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Apple is working on a system-wide UI overhaul

Apple is currently working on iOS 7 for its mobile army of iDevices, but it looks like the Cupertino company has fallen behind schedule.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball revealed that iOS 7 is in the works, but the production schedule has fallen behind. So much, in fact, that engineers working on OS X 10.9 have been switched over to iOS 7 for its completion.

Furthermore, Gruber noted that iOS engineers who are carrying the new mobile operating system around have some sort of polarizing filter on their iPhone displays, which has made it more difficult for the public to sneak a peek at the brand-new version of iOS. 

While there aren't many iOS 7 details available at this point (which will reportedly have a system-wide UI overhaul), Gruber has heard that “Ive’s work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.”

Apple's mobile operating system is likely going through a huge overhaul because it's in the midst of creating entirely new gadgets, such as the upcoming smart watch. Reports have said that the new watch's OS will be built from the ground up rather than starting with the iPod nano's touch operating system (which has a screen about the size of a watch). Also, the iPhone/iPad's OS must be reconstructed to work with the new devices.

The watch is due out as early as this year.

Apple released iOS 6 last September just before the launch of the iPhone 5. The OS was particularly notable because it featured Apple's first homemade mapping app.

Before iOS 6, Apple used Google Maps as its main maps app. But in early 2012, Apple gave Google the boot and decided that iOS 6 would have a brand-new service made by Apple. 

Things didn't go too well in the beginning. The app flunked at both navigation and geography. Many world landmarks, and even continents/countries/cities appeared as distorted blobs or didn't appear at all. It turned into a huge fiasco, which Apple CEO Tim Cook was stuck apologizing for. The iOS 6 maps app manager was also fired. 

Source: Daring Fireball

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A watch?
By Mitch101 on 4/3/2013 9:50:37 AM , Rating: 2
Is anyone interested in a watch style device and if so why? Seems to me palm attempted this a long time ago and maybe it was ahead of its time for the technology but it was a dud. Sure a certain percentage of Apple fans will pick it up but not enough to start a revolution like the first iPad did. You can get an iPod mini and watch strap and I never seen anyone do that so what makes it different coming from Apple? Whats the draw other than maybe a few sports fans with wireless Bluetooth headset?

RE: A watch?
By Scaredy Retard on 4/3/2013 10:05:13 AM , Rating: 2
I'm certainly interested in one. Perhaps I'm old-fashioned for my age (29) but it takes .1 seconds to glance at my watch to see what time it is, so if more features can be crammed in there, the merrier. And the less said about people who keep their phones on their desk and have the attention span of a gnat, the better.

As far as strapping an iPod Mini to your wrist, I haven't seen it either, but it always struck me as a gimmick that was cooked up after the fact. Something designed from the ground up as a watch will be a different kettle of fish.

Though I'll also be honest; I pictures these smart watches eventually becoming as advanced as the watches from the anime Psycho Pass and it makes me smile. Following is SFW:

RE: A watch?
By StevoLincolnite on 4/3/2013 11:49:12 AM , Rating: 3

The smart watch has been done.

I present you with this Android powered device:

RE: A watch?
By Mitch101 on 4/3/2013 12:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
RE: A watch?
By retrospooty on 4/3/2013 3:34:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... It was definitely on the market and fully available in 2003 running Palm OS. I played with one for a few mins... Pretty cool for its time.

RE: A watch?
By Tony Swash on 4/3/13, Rating: 0
RE: A watch?
By tayb on 4/3/2013 10:37:49 AM , Rating: 1
I would be interested in a watch depending on functionality and price. It would be nice to be able to see what emails, texts, or other alerts I have without pulling out my phone. Just have a glance at my wrist. It would be pretty nice if it had a light little buzz to notify me, I could look down at my wrist, and decide whether I needed to immediately respond or not. Plus, it also acts as a watch.

I haven't worn a watch in years simply because I don't like how it feels on my wrist but if the watch was fundamentally improved I would add it.

Sony already has a product out:

RE: A watch?
By Nephiorim on 4/3/2013 10:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
Well to give you one use-case scenario. At a party recently a friend of mine hooked up his Samsung Galaxy to some speakers lying around and then used his watch to control it via bluetooth.

RE: A watch?
By vshin on 4/3/2013 10:42:03 AM , Rating: 1
I don't want an iWatch that's just a stripped-down version of an iPod. However, I DO want an iWatch that can make calls, do facetime, send txts, provide turn-by-turn GPS navigation, and do all this through voice commands and a couple pushbuttons. Ofcourse the watch has to be the same size as a regular watch while lasting a full week on a single charge with regular use. The "screen" has to be scratchproof and the watch itself should be water-resistant to at least 150m.

Yes, I basically want Dick Tracy's watch inside a Rolex. I would pay THOUSANDS for this capability.

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