Yesterday Lewis wrote about how various sources are indicating Jony Ive's involvement in the development of iOS 7 should give Apple's OS a more “flat design” that it's had in the past.
Whether you approve or not is your business, but here's a rumour no Apple fan will enjoy hearing: with all the tinkering there's every chance iOS 7 might not be finished in time for its proposed WWDC sneak preview after all.
Apple design guru Ive has reportedly been heavily involved in iOS 7's development, taking up a lot of the slack after former software head Scott Forstall's departure.
Given Ive's Jobs-esque level of standards and attention to detail most people are taking that as good news, and we're told to expect a far flatter, more Windows Phone-like design, plus significant overhauls to the email and calendar apps among others.
As a result, the various teams working on iOS are apparently running behind schedule as they look to get the operating system finished in time for its WWDC unveiling next month.
Bloomberg reports that deadlines for submitting features for testing are being pushed back to later in the processes than they have been in the past, while Apple's Mac team has been roped in to help get everything done on time – though that apparently also happened with the first version of iOS back in 2007.
Ive is reportedly determined to make sure iOS 7's arrival is nothing like last year's iOS 6 unveiling (overseen by Forstall), which saw the company publicly lambasted for launching a badly flawed Apple Maps as the platform's centrepiece.
Opus Research analyst Greg Sterling also suggests iOS 7's launch will be the serious test of Ive's leadership skills in his newly expanded role as senior VP of industrial design.
“Apple is really under tremendous pressure to come out with something different and something new,” Sterling said. “Ive has a tremendous sense of design, and he’s been the guru behind a lot of these enormously successful products, but he’s always had someone like a Jobs to push back on him and give him some guidance, and it’s not clear that Tim Cook is capable of playing that role. Maybe without a collaborator, he’s not as strong.”
Even ignoring talk of delays, the iOS 7 demo at WWDC, which runs from June 10 to 14, will be just that – a demo. The platform itself is only expected to roll out in earnest come September.