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iOS 7 starts appearing on web servers

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By Barry Collins

Posted on 9 May 2013 at 10:35

The next version of the iPhone/iPad operating system - iOS 7 - appears to be edging closer to launch, with the OS beginning to show up in website visitor logs.

Apple may unveil iOS 7 - possibly alongside the next-generation iPhone - at next's month Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).

Judging by web server stats, it seems there are plenty of Apple employees already running the next-generation OS. One mobile site specialist, Onswipe, claimed that it's seen a big spike in iOS 7 users in the vicinity of Apple's Cupertino headquarters, according to TechCrunch.

In the past week, almost one in five visitors to mobile websites in the Cupertino area were running iOS 7, Onswipe claimed. Apple typically tests new versions of iOS amongst its thousands of employees before allowing developers to get their hands on the beta OS.

iOS 7 is even beginning to show up in PC Pro's web analytics: five visitors to our website this month have been running devices identified as running iOS 7.

iOS 7 is expected to deliver a massive visual overhaul of Apple's OS. With Jonathan Ive now in charge of software design, the OS is likely to drop its familiar skeuomorphic design in favour of a much flatter, understated appearance. Ive is also reported to be working on improving iOS's notifications and messaging alerts.

Even if iOS 7 is unveiled at next month's WWDC, it's unlikely to appear on handsets before the autumn.

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User comments

Will they catch up with Android this time ?

Really hope Apple can catch up with Android a bit.
The Ipad 4 is nice piece of hardware let down by a dated interface. My S3 with Android 4.2.2 is so much faster and easier to use.
Swype keyboard is the way to go and widgets

By siddallj on 9 May 2013

Will they catch up with Android this time ?

Really hope Apple can catch up with Android a bit.
The Ipad 4 is nice piece of hardware let down by a dated interface. My S3 with Android 4.2.2 is so much faster and easier to use.
Swype keyboard is the way to go and widgets

By siddallj on 9 May 2013

Will they catch up with Android this time ?

Really hope Apple can catch up with Android a bit.
The Ipad 4 is nice piece of hardware let down by a dated interface. My S3 with Android 4.2.2 is so much faster and easier to use.
Swype keyboard is the way to go and widgets

By siddallj on 9 May 2013

I miss swype, but that's all...

By billy_love on 9 May 2013

my predictions

It will have flat, squarer icons. They might flip over to show notifications on the reverse.
Facebook and twitter feeds will be incorporated into the OS. No need to launch an app.
There will be a Work app that lets you synchronize with the cloud and open word processor and spreadsheet files right on your phone. You'll get 7.1Gb free storage in the cloud and will be renamed iSkyDrive, or something.
Thank your Gods for Apple and innovation. Woe betide any upstart that wants to pinch any of it, either!

By nickallison on 10 May 2013

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