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Wednesday
May012013

Apple's Upcoming iOS 7 May Have New Look

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Speculation is rampant about what visual changes Apple may work into the latest version of its mobile device software, iOS 7, set to be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, June 10-14.

Sources familiar with the changes in the software that powers the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch have said Apple is moving away from a realism look -- the way elements and apps have been built to replicate real life with three-dimensional layering and faux texturing -- and introducing a simpler, “flatter” design, according to Bloomberg News. A report by 9to5Mac corroborates this report, citing sources that said the new elements in iOS 7 will be moving in the direction of Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Metro” UI.

The event invitation for WWDC is even being sniffed for clues. “Apple’s WWDC 2013 logo, the art for the conference in which iOS 7 will be announced, has sparked speculation about flat interface design with its modern, lightweight text and other elements,” 9to5Mac posted.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, a known Apple speculator, has also commented on an “apparently rather significant system-wide UI overhaul” for the newest version of Apple’s mobile OS. He posted that Apple employees have been asked to use polarizing filters on their iPhone displays, making it difficult for observers see the design changes ahead of the iOS 7 announcement.

These purported software changes are attributed to the new oversight of software design by Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design. Ive, head of the team responsible for the lauded iPhone and iPod hardware, has been given extended influence over mobile software design after the Apple Maps blunder and exit of former senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall, Bloomberg News reported.

The general look and style of Apple’s iOS has remained the same since being introduced in 2007. Since then, Google’s Android has been visually revamped a number of times, most recently under the supervision of Palm WebOS convert Matias Duarte. New designs have also been brought to market by Microsoft with Windows Phone offerings and by Blackberry with the latest line of Blackberry 10 devices.

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Monday
Jun112012

Apple to Preview iOS5, New MacBook Pros at Conference

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday will take the stage at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, where he is expected to preview quite a bit of the tech giant's new products, including the next version of the iPhone operating system (iOS 6) and new Apple MacBook Pro and Air laptops.

Speaking at the All Things D conference two weeks ago, Cook discussed that both Siri improvements and more Facebook integration was coming to the iPhone and iPad.  Both those new features are expected to be large parts of the forthcoming iOS 6 operating system for the iPhone and iPad that will be previewed on Monday.

Cook and Apple executives will also discuss other new features coming to the iPhone and iPad, including a possible new maps application.  The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Apple was planning to replace the Google Maps app on the iPhone with its own 3D mapping solution.  Last week, Google held a Maps event, but would not discuss its relationship with Apple.

iOS 6 is not expected to be released to the public for a couple of months.  On Monday, like in years past, it will likely be released for developers that build apps and other accessories for the iPhone.

Apple is not expected to discuss the next iPhone or the iPhone 5 at the WWDC.  Industry experts and analysts expect the new iPhone hardware, which has been rumored to have a larger display, to be released in the early fall, when iOS 6 is officially available for all to download.

On Monday, Cook is also expected to focus on Apple's laptops and desktops, and Mountain Lion, Apple's next version of its Mac operating system.  Along with a preview of the new software, Apple is heavily rumored to be releasing new MacBook Pros and Airs with brand new high-resolution Retina Displays.  ABC News previously reported that the MacBook Pros will have Nvidia graphics and Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors.

Apple is also likely to provide details on the future of its iCloud service, which provides users cloud storage space and access to music, contacts, and apps from any device.

The WWDC is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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Tuesday
May312011

Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Deliver Keynote Next Week

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote address at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company says it plans to unveil some major software updates and a new cloud-based initiative.

Though the Apple CEO remains on medical leave, the company said Tuesday that Jobs and a team of executives will debut Lion -- its latest update to Mac OS X -- and iOS 5, the next version of the company’s operating system used in iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

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Tuesday
Mar292011

iPhone 5 Rumor Round-Up: Will New Phone Be Delayed?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Apple's newest device, the iPad 2, has barely been on store shelves for a month, but the Silicon Valley rumor mill is already churning out news about when the company's next product, the iPhone 5, will be released.

This week, the company announced the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference -- the summer event at which Apple CEO Steve Jobs has traditionally released the company's latest smartphone models.

But the announcement's focus on software (not hardware, like the iPhone) left industry watchers wondering if the omission means that Apple will break with tradition and delay the iPhone 5 launch to later in the summer or fall.

Citing sources inside the company, respected Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple wrote on his blog The Loop that Apple fans should not expect any iPhones, iPads or Mac products to come out of the June event.

"Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference saying it would focus on iOS and Mac OS," he said.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News, but in the past has said that it does not comment on rumor or speculation.

Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group, said that given parts shortages, it's possible that the company would delay the iPhone 5 launch to later in the year. But he cautioned that during this time of year, Apple rumors tend to get kicked around online and not all of them are true.

In a press release, Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said, "At this year's conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS. If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss."

Still, while developers may flock to the annual Apple conference (according to the event's website it sold out one day after the announcement), Apple fans will remain hungry for details on the elusive iPhone 5.

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