Apple design chief Jony Ive could be risking a delay for iOS 7 in order introduce a complete user interface overhaul to the software that includes “dramatic changes. This could mean changes to the operating system found on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg wrote in a Wednesday report that Ive has envisioned major revamp of iOS for the next iteration of the operating system, expected to be unveiled at WWDC in June. Ive took over software design in addition to his earlier leadership responsibilities at the hardware design department following an executive shakeup at Apple last year,.
This is the first major overhaul iOS has seen since it was rolled out in 2007. This redesign is expected to be ‘flatter’ and minimalist design which will likely see the end of skeuomorphic design elements that the previous head of software design Scott Forstall is said to have loved.
The changes being sought include changes for the calendar and email apps among others. These significant changes mean that engineers are “racing” to finish iOS 7 in time to preview it at WWDC 2013, which kicks off on 10 June. Bloomberg’s sources say that Apple still expects to have iOS 7 ready to roll out to iPad and iPhone users in September, but that internal deadlines have been pushed back, meaning features will be submitted for testing later than in previous releases.
“Longer term, Ive also has shown interest in altering how people control their computers,” Bloomberg’s report goes on to say, explaining that Ive is said to have met with gesture technology makers to discuss control methods that don’t involve touching the screen, in a way similar to the gesture control used for Microsoft’s Kinect.
This technology is low-priority though, as the company is focusing on improving mobile software ahead of the launch of the next iPhone, which could arrive in September.
Tickets for WWDC 2013 sold out in a record-breaking 2 minutes when they went on sale on Thursday.
WWDC 2012 saw the launch of iOS 6, new MacBooks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.