Apple is running behind on iOS 7, according to an unconfirmed report. This is apparently because a great many changes are being made.
There has been no announcement as to when iOS 7 will be released, but it is supposedly coming this summer, about a year after iOS 6 was introduced. However, the company is reportedly having so much difficulty making this deadline that it is pulling developers over from OS X.
Say Goodbye to Skeuomorphism?
Perhaps the most significant changes are going to be cosmetic -- as the user interface is allegedly getting a major revamp. It's not yet known exactly what this will entail, but it's going to be handled by a new design head.
Last fall, Scott Forstall was removed as the head of iOS development and Jonathan Ives was put in charge of the look-and-feel of this operating system. (Ives remained in charge of hardware design.) iOS 7 will be Ives' first chance to remake the iOS to his liking, and he's considered likely to remove something Forestall championed but he despises: Skeuomorphism.
Perhaps the easiest way to define this is by example. Having the iPad's Calendar app look like a physical desk calendar is an example of Skeuomorphism. A great many of Apple's apps use it, such as Notes, Contacts, and the Game Center.
it's quite possible Ives and his team are burning the midnight oil changing the appearance of all these applications. This process seems to have already begun -- the most recent update to Apple's Podcasts app removed its Skeuomorphic elements.
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