Skip to main content

Redesigned iOS 7 and iRadio launch both on for WWDC, say WSJ sources

ios-7-cat-mem-1The Wall Street Journal has published a pair of reports saying Apple will launch a redesigned version of its mobile operating system, and a new streaming music service, during its WWDC 2013 keynote presentation tonight. The WSJ’s sources also confirm what we already knew about iOS 7: that Jony Ive has been involved in its creation, and that it will have a whole new look.

The skeumorphic design elements – which Apple staff have apparently called, “outdated” – will be dropped, and solid backgrounds with plenty of white space will come in. In addition to this, which is where we expected the OS to be going anyway, iOS 7 will also include, “New ways to share photos and videos with other iPhone users,” plus some considerably less specific, “enhancements.”

Along with iOS 7 will come a music streaming service, which has been given the completely unofficial name of iRadio by the press. The New York Times also chimes in on the subject, saying people briefed in the negotiations have informed the newspaper iRadio will, “stream songs over a data connection,” and will, “be free, but supported by ads.”

So, the reports seemingly confirm what we had already heard, but they both go against another story, which states all the rumors we’ve heard regarding WWDC are false. Attributed to an anonymous source and quoted by Apple commentator John Gruber, this would make all the above information wrong, too. Apple is known for vigorously defending its secrets, but could it have spread this much misinformation regarding the contents of its WWDC keynote?

You’d have to be brave to bet against it happening entirely, but the odds are stacked in favor of iRadio and a flat iOS 7 being two of the stars at today’s big event. You can read about all the other WWDC rumors here, and we’ll bring you full coverage of the event once the presentation begins at 10:00am Pacific Time today.

Editors' Recommendations

Andy Boxall
Andy is a Senior Writer at Digital Trends, where he concentrates on mobile technology, a subject he has written about for…
Here’s how iOS 18 will make iMessage better than ever
Close-up photo of the Messages app on an iPhone.

We can't wait for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2024) keynote on Monday, June 10. During that event, Apple will undoubtedly introduce iOS 18 for iPhones, including the iPhone 15 Pro. The rumor mill has long suggested that iOS 18 may be a giant iPhone update.

Now, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has given us a peek at what changes could be coming to iMessage in the upcoming software update.

Read more
Here’s how iOS 18 is going to overhaul your iPhone’s email app
An iPhone showing the home screen in someone's hand.

We're just days away from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2024), which means we're about to get our first look at iOS 18. The new iPhone operating system is expected to get RCS texting in the iMessage app, more customization options for the home screen, and maybe a significant design change overall. Now comes word that changes will be made to the native Mail app.

According to AppleInsider, the Mail app is about to undergo a significant transformation. It's getting a powerful new search tool, Smart Replies, automatic sorting for different email types, and more. But the real excitement lies in the app's expected integration of AI functionality, a feature becoming a hallmark of iOS 18.

Read more
iOS 18 may fix one of my biggest issues with the iPhone
The quick settings screen in iOS 17 on the Apple iPhone 15 Plus

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2024 is just a few days away, and it’s definitely going to be a big one. There’s been a lot of talk about Apple finally adding some AI smarts in iOS 18 and macOS 15 -- but AI won’t be the only new thing coming.

A new report from MacRumors suggests that Apple is overhauling the Control Center with a new design and more customization options in iOS 18. This isn’t the first time that we heard this rumor. However, it seems that multiple sources who are familiar with the matter, according to MacRumors, claim that Apple has tested a redesigned version of Control Center for iOS 18.

Read more