WSJ Confirms New iOS 7 Design, 'iRadio' Introduction at WWDC

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple will announce a significant redesign of its iOS software and a streaming-music service tomorrow at WWDC according to a pair of reports from The Wall Street Journal posted this evening.

    The newspaper confirms longstanding rumors that iOS will see a substantial redesign overseen by Jony Ive, Apple's chief designer. It sources "people involved in its development" as saying the iOS redesign will drop the skeumorphic design favored by the ousted Scott Forstall in favor of "plain solid backgrounds and more white space."

    Ive's substantial "flat" redesign of the iOS interface has been rumored for several weeks. Several alleged leaks have appeared, though it's unclear if any of these have been legitimate.

    Prior to the publication of these two articles, prominent Apple journalist John Gruber claimed on a podcast that "all the leaks are wrong" with regards to iOS 7. It's unclear if he was referring to leaked images of the user interface or more broad-based rumors of a significant UI overhaul.

    In addition to details regarding the iOS redesign, the WSJ also shared some other possible tidbits about tomorrow's presentation.
    The new ways to share photos and videos may be a reference to AirDrop, a feature that was rumored to be included in iOS 7. Unlike the UI redesign and the streaming-music service, the paper did not cite any sources with regards to new laptop models and an update to OS X.

    In a separate article, the WSJ all-but confirmed that Apple will launch a streaming-music service at WWDC tomorrow. The tech press has nicknamed the initiative 'iRadio', and the ad-supported service is expected to significantly compete against Pandora, one of the most popular applications on the iPhone.
    The paper said talks between Apple and record labels and publishers have been in the works for more than a year, with Apple delaying the planned launch of the service in order to reach satisfactory agreements. Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president for Internet Software and Services, is said to be the main negotiator behind the deals.

    Contract negotiations related to how much Apple will need to pay in royalties for songs, as well as how much Apple would need to pay for songs that listeners choose to skip. Pandora's contract agreements require that it pay for skipped songs as if they were listened to in full, while the WSJ reports that Apple will not be required to pay for skipped tracks under some of its deals.

    Update: The New York Times echoes the above report:
    The keynote for tomorrow's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off tomorrow at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. MacRumors will have live coverage of the proceedings.

    Article Link: WSJ Confirms New iOS 7 Design, 'iRadio' Introduction at WWDC
  2. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Apple leaking information and setting expectations.

    Seems like they can't wait for tomorrow.
  3. aDRock1154 macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2011
    I'll just be happy for the rumors to end.

    Also, flat.
  4. macdude3 macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2010
    Really? iOS 7 is going to be announced tomorrow? I would never have guessed:rolleyes:
  5. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    "WSJ Confirms New iOS 7 Design"

    OMG it's SO MUCH MORE credible now...yawn.
    better late to the party than never.
    seriously, we all knew it like 3 months ago.
  6. mnbinth macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2008
    Even iOS eh? I wonder what else can get 0.007% thinner tomorrow...
  7. CrazyForApple macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  8. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    Apple spinning this where they didn't need to do before doesn't sound too good.
  9. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    First this and then Breaking Bad returning.

    This is turning out to be a terrific month!
  10. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Airdrop then, it is very intriguing on how this is work in iOS ?
    Maybe apple would introduce some sort of file manager to iOS
    Well hopefully. And also ability send files thru bluetooth please, Apple.
  11. MOKHAN macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2011
    Toronto, Canada
    My blood
  12. Populus macrumors 6502


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    I was expecting to see something about new OSX :(
    As well as new rMBP Haswell powered :(
  13. robjulo macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2010
  14. mabhatter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    HD anybody noticed the random colored shapes on the posters look like Apple TVs?
  15. Macthemaca macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2012
    people outside the US will have to wait at least a year for iRadio!
  16. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Spin? Apple hasn't said a thing yet so it spinning is literally impossible at this point. All we have now are uncredited "sources," and even those report are vague.
  17. jlgolson Contributing Editor


    Jun 2, 2011
    Durango, CO
    Nah, this is very, very normal behavior for Apple. They routinely leak broad-based details of events to a major press outlet or two the night before an event.
  18. msuman macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2012
    Breaking Bad is returning August 11...
  19. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2011
    South Melbourne, Australia
    i'll .... stick to my spotify....meanwhile :D
  20. brandon8419 macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2011
    I'm just going to go into this without any grand expectations, an open mind and hope for the best :) I'm excited for some of the rumored changes
  21. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Interesting take... maybe the tag line "a whole new world developing" is Apple opening up Apple TV. You could be on to something there.
  22. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Ah, you're correct.
    I was thinking, "Housewives of Beverly Hills".

    I get those two shows confused.
  23. Nalmond92 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    God, I hope not! :mad:
  24. Ingot macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2010
    Nope. There are very easy workarounds widely available for non U.S. residents to enjoy american only web services. I do all the time (eg. U.S. Netflix in Canada on multiple devices).
  25. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    The walled garden has a door. You are welcome to come and go as you please. No one is forcing you to use Apple products. Android is just outside the gates.

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