During the interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the AllThingsD’s D11 Conference, Tim Cook confirmed that Apple will be unveiling the future of iOS and OS X at next month’s WWDC 2013 Conference.
He also confirmed that Jony Ive is indeed working on revamping iOS.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview where he talked about iOS:
What we did last fall was change things up — to really ramp up our innovation. The key in the post-PC era for having a great product is incredible hardware, incredible software, and incredible services, and to combine them so you can’t tell what’s what. The magic is at the intersection.
So what we did was amp it up. We recognized that Jony had contributed significantly to the look and feel of Apple over many many years, and he could do that for our software as well. [..] [..] The whole concept is to tighten the groups even more, so we could spend more time finding magic at the intersection. Now it’s seven months later, and I think it’s been an incredible change. Craig is running iOS and OS X, which has been fantastic. Eddy is focused on services. It’s been great.
According to rumors, iOS 7 codenamed Innsbruck will feature a “fresh look” with a “very, very flat” interface.
He also hinted that Apple will open up to more third party customizations, but don’t expect Apple to open iOS for tweaks.
On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you’ll see us open up more in the future, but not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience. So there’s always a fine line to walk there, or maybe not so fine.
We think the customer pays us to make choices on their behalf. I’ve see some of these settings screens, and I don’t think that’s what customers want. Do some want it? Yes.
But you’ll see us open up more. Yes.
When he was asked if Apple will allow companies like Facebook to bring its Facebook Home for Android experience to iOS, he flatly said “There’s always more the companies can do together. I don’t think that that’s one.”
We’re eagerly waiting for the WWDC 2013 Keynote on June 10, which is when Apple will unveil iOS 7 and the next major update for OS X.