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Rumour: iOS 7 Will Be a Significant UI Overhaul, Currently Running Behind Schedule

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If history repeats itself, WWDC 2013 should take place in a couple months in June. Last year, we saw Apple unveiled iOS 6. Could iOS 7 be delayed this year? That’s the word on the street according to John Gruber from Daring Fireball, as noted from his participation in this Branch thread regarding the production of the next iPhone 5S. Here are what the little birdies are telling Gruber:

  • What I’ve heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it. (Let me know if you’ve heard this song before.)

Also, Gruber throws out a “yep” to what Rene Ritchie had to say about iOS 7’s system-wide UI overhaul:

“Ive’s work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.”

As for iOS engineers with carry privileges on devices running the latest operating system out in the wild, Gruber hears those iPhone displays have privacy filters on them to prevent people from seeing the “rather significant system-wide UI overhaul.”

So far, Gruber has not heard any whispers about Apple events, as rumours point to an iPad launch based on the iPad mini’s thinner design.

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