It’s been over six months since the last Apple event, but the long wait might have been worth it. Based on multiple reports that have circulated over the past several months, Apple has been busy working on a radically overhauled version of its iOS software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It is widely believed that iOS 7 is in store for a “very, very flat” user interface, sans any of the skeuomorphic elements — real wood in Newsstand, stitched leather in Find My Friends, and so forth — that former iOS head Scott Forstall favored.
Apple design chief Jonathan Ive is in charge of UI now, and that should be viewed as a tremendously positive thing. Ive, who was formerly tasked exclusively with hardware design, has played a pivotal role in the look and feel of the iPhone, iPad, iPod and other Apple products for more than a decade. That should translate well to the software side.
With all of the excitement surrounding the seventh major version of iOS, the pressure now rests on Apple to deliver a killer software update that the community has been drooling about for months. If not, there will be more than a few disappointed users.
In fact, the reimagining of iOS has reportedly left Ive and his team of engineers pressed for time. Well-sourced Apple pundit John Paczkowski for AllThingsD wrote the following in a lengthy report published earlier today:
Apple’s iOS 7 is so significant a reimagining of the mobile operating system that the company is mustering additional engineering resources to get it out the door in time for a preview at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which is June 10-14 in San Francisco.
I don’t speak for everyone in saying this, but iOS has grown rather stagnant. While there have been welcomed features over the years, such as Siri and Notification Center, the platform has always been relatively the same both visually and functionally.
The fact that iOS hasn’t changed much in its nearly six-year history isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A familiar experience allows for users of all ages to feel comfortable with using an iPhone or iPad. But, for true “iFans,” it has become flat out boring.
The good news is that Apple will be providing a glimpse at the future of both iOS and OS X at WWDC, a weeklong event that commences June 10th. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, registered developers should be able to use beta versions of iOS 7 throughout the summer months.
One thing that is for certain is that, when the iOS 7 software update is inevitably unveiled, the reaction will be either overwhelmingly positive or shockingly negative. Do you think iOS 7 will live up to the hype?