It's been reported that, as a result of the shakeup, which saw former software boss Scott Forstall leave the company, Ive has ordered a major redesign of iOS, which has not seen an overhaul since it was rolled out in 2007. This redesign is expected to be "flatter" and will likely see the end of skeuomorphic design elements that Forstall is said to have loved, such as realistic-looking wooden bookshelves and sticking within apps.
Bloomberg's sources said that Ive has been "exploring more dramatic changes" for the calendar and email apps in iOS, and is also "methodically reviewing" new designs, but added that these changes may not be ready this year and therefore might be pushed back to following releases.
These significant changes mean that engineers are "racing" to finish iOS 7 in time to preview it at WWDC.
Bloomberg reiterates the rumour that Apple has pulled engineers from the OS X 10.9 team to help with iOS 7, a claim first voiced by Daring Fireball's John Gruber last month.
In addition, the report also highlights Gruber's claim that engineers working on iOS 7 have had a film laced over their iPhone screens to prevent onlookers from spotting the changes in the new operating system, suggesting that these changes must therefore be substantial.
It's not just Bloomberg that has been given details about iOS 7 from anonymous sources. AllThingsD and The Wall Street Journal also wrote that iOS 7's "look and feel" will be distinctively different from the current iOS, under the guidance of Jony Ive.
Plus, 9To5Mac claimed that iOS 7 will have a new user interface that is "very, very flat," and that interface changes will include a redesign of Apple's native app icons, as well as new tool bars, tab bars and more.
In April, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty predicted that Apple is busy cooking up a "killer app" that will be ready to launch with iOS 7 this summer, which could come in the form of a music streaming service or mobile payment system.
Apple is said to be in discussion with Yahoo to integrate its search engine solution into iOS rather than Google's, in a move that would shut Google out of the nuts and bolts of the iPad and iPhone operating system further than it already has been with the removal of the native Google Maps app.
OS X 10.9
Some rumours have suggested that Apple may delay the release of OS X 10.9 because it has pulled engineers from the team to help in a final push on the next version of iOS, but, based on Apple's WWDC 2013 announcement and press release, we believe that we will still get a preview of the new operating system, which is rumoured to be dubbed 'Lynx', at the event.
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