Apple Pulling Engineers from OS X 10.9 to Finish iOS 7
April 3, 2013 9:31 AM
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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
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.
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RE: A watch?
4/3/2013 10:37:49 AM
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:
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
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