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Looks like the new iPhone isn't the only item in the spotlight of Apple rumors today, as a Branch thread between several well-known Apple bloggers has revealed some interesting tidbits about iOS 7. According to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, iOS 7 is currently running behind schedule, so much so that Apple has pulled engineers off of OS X 10.9 to contribute to it. 

Continuing with iOS, Gruber claims that Apple engineers that are authorized to carry devices running the new version of iOS are sporting polarizing filters on the displays of their phones. This is reportedly done to decrease the viewing angles of the phone so that anyone nearby won't be able to see the new version of iOS that's onboard, which Gruber has been told features a "rather significant system-wide UI overhaul." Rene Ritchie of iMore says that he's heard the same thing, adding that the work that Jony Ive has done with iOS is pleasing quite a few people, but that it will disappoint any "rich-texture-loving designers."

Finally, MG Siegler notes that he's heard "multiple times" that Apple may utilize its acquisition of Authentec last year and add some kind of biometric scanner on the next iPhone. The scanner could be used for identification as well as possibly for payments at some point. 

As is usually the case with rumors, especially those that are Apple-related, it's worth noting that nothing is official until Tim Cook and Co. make it so. There is quite a bit of information contained within today's Branch thread that makes sense, though. For example, Apple industrial design SVP Jony Ive is now in charge of Human Interface iOS software team, and many have suspected that he could make some big changes in the next major version of iOS. One recent report suggested that Ive is pushing for a "flat design" in iOS that's "simple and stark." That'd be a change to iOS as we know it, and such a design isn't likely one that "rich-texture-loving designers" would advocate for.

Earlier today, a report claimed that Apple is aiming to ship out the next major version of iOS in the middle of this year, so we may only have to wait another few months before finding out exactly what Ive and Apple have up their sleeves for iOS 7. Do the claims about the new iOS in this latest leak have you interested in the next version of Apple's mobile operating system?

Via Daring Fireball, Branch


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Johan Bjäreholt
Johan Bjäreholt I want to see alot to change to a iPhone again. iPhones are simple and easy to use and can has all basic smartphone functions, but I WANTZ MOAR
Andrew Bissel
Andrew Bissel Open source
Adam Jermain
Adam Jermain No more or less sad than tech guys caring more about specs than actual functionality. An octo-core processor is still garbage if the OS isn't optimized to use it.
Sheck Welle
Sheck Welle Apple is a great company, has one of the best devices, almost the best design, unfortunately they have a software problem, IOS is cool, smooth, easy to use, most folks like it but it can be better, more customizable, apple should let us uninstall unecessary apps, give us better UI, Android is not far awasy better than IOS but is more usable IMO
Ryan Rees-Williams
Ryan Rees-Williams Well done bud, you can copy and paste! :)
Ryan Rees-Williams
Ryan Rees-Williams It would be nice but self contradicting slightly, live tiles/app icons is Windows Phone's thing ;) And the worst thing that could happen for iOS is to be known for copying Windows Phone because that would draw attention away from iOS and towards WP which only needs a slight push to become the next big mobile OS.
Chi Johnson
Chi Johnson they should make ios open source.........
Samantha Brown
Samantha Brown Steve Jobs was a creeep
Samantha Brown
Samantha Brown Iphones need a file manager & should let u copy and paste your files from computer to iphone. I owned a ipod classic in 2007 when it came out and it was the worst Portable music player i've ever bought.
Irsyad Redzuan
Irsyad Redzuan Swype keyboard, customizable animation n lock screen, faster safari experience n more camera functions that are SIMPLE
Mark Manson
Mark Manson Substancial overhaul meaning new icons for mail and safari and it can now show 2 ads instead of 1 when you load an app.
Joel Bautista
Joel Bautista Check this out! -> http://popsugar1601.tumblr.com/
Nipun Rao
Nipun Rao shut down the company
Enes Nadir Çomoglu
Enes Nadir Çomoglu As a retired iPhone user and a current Android user, i should say that i believe that what iOS needs is not widgets. Widgets are Android's thing. What would suit iOS is live app icons, loads of 'em. A live clock app icon is more classy than a humongous clock widget.
Edward Gonse
Edward Gonse Whatever the case may be for iOS 7, I hope my 4S will be compatible for it. I saw no real need to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and the eventual release of the 5S may change my mind. But if iOS 7 is more Evolution than Revolution, it's back to Android for me. I like my iPhone and the fact that other loyal iPhone owners only have to look forward to only 1 new phone release per year instead of being overwhelmed with a new Android phone release every 15 minutes to make consumers foam at the mouth for the "Next Big Thing". No pun intended.
Nick Sanford
Nick Sanford oh and if morgan freeman was the new siri's voice.. that alone would sell millions.. just saying
Nick Sanford
Nick Sanford The sad part is people are going to buy the new Iphone because it is an "iphone" they dont care about specs hardware software as alot of tech guys do.. there going to just buy it beacaues its the latest Iphone.. which is sad because they have no idea what they are missing
Pierce Swan
Pierce Swan A button to self destruct the device. Might buy one just to hit that button and go back to my android phone that slays it. But seriously... apple needs to reinvent the look some. I can't stand iOS as a platform. Its boring and to me it's too simple/basic. Its kinda like short yellow school bus kinda basic. Its needing a full overhaul.
Tim Miyashiro
Tim Miyashiro Whatever they add in, they'll call it REVOLUTIONARY AND INNOVATIVE even though the features they are marking have been around for years on other devices.
Anthony P. Schulz
Anthony P. Schulz Lets hope so, because if it doesn't. I most likely will be getting android phone.
Xaviel Lugo
Xaviel Lugo Coming to iOS 7 Windows Phone 8 live tiles or soon to be known as iTiles by the apple fan boys. Lol.
Sean McCollum
Sean McCollum Maybe they'll make the screen 4.5", some odd resolution like the current phone (xxxx by 640), and revolutionize the industry by adding an extra row of icons.
Dayan Inclán
Dayan Inclán Be made more like Android
Stephen Utterback
Stephen Utterback Turn it into Android 4.2.
James Norwood
James Norwood They need to abandon all phone development and stick to media only.
Jeremy Hass
Jeremy Hass I have a Corporate friend at Cupertino, as much as he pushes apple I'll never use an iphone (they suck)
Sheck Welle
Sheck Welle iOS (previously iPhone OS) is a mobile operating system developed and distributed by Apple Inc. Originally released in 2007 for the iPhone and iPod Touch, it has been extended to support other Apple devices such as the iPad and Apple TV. Unlike Microsoft's Windows Phone (Windows CE) and Google's Android, Apple does not license iOS for installation on non-Apple hardware. As of September 12, 2012, Apple's App Store contained more than 700,000 iOS applications, which have collectively been downloaded more than 30 billion times.[4] It had a 21% share of the smartphone mobile operating system units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012, behind only Google's Android.[5] In June 2012, it accounted for 65% of mobile web data consumption (including use on both the iPod Touch and the iPad).[6] At the half of 2012, there were 410 million devices activated.[7] According to the special media event held by Apple on September 12, 2012, 400 million devices have been sold through June 2012.[8] The user interface of iOS is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interface control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the iOS operating system and its multi-touch interface. Internal accelerometers are used by some applications to respond to shaking the device (one common result is the undo command) or rotating it in three dimensions (one common result is switching from portrait to landscape mode). iOS is derived from OS X, with which it shares the Darwin foundation. iOS is Apple's mobile version of the OS X operating system used on Apple computers. In iOS, there are four abstraction layers: the Core OS layer, the Core Services layer, the Media layer, and the Cocoa Touch layer. The current version of the operating system (iOS 6.1.3) dedicates 1-1.5 GB of the device's flash memory for the system partition, using roughly 800 MB of that partition (varying by model) for iOS itself.[9][10] iOS currently runs on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV.
Bryce Jordan
Bryce Jordan apple sucks. android all the way
Rishab Bhatt
Rishab Bhatt i was but facebook organizes it something else
Michele Fore
Michele Fore It'd be funny if you actually were the top comment. LOL
Jude Fils-Aime
Jude Fils-Aime yawn same old boring P.O.S.
Guillermo De León
Guillermo De León Stop the vibration when a notification comes in when on a call.
Jody Warrick
Jody Warrick Was it everything you thought it would be Rishab? Lol
Adrian Salazar
Adrian Salazar I think Apple Inc. needs to ditch iOS and go with Android, only this way will the iPhone succeed and go the way of the Dodo...
Patrick Phillips
Patrick Phillips Widgets
Mike Cooper
Mike Cooper new siri voice dat bitch gettin old
Nick Guerrero G
Nick Guerrero G Iphone needs a whole software and body overhaul.
Izzi Piper
Izzi Piper well apple achieved the impossible
Noe Brito
Noe Brito So in other words, be more like Windows Phone.
Noe Brito
Noe Brito Nothing is perfect, ever.
Cj Espiritu
Cj Espiritu D
Cj Espiritu
Cj Espiritu I would like to have livewallpaper and widgets like androi
Bobby OReilly
Bobby OReilly Changing the color of the status bar isn't what you call a UI overhaul
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling Not one decent human being on earth should mourn the loss of that man.He lived his life as a backstabbing,dishonest asshole and karma struck him with cancer for it and took him slow and painfully on top of it.All considered,he got off easy.
Jon Ashley
Jon Ashley If it could run android thatd be a start
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling perfection is an idea,not an occurence.
Brent Legendre
Brent Legendre The big problem with Apple is they made a product so perfect they struggle with making it better.
Leo Baxter
Leo Baxter "Live" icons, like the calendar icon, that stay current. The weather app icon could display conditions and temp. Also, quick toggles in the notification center. Seriously, they're not that hard to do.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis I miss Steve jobs... Oh well time for an android
Roger
Roger sadly from the death of Steve Jobs... iOS has long been done for..... no new ideas that will be really beyond your imagination...
Rishab Bhatt
Rishab Bhatt I'll say it again, just in case you don't understand it: I feel so honored to be the first comment. All of my hard work and dedication has paid off. Getting the top comment has been a dream of mine for many years, and I would like to thank those who have helped me along the way. First and foremost I would like to thank god for giving me this opportunity. Next I would like to thank my parents. I want to thank my dog Nelson, for always there for me. I would also like to thank my pet tadpole for surviving against all odds for over a week. Next I would like to thank the squirrel that lives in my backyard for climbing trees because that gives me inspiration that I need to get through the day. I also want to thank Corey Nelson for giving me someone to beat in Mario Party. This is a special moment in my life and I would like to thank any of my unmentioned friends and family that have helped me along the way. This moment will be a moment that I will never forget. I just remembered a few other people I would like to thank; Facebook, the fish I caught in the third grade, my light in my room because I wouldn’t be able to see the keyboard without it, the internet for letting me go on Facebook, my house because without it I would be homeless, and last but not least I would like to thank all the people out there that actually took time out of their day to read this. I cannot stress how much of a big deal to me this is. I have been trying to be the first comment on a post for years, but that has not been possible until this amazing day. Hopefully my good luck will continue, but this is undoubtedly a rare occasion. If you asked me how I did this, I would say, you can achieve anything you set your mind on. To all the kids out there reading this, I would like to tell them to follow their dreams. Being the top comment is amazing, thank you everyone.
Nick Petrizzio
Nick Petrizzio Somehow I doubt they'll change it
Jesse Robert Bochek
Jesse Robert Bochek I think they need to change up the UI. Ditch the gradients and the chrome.
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels gona be like Android?
Jesse Robert Bochek
Jesse Robert Bochek dafuq
Matthew Swanson
Matthew Swanson Please give the user interface a new tune-up so it doesn't look so dated. WIDGETS PLEASE!!! Some more customization might be nice, themes or something...
James Norwood
James Norwood Android will still murder iOS. Haha.
Kevin Medlock
Kevin Medlock I think they should allow the little clock on the clock/alarm app to actually work! And definitely a widget or two!
Rishab Bhatt
Rishab Bhatt I feel so honored to be the first comment. All of my hard work and dedication has paid off. Getting the top comment has been a dream of mine for many years, and I would like to thank those who have helped me along the way. First and foremost I would like to thank god for giving me this opportunity. Next I would like to thank my parents. I want to thank my dog Nelson, for always there for me. I would also like to thank my pet tadpole for surviving against all odds for over a week. Next I would like to thank the squirrel that lives in my backyard for climbing trees because that gives me inspiration that I need to get through the day. I also want to thank Corey Nelson for giving me someone to beat in Mario Party. This is a special moment in my life and I would like to thank any of my unmentioned friends and family that have helped me along the way. This moment will be a moment that I will never forget. I just remembered a few other people I would like to thank; Facebook, the fish I caught in the third grade, my light in my room because I wouldn’t be able to see the keyboard without it, the internet for letting me go on Facebook, my house because without it I would be homeless, and last but not least I would like to thank all the people out there that actually took time out of their day to read this. I cannot stress how much of a big deal to me this is. I have been trying to be the first comment on a post for years, but that has not been possible until this amazing day. Hopefully my good luck will continue, but this is undoubtedly a rare occasion. If you asked me how I did this, I would say, you can achieve anything you set your mind on. To all the kids out there reading this, I would like to tell them to follow their dreams. Being the top comment is amazing, thank you everyone.




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