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Report: iOS 7 Will Ship On Time Thanks to OS X Engineers

By - Source: AllThingsD | B 12 comments

Don't panic, iPhone fans.

Yesterday, reports surfaced that iOS 7 may be delayed due to an extensive redesign from Jony Ive. However, today brings word that iOS 7 will ship on time.

Bloomberg on Wednesday reported that unnamed sources close to the iOS development team said that iOS 7 may be delayed due to the complete overhaul of the interface and core apps. These sources claimed that internal deadlines for submitting features to be tested have been set later than past releases. Thus, Apple is pushing to compile enough of the system to preview at WWDC in June, and then will possibly release the platform in September already installed on the new models of iOS devices. However, AllThingsD cites its own unnamed sources that say Apple is 'mustering additional engineering resources' to get iOS 7 finished in time for a preview at its WWDC.

These sources compared the scenario to Apple pulling OS X 10.5 engineers to work on the original iPhone and said engineers from OS X 10.9 have been borrowed from the OS X division and are working on iOS 7. These sources added: "It will ship on time."

Of course, 'on time' doesn't mean much when we don't have a release date for iOS 7 to begin with. Looking back on iOS 6, that was previewed in June and launched in September. Similarly, iOS 5 was previewed at WWDC in June and not released until October. Both times, the new version of iOS was released alongside the new iteration of iPhone. There has been talk of Apple returning to its old summer-update cycle for the iPhone. If that's the case, and the iPhone 5S/6 is announced in June and released in July, then we can expect to see iOS 7 released this summer as well. However, if there's no iPhone, then iOS 7 will likely not be released until we see some new hardware.

Given the talk of Apple pulling engineers from OS X to work on iOS, we think it's pretty likely the release date is set for summertime. And, when you consider the fact that iOS 6 was only released last September, it's not surprising that the iOS team is pushed for time -- it's only been eight months since iOS 6 went out the door. 

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    slomo4sho , May 2, 2013 2:43 PM
    People still get excited about iPhone and iPod news?
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    dalethepcman , May 2, 2013 4:27 PM
    Congratulations iphone 4 users,.. Apple is about to shove so much bloat into their new OS and then force you to install it, so that your 4 becomes a paper weight.
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    sundragon , May 2, 2013 4:44 PM
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    Congratulations iphone 4 users,.. Apple is about to shove so much bloat into their new OS and then force you to install it, so that your 4 becomes a paper weight.


    Thanks :)  At least the manufacturer is giving them an update for a 3 year old device...
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    dalethepcman , May 2, 2013 4:59 PM
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    Thanks :)  At least the manufacturer is giving them an update for a 3 year old device...


    You can install jelly bean on a nexus one if you want, and it works great. Google makes their updates available, but not mandatory. Apple forces your hardware to update weather you like it or not, even if it makes your phone unusable.

    Bad mouth Android fragmentation all you want, but it has its upside. At least android (and the handset manufacturers) still maintain support for older devices and OS's so you can continue to use the device you purchased.

    Reading all the threads of people permanently placing their iphones into airplane mode so they can at least use it as an ipod touch (ios 4 release) is sad.
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    lordstormdragon , May 2, 2013 6:12 PM
    So let me get this straight... Apple's product is "shipping" thanks to Apple? That's some really impressive logic, Jane. You should be a writer some day, when you're all grown up.
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    redeemer , May 2, 2013 6:49 PM
    You guys underestimate Apple they have the talent to pull off anything. Now with Android ready to burn house down we will see the best Apple
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    sundragon , May 2, 2013 8:35 PM
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    Quote:

    Thanks :)  At least the manufacturer is giving them an update for a 3 year old device...


    You can install jelly bean on a nexus one if you want, and it works great. Google makes their updates available, but not mandatory. Apple forces your hardware to update weather you like it or not, even if it makes your phone unusable.

    Bad mouth Android fragmentation all you want, but it has its upside. At least android (and the handset manufacturers) still maintain support for older devices and OS's so you can continue to use the device you purchased.

    Reading all the threads of people permanently placing their iphones into airplane mode so they can at least use it as an ipod touch (ios 4 release) is sad.


    You've got to be kidding me! :D 

    Everyone who owns a Android handset deserves an update without having to root!

    You're an apologist for the fragmentation that causes 44% of Android users to run Android 3.2 Gingerbread - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system) A version of Android that has security holes and bugs? Even when older devices like your Nexus One can handle all the Jelly Bean goodness?

    Google should be following the software update standards that Microsoft or Linux (pick a version) use. Their OS updates happen regardless of hardware. They don't throw the yoke of updates on Dell... There are thousands of versions of hardware running Linux and Windows, Old computers to new, far more than all the Android handsets so there is no excuse for this.
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    jezzjc , May 3, 2013 12:09 AM
    "engineers"... I lol'd.
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    CrArC , May 3, 2013 5:18 AM
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    You've got to be kidding me! :D 

    Everyone who owns a Android handset deserves an update without having to root!

    You're an apologist for the fragmentation that causes 44% of Android users to run Android 3.2 Gingerbread - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system) A version of Android that has security holes and bugs? Even when older devices like your Nexus One can handle all the Jelly Bean goodness?

    Google should be following the software update standards that Microsoft or Linux (pick a version) use. Their OS updates happen regardless of hardware. They don't throw the yoke of updates on Dell... There are thousands of versions of hardware running Linux and Windows, Old computers to new, far more than all the Android handsets so there is no excuse for this.


    I think you mean Android 2.3, old chap :p 

    What are you talking about, security holes and bugs? As if that's any different to any OS on any platform, ever?

    Google can't adopt the software models of desktop operating systems because it's impractical. If you don't understand why (and it appears you don't) then this and the issue of fragmentation is probably not a conversation worth having until you understand a little more.

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    Non-Euclidean , May 3, 2013 5:59 AM
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    Google should be following the software update standards that Microsoft or Linux (pick a version) use. Their OS updates happen regardless of hardware. They don't throw the yoke of updates on Dell... There are thousands of versions of hardware running Linux and Windows, Old computers to new, far more than all the Android handsets so there is no excuse for this.


    The next time you post something that demonstrates factual knowledge of the android ecosystem will be the first. Its amazing the way your cherry pick facts and add fiction in an attempt to slam Google over Android releases. Google deserves slamming for many things but their releases of Android arent it.

    1) Your MS-Dell/pc analogy doesnt have any value (aside from the fact that you wrote it). Dell doesnt add customizations to the OS of functionality the user cant remove, which mandate a customization of the OS patch for installation. Droid phone carriers do.

    2) Dell users can connect to MS to download patches and fixes. Droid users cant get updates from Google.

    3) Users of pcs can update at any time. Droid phone users cant, without hacking the OS.

    Go back under your bridge, Apple-Troll.
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    dalethepcman , May 3, 2013 11:03 AM
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    So let me get this straight... Apple's product is "shipping" thanks to Apple? That's some really impressive logic, Jane. You should be a writer some day, when you're all grown up.


    Good to know that you stay up to date on tech news. This is a follow up to the reports of iOS 7 being delayed due to so many feature modifications and UI changes. To remediate the demand on their iOS developers, they pulled the osX team in to help.

    If you bothered clicking the "more about" link its the second article in the list.

    Also, way to be a dick. /rude
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    goodegg , May 6, 2013 9:23 PM
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    Congratulations iphone 4 users,.. Apple is about to shove so much bloat into their new OS and then force you to install it, so that your 4 becomes a paper weight.


    That's interesting that you mention that.

    Currently, a 16GB iPhone shows 13GB available to the user.
    Currently, a 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 shows 8.8GB available to the user.

    Bloat, indeed!