It has been widely speculated that iOS 7 will feature a flatter design. The overhaul is being led by Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Industrial Design, who also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface software teams across the company after Scott Forstall’s departure.
Bloomberg reports that Apple runs the risk of delaying the release of iOS 7 due to the revamped user interface and increase in collaboration between hardware and software divisions under Ive.
The introduction of new features, along with an emphasis on cooperation and deliberation, comes at a cost for Cupertino, California-based Apple. Engineers are racing to finish iOS 7, the next version of the mobile software, in time for a June preview at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
While the company still expects to release iOS 7 on time as soon as September, internal deadlines for submitting features for testing are being set later than past releases, people said.
The report also notes that Apple has been moving resources from the Mac team to finish iOS 7 on schedule, which we’ve heard previously. Apple is working hard to complete iOS 7 in time for the launch of the next iPhone.
Apple is widely expected to give us a sneak peak at iOS 7 at the WWDC Keynote in June. Tim Cook during the earnings call indicated that the new iPhone will be launched later this fall, so we expect iOS 7 to be released few days before the launch of the new iPhone like previous years. Any delay in the release of iOS 7 will likely impact the launch of the next generation iPhone as well.
The report goes on to add:
Longer term, Ive also has shown interest in altering how people control their computers. He has met with makers of gesture technology that lets people navigate their gadgets by moving their hands — without touching the screen, said a personal familiar with those interactions.
“If the hardware is going to stay minimalist and reduced, I would say the next step would be to look at three-dimensional interfaces,” said Ross Lovegrove, an industrial designer who has worked with such companies as Apple and Sony Corp.
Earlier in the week, 9to5Mac revealed that iOS 7 is codenamed ‘Innsbruck’ and is likely to feature a ‘very, very flat’ user interface. Apple’s reportedly also trying to figure out ways to add more ‘glace-able’ information and system options panels that can be accessed by swiping from either edge of the device, though what information these panels would display isn’t known.
Apple also plans to make further inroads into in-car integration space by including optimized in-car Maps and Siri in iOS 7.
I don’t mind Apple delaying the launch of iOS 7 as Apple desperately needs to give iOS a fresh new look as it is looking quite outdated.
What do you think? What’s on your iOS 7 wish list? Let me know in the comments.