Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I make it a whole 15 days since we last talked iPhone 5S rumours, specifically when some lady said Apple’s next phone would rock an unspecified “killer feature”. If you say so, lady.
As such, the iPhone 5S rumour mill has been working overtime, yielding the suggestion that iOS 7 is running behind, while the iPhone 5S is again tipped to launch in summer.
With regards to iOS 7 being behind schedule, we’re crediting Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, which means you can pretty much leave the salt to one side.
John says: “iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it,” however he points out that this is nothing new; Mac OS X 10.5 engineers were pulled to work on the first iPhone, delaying the software from June till October.
Hopefully that means they’re struggling with a myriad of new features, though Sir Jony Ive is reportedly pushing a “flat design” for iOS 7, one that’s “starker and simpler”. Nyoh.
Having said that, on a more promising note, Gruber adds that engineers with carry privileges have polarising filters on their iPhone displays – in order to decrease viewing angles, and keep the “significant system-wide UI overhaul” under wraps. Interesting.
As for the iPhone 5S launch, The Wall Street Journal has been listening to whispers from “people familiar with the device's production”. They reckon Apple is “teeing up a possible summer launch”.
iPhone 5S specs will probably include a faster processor and enhanced camera, while a recent claim threw in NFC and fingerprint security.
The notion of a cheap iPhone is also wheeled out again by WSJ, though it’s not expected till the second half of the year – at the earliest.
WWDC 2013 goes down from June 10 to June 14. Expect to meet iOS 7, and perhaps - "one more thing" - the iPhone 5S.