Some interesting information has come courtesy of Daring Fireball’s John Gruber today, who released some details regarding iOS 7.
On a Branch post started by MG Siegler, Gruber said
What I’ve heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it.
Unlike last year, OS X 10.9 has not been previewed as of yet, and if this rumour has basis to it, then we may not see 10.9 for a little while longer.
As mentioned by Gruber, this isn’t the first time this has happened, with OS X Leopard put on hold to make way for further developments to the iPhone back in 2007.
Regarding Ive: 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.
As expected, it looks like Ive, in his new position, is giving an overhaul to the design of iOS. To what extent is unclear, but it may likely be the reason iOS development is behind schedule.
As for events, I’ve heard nothing, but I’d think Apple would like to introduce the new Mini-style full-size iPad in April. If we don’t see it in April, I’d guess that it’s late. And if it’s late, I think they’d do a standalone event in May rather than hold it until WWDC in (I presume) June.
I don’t think they would want to unveil the new iPad at WWDC alongside iOS 7, because the new iPad won’t ship with iOS 7. It’d be weird to introduce the iPad and do demos of crufty old iOS 6 and then moments later show off the new hotness of iOS 7.
In addition to this, it is unlikely for the iPad to share the attention with other products, especially iOS 7, and likely new Macs. As seen over the past few years, the iPad has a dedicated event, and rightly deserves one, considering how important it is to Apple.