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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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Time for a iOS Change
By phreaqe on 4/3/2013 10:07:52 AM , Rating: 2
I just really hope that the quote about this having a huge interface overhaul is correct. I am starting to get bored with iOS. i have had 3 iphones and other then the performance getting better with each piece of hardware I really don't feel like the OS is changing. They are making small changes here and their but overall each time i have upgraded to the latest os i kind have this feeling of it still feels the exact same as the old one did. If they don't make any drastic changes I will be making the leap to android or windows phone.

RE: Time for a iOS Change
By lagomorpha on 4/3/2013 11:04:14 AM , Rating: 4
I am starting to get bored with iOS.

Isn't the whole point of an OS to be easy enough that it just works and using it is boring?

If you get your entertainment from relearning OS changes I guess it isn't the worst hobby to have but I think you're not really representative of humanity at large.

RE: Time for a iOS Change
By phreaqe on 4/3/2013 11:29:25 AM , Rating: 2
i don't get excited by relearning os changes, i dont really want change just for changes sake, i want change that advances the OS. I feel like iOS is not innovating anymore. my iphone 5 feels blazing fast to me, but the OS feels dated. When i look at windows phone i get very interested because the OS looks more modern and has features that seem to make it more useful like the live tiles. I am a bit more skeptical of android because i had a droid incredible 2 and the OS(2.3.3 i think) did not feel very polished. i have heard 4 is much better but have not really played with it.

Apple could keep the general interface the same but update it to include things like live tiles or widgets that let me get the information i want at a quick glance.

RE: Time for a iOS Change
By shiruba on 4/4/2013 9:29:23 PM , Rating: 2
First of all, I don't think Windows 7's live tiles are "useful", at least not any more than Android's widgets.

As for Android 4 vs 2.x, they are WAY different. The UI is different, and 4 is much faster if the device has enough RAM to run it properly. (Much like iOS, upgrading a device can slow it down if there isn't enough RAM).

RE: Time for a iOS Change
By retrospooty on 4/3/2013 12:49:34 PM , Rating: 2
"Isn't the whole point of an OS to be easy enough that it just works and using it is boring?"

The point of improving the UI is "improving" it to add more useful things like Android and WP8 have... If true, this could get interesting. I am sure if Apple changes the UI they will do a good job of it. I think its long overdue... IOS has been stagnating for the past few years and others have passed it by.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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