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  (Source: uis.edu)
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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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:

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb201301070125...


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

The smart watch has been done.

I present you with this Android powered device: http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/accessories/...


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
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins

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