Apple’s iOS 7 Facing Delays Amidst Massive Redesign

Six weeks away from the start of Apple’s WWDC 2013, the pressure is on for iOS engineers in Cupertino, California.

According to published reports Wednesday, the race to finish iOS 7 in time for its big preview at the conference will come down to the wire.

For well over a month now, we’ve heard ample rumors about Sir Jonathan Ive’s purportedly ambitious redesign efforts for Apple’s mobile operating system. As it turns out, this enterprise has resulted in a major time crunch.

Apple’s engineers will reportedly need every minute between now and the start of WWDC to finish iOS 7.

Ive, 46, has begun revamping iPhone and iPad applications, shunning realistic images, such as wood bookshelves for the Newsstand feature, and he’s exploring more dramatic changes to the e-mail and calendar tools, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private.

Bloomberg reported this morning that Ive is also “methodically reviewing new designs, seeking to avoid a repeat of last year’s release of map tools.”

Although iOS 7 should still launch within the iOS ecosystem this September, internal deadlines for submitting features for testing “are being set later than past releases.”