the skeuomorphic touches of recent versions of iOS and its apps, exemplified by things like the stitched leather in Find My Friends, or the shelves in iBooks.



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  1. Grendelmon

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    Joined: 12-26-07

    LOL

    Has SpringBoard been replaced with "iTiles" ?

    ;-)

  1. daqman

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    Not holding my breath

    The way things are going with Apple nowadays it will only work on an iPhone 5 or 6. I remember fondly the days when OS updates didn't mandate a hardware update. It was OK that some things didn't work or ran slowly, that was a price you paid and a choice.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by daqmanView Post

    The way things are going with Apple nowadays it will only work on an iPhone 5 or 6. I remember fondly the days when OS updates didn't mandate a hardware update. It was OK that some things didn't work or ran slowly, that was a price you paid and a choice.



    It just used to be a longer cycle. The last OS version to run on an SE/30 was 7.5.5. The first version not to be supported was 7.6, which came out a little over eight years after the machine was released, or six years after the last one had been produced.
    About fifteen years ago Apple shifted to a five- or six-year cutoff for Macs (a '98 Powerbook G3 could run the latest version until late 2003). iOS devices seem to be on a three-to-four-year pattern with regard to running current OS versions.

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    iOS cycle...

    A 3-4 year cycle (iPhone 3GS still runs iOS 6 just fine) is just fine for mobile phones - most are on 2-year contracts, so a minimum of a 2-year cycle was always supported. This, of course, is better than Android devices, which have a 0-year cycle for most.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by ZinkDifferentView Post

    A 3-4 year cycle (iPhone 3GS still runs iOS 6 just fine) is just fine for mobile phones - most are on 2-year contracts, so a minimum of a 2-year cycle was always supported. This, of course, is better than Android devices, which have a 0-year cycle for most.



    ...or, indeed, a "negative" cycle, seeing as the vast majority are shipped with outdated system versions that are never upgraded.

  1. chirpy22

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    iOS7 can suffer all the delays it needs to if the interface removes all that awful awful Forstall texture. I am particularly looking forward to getting rid of that 1997 linen texture background pattern.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by chirpy22View Post

    iOS7 can suffer all the delays it needs to if the interface removes all that awful awful Forstall texture. I am particularly looking forward to getting rid of that 1997 linen texture background pattern.



    That was Jobs, purportedly. Not just Forstall.

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