iOS 7 Release Date Delayed: Apple Next Gen Operating System Getting Major Overhaul

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Usually, new versions of Apple iOS are eagerly awaited by the tech world. Following on the same lines, the iOS 7, the next version of the Apple's mobile platform is highly anticipated by many. Now, there is some information about the iOS 7 offering users a little concern on its delay.

It is taking longer to develop iOS 7 then perhaps Apple believed it would, because the company has pulled engineers off of Apple's main desktop operating system to help with its mobile platform. The comments about the delay come from John Gruber of Daring Fireball, long recognized as someone with an inside track at things going on in Cupertino. Further, Gruber also suggests that the iOS 7 will have a major overhaul in terms of user interface.

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

iOS 7 Release Date Delayed: Operating System Getting Major Overhaul

Ive's work is "apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad," according to iMore's Rene Ritchie. Some people in the design world complain about Apple's use of skeuomorphism in iOS design, which adds textures and an authentic, real-world look to some of its apps.

Commenting on the same, Gruber noted that, "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."

Given the Apple's recent track record of releasing new mobile operating system versions each fall, many expected iOS 7 to arrive at about the same time. It has to be noted that back in 2007, Apple did something similar to this by releasing iPhone and delaying the OS X.

A separate report in The Wall Street Journal says Apple will begin production on the next iPhone soon and that two new iPhones are in the works. The first new device is a refreshed iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one, which is speculated to be called iPhone 5S. The second device will be a less expensive iPhone that will keep the 4.0-inch display, but will swap out the metal casing for something less expensive.

Apple never publicly set a release schedule for iOS 7, so saying it has been delayed is perhaps not the right term to be used. Moreover, software delays are not stopping Apple's hardware team from moving forward. Hence, there could be no significant delay in the launch of the next iPhone.

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