Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that Apple runs the risk of delaying the release of iOS 7 due the design overhaul and increased collaboration between the hardware and software divisions under Jony Ive.
However, AllThingsD reports that according to their sources iOS 7 will ship on time.
Sources who declined to be named because they are forbidden to talk publicly about Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company has been “borrowing” engineers from the OS X 10.9 team as part of an effort to double down on iOS 7. “Yes, yes — it’s essentially a repeat of the iPhone/Leopard scenario,” one source said, referring to Apple’s 2007 decision to pull engineers from OS X 10.5 to work on iPhone. “Not as much of a fire drill, though. It will ship on time.”
Apple was a in a similar situation for the launch of the iPhone, but it managed to launch it on time by moving resources from the OS X team.
Jim Dalrymple of The Loop who has an impeccable track record when it comes to Apple related rumors has also confirmed that iOS 7 is on schedule with his typical “Yes”.
Since iOS 7 will come pre-installed on the new iPhone, any delay in the release of Apple’s next generation mobile operating system would affect the launch of the next iPhone, which in turn would have a direct impact on Apple financial results.
AllThingsD reports that they’ve also heard that iOS 7 will feature a flatter design.
I’ve heard similar descriptions from sources who say iOS 7 is iOS “de-glitzed.”
“Put it this way,” said one source who has been briefed on iOS. “You know Game Center’s green felt craps table? Well, goodbye, Circus Circus.”
I can’t wait to get a glimpse of iOS 7. What about you?