We’ve been hearing all kinds of wild tales about what iOS 7 is going to feature, and when it’s going to be launched. This morning a rumor spread that Jony Ive’s radical redesign of the popular smartphone platform would make it impossible to launch on time later this year. However, another source from within Apple’s team has been speaking with AllThingsD about the new software and how development is moving on.
The site’s sources refused to be named, but confirmed earlier reports that OS X team members had been “borrowed” to help make sure iOS 7 meets its deadline.
As reported by John Paczkowski:
“Yes, yes — it’s essentially a repeat of the iPhone/Leopard scenario,” one source said, referring to Apple’s 2007 decision to pull engineers from OS X 10.5 to work on iPhone. “Not as much of a fire drill, though. It should ship on time.”
Rumors of the skeuomorphic designs featuring fake felt in Game Center, stitched leather and fake wood within iOS are not favored by Jony Ive, and will more than likely be ditched altogether in favor of a more modern, flat and gradient-free look.
“Put it this way,” said one source who’s been briefed on iOS. “You know Game Center’s green felt craps table? Well, goodbye Circus Circus.”
I think it’s fair to say that most of us are all ready for a refresh to the operating system which has remained mostly unchanged for 6 years. The challenge will be redesigning it in a way that keeps the simplicity and intuitive feel of the platform, but makes a significant enough change in design direction to quench our thirst for something more modern.
Rest assured, if anyone can make it happen. It’s Apple’s design team, especially with Jony Ive in charge.