Apple is reportedly hard at work giving the next major iteration of iOS a complete facelift, one of the industry’s top sources has revealed.
According to technology columnist John Gruber, best known for his blog Daring Fireball, the Cupertino-based giant is readying a massive revamp of its next mobile operating system, unofficially known as iOS 7, which is expected to debut this summer.
Apparently, Apple engineers are already in possession of iPhones running the new software.
“Word on the street is that iOS engineers with carry privileges all have some sort of polarising filter on their iPhone displays, such that it greatly decreases viewing angles, thus making it difficult for observers to see the apparently rather significant system-wide UI overhaul,” Gruber posted.
Although details are thin on the ground, the general consensus is that this will replace the skeuomorphic aesthetics of former software head Scott Forstall with a simpler, cleaner interface created under the direction of new design boss Jony Ive.
Gruber cited iMore’s Rene Ritchie, who recently claimed that “Ive’s work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.”
There’s also a small concern that the unveiling of iOS 7 may be pushed back from its projected debut at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Gruber said that development of iOS 7 is “running behind [schedule]”, but that Apple has pulled engineers from OS X 10.9 to bring it back on track.
Apple is hotly tipped to launch iOS 7 with its next big smartphone in autumn. However, it may be with us as early as July if reports of a low-cost model in summer are to be trusted.