STEVE JOBS' FAVOURITE Jony Ive reportedly has overhauled the design of Apple's next iOS mobile operating system iteration ahead of its debut at the firm's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) next month.
Jony Ive is best known for his work on the designs of Apple's gadget hardware, but following the departure of Apple software chief Scott Forstall last year he also took the reigns of iOS and OS X.
Bloomberg has reported that Ive is taking his new role seriously too, having heard from "people with knowledge of the matter" that he has drastically changed iOS. Apple fans shouldn't expect Microsoft-like Live Tiles or Android style widgets though, the report said, with Ive instead focusing on apps' icons and graphic designs.
Ive apparently has "began revamping iPhone and iPad applications" ahead of the June debut of iOS 7, which has involved shunning realistic images such as that used for the Newsstand icon.
The gold Blue Peter badge owner apparently has also started making more drastic changes to certain preloaded iOS apps such as Mail and Calendar, and supposedly is looking into gesture control, as if taking tips from the Samsung Galaxy S4.
It's unclear what changes he is making, but the new look might echo Apple's Mac OS X designs.
While this is exciting news for Apple fans who have long put up with the same iOS software, there is some bad news. Ive and his team apparently are running behind schedule with the iOS redesign, which could see the mobile operating system update end up late for its debut at WWDC.
However, Bloomberg reports that despite these setbacks, Apple is still planning to release iOS 7 as early as September. µ
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