Perhaps it is a bit of a misnomer to suggest that the newest operating system for the iPhone will be delayed. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has never released a schedule for its updates, but sources close to the Cupertino giant are suggesting that it may be some time yet before users see something new. Once again these comments are coming from John Gruber, a man that has shown repeatedly to have reliable sources inside Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Gruber mentions that while Apple is ramping up production for two new iPhones, these new phones may be released without being preceded by an updated OS. The last two iPhone releases came in the fall with a new iOS being released before it in the summer.
Gruber believes that this is due to the addition of designer Jony Ive’s addition to the iOS team. Ive has been the head of Apple’s hardware designs for years, but has been working on the iOS team since last October. Given that the iOS hasn’t really changed since its debut in 2007, one could expect that this is due to change. While the old saying goes, “If ain’t broke don’t fix it,” Apple has to believe that a major change is overdue if not necessary. Innovation waits for no man and Android won’t either.
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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 another who has a track-record of reporting accurate “gossip” coming out of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Following those comments one could be forgiven for assuming that skeuomorphism is on its way out. Skeuomorphism is what iOS uses to produce the wood-grain textures in Newstand and iBook that many customers abhor.
Going back to Mr. Gruber comments on the top secret nature of Ive’s work, “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.” This works fantastically well, at least until one of your engineers carries it into a bar and fails to carry it out; something that seems to happen prior to a new iPhone release.
It is widely believed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be releasing two phones this year. The iPhone 5S will just be a spec update of the iPhone 5 as well as a cheaper version of the iPhone that will include a cheaper non-metal casing according to the Wall Street Journal, “Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been working on different colour shells for the phone but its plans remain unclear.”