There are a few big dogs in tech that always seem to know more about what is going on behind the scenes at Apple. These include guys like MG Siegler and John Gruber amongst others. These guys started chatting on Branch, and there are some very interesting blurbs of info which will be of great interest to fans of the iPhone.
Apparently the iOS7 update is bigger than originally planned, and is currently running behind. Apple has moved engineers from the Mac OS X 10.9 team to hurry up the iOS7 development. The big news with iOS7 is that Scott Forstall (which headed up iOS since day one) has moved away from Apple, and Jony Ive (the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design)Â has taken his place for UI design.
The new iOS7 changes is apparently so big that current engineers are using special filters on their phones so that no one can peak over and see the new design. iOS has been heavilyÂ criticisedÂ for its skeumorphic heavy interface, and the new iOS will have a lot cleaner design.
Some other interesting observations from the online chat:
- The next iPhone is rumoured to feature some type of biometric features, which will be used for payments and security.
- The next full size iPad will be launched in the first half of this year (April apparently), and will feature the same design as the iPad Mini (think thinner borders).
What features do you want in iOS7?
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