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It is still expected to launch on time

Apple's Jony Ive is making changes and breaking rules with the development of iOS 7 as the company strays away from work models set in place by former CEO Steve Jobs. 

Apple is working on a massive overhaul of its mobile operating system with the upcoming release of iOS 7. Ive, head of industrial design, is leading the project and will risk delaying the OS' launch if necessary -- something Jobs would have never allowed.

During Jobs' time as CEO from 1997-2011, he was known for pushing to meet deadlines and keeping all departments separate. However, since Jobs' passing in October 2011, things have started changing at Apple.

For starters, Ive was put in charge of software design for iOS 7 -- straying slightly from his normal role in hardware. He has been implementing a lot of changes, and has even ran into internal delays concerning the new OS. 

While Apple still intends to launch iOS 7 on time (which will presumably be around September, as usual), submitting features for testing have exceeded some internal deadlines.

This goes to show that Apple, which once placed more importance on meeting deadlines within individual departments, has changed into a more collaborative environment.

In the past, software and hardware design never really crossed paths at Apple. In fact, a report in March of this year pointed out that Apple's software design team for iOS typically sat in the dark on what the industrial design team was doing, but the two have started collaborating more as of late -- allowing software designers to get an idea of what devices their iOS projects will run on, and also give industrial designers a say in what the software will look like on their hardware.

With this newfound collaboration has come many changes and new ways of doing things at Apple. For instance, iOS 7 is expected to have a "flat" look, closely related to the look of Microsoft 8's live tiles. This is quite a break from the user interface designed under former CEO Steve Jobs, which follows a more glossy and life life look. The new OS loses all that shine and skeuomorphism currently lavished on users. 

There will also be an all-new icon set for Apple’s native apps, and tool bars, tab bars and other interface features will get a fresh design. 

Last month, it was reported that Apple was pulling engineers from OS X 10.9 to finish iOS 7. At that time, it was predicted “Ive’s work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.”

Source: Bloomberg





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