Well this is interesting. Mark Gurman, John Gruber, MG Siegler, Rene Ritchie, Matthew Panzarino and others have all decided to tonight share their scoops regarding what’s in the pipeline for Apple in 2013–on a Branch thread. All of these Editors of various Apple blogs have been known to have sources with reliable information, and they all seemingly decided tonight is the time to fill us in.
The thread is titled “Apple to Begin iPhone Production This Quarter,” but it has quickly lead to much discussion that goes beyond simply when Apple intends to start manufacturing their next iPhone. Most interesting are the various author’s scoops regarding iOS 7 and Apple’s fall hardware lineup.
Rene Ritchie of iMore shares what he’s heard about the next Apple event:
I’ve heard from several sources that there was/is an event planned for April, new 9.7 inch iPad if it’s ready.
Also still hearing iPhone 5S for August (though a lot of other people are saying July, so maybe it’s more of a window than a date for now).
John Gruber of Daring Fireball is quick to share what he’s heard about iOS 7, going on further to share what he’s heard about Jonathan Ive’s revamped iOS user interface:
What I’ve heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it.
Regarding Ive: Word on the street is that iOS engineers with carry privileges all have some sort of polarizing 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.
Clayton Morris of FOX News goes on to corroborate this:
Yes I second that. To John’s point I’ve heard from engineers who’ve been moved off of their current ‘non-profit generating projects’ in order to work on the high priority software projects.
These are a lot of rumors to digest in one night. The good news is that it appears Apple is really going for it with iOS 7. If Gruber’s rumors regarding polarizing filters turns out to be true, I’m sure we’ll be seeing a majorly revamped UI. Why else would they need to be so careful?
You’ll have to head over to the thread on Branch to see for yourself, but be sure to stop by in the comments to share your thoughts.