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iOS 7 Release May Be Delayed Due to Sweeping Software Overhaul

As most people already know, Jonathan Ive has taken the behemoth task of being the lead interface designer of iOS. And due to Ive's influence, it has been speculated that iOS 7 will be "very, very flat". Ive is not exactly the biggest fan of the current skeuomorphic design of iOS which was championed by none other than Steve Jobs. According to a new report, Ive currently runs the risk of delaying iOS 7 due to "sweeping software overhaul".

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According to Bloomberg, Ive has already started revamping stock iOS apps by shunning realistic images and exploring more dramatic changes for the Mail and Calendar apps. Ive is also hard at work reviewing new designs in order to avoid the blunder that surrounded the release of the iOS 6 Maps tool. He's also encouraging the collaboration between Apple's software and hardware divisions.

Bloomberg reports:

The introduction of new features, along with an emphasis on cooperation and deliberation, comes at a cost for Cupertino, California-based Apple. Engineers are racing to finish iOS 7, the next version of the mobile software, in time for a June preview at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

While the company still expects to release iOS 7 on time as soon as September, internal deadlines for submitting features for testing are being set later than past releases, people said.

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As reported previously, Apple’s Mac team has also been asked to help the mobile software group for iOS 7, most likely to help speed things up. Apple is currently under the massive pressure of coming out with a mobile operating that's different and new. With that said, the delay is a good possibility but Apple is working to get things done in time for the release of the next iPhone due in September.

For now, the priority is getting mobile software done in time for the next iPhone, due to be released as soon as September.

The rush to finish the software running on more than 500 million iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches underscores how decision-making has slowed under the current leadership team.

So does this delay sound disappointing to you? Or you don't mind if Apple delays iOS 7 as long as they can come up with something different and fresh?

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