Apple Hurries To Complete iOS 7, Pulls OS X Engineers



Although Apple is slated to begin iPhone 5S production this quarter, it seems that Apple still hasn’t met up to par with its development of their upcoming software update, iOS 7. According to a quick post from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, he claims that Apple has gotten slightly behind with development that it has begun to pull developers that are working on the upcoming OS X 10.9. Here’s the scoop:

What I’ve heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it.

Regarding Jony Ive and iOS: Word on the street is that iOS engineers with carry privileges all have some sort of polarizing filter on their iPhone displays, such that it greatly decreases viewing angles, thus making it difficult for observers to see the apparently rather significant system-wide UI overhaul.

Of course, this news is also interesting to many as Gruber notes a “system-wide UI overhaul” which means we could be getting the entirely redesigned iOS we’ve hoped and dreamed about. Seems like Ive seems to be making some HUGE changes, eh? However iOS 7 may not be the only huge overhaul we see upcoming, MG Siegler adds an interesting note to a Branch thread:

Since we’re talking whispers, the one thing I’ve heard multiple times now is about some sort of biometric scanner on the new iPhone. Perhaps not surprising given the AuthenTec buy — but surprised it would be this soon. Still, have heard it could be a big part of not only authentication, but payments of some sort (maybe even through Passbook) down the road. The most intriguing whisper: that Apple could charge a fee for devs to use it.

FWIW, Apple actually had this issue back when they were first developing the iPhone (yes, the first ever iPhone OS – that should tell you something). What are your thoughts on all of this? For those of you that don’t know, iOS 7 and iPhone 5S will likely be introduced at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). source

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