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Bloomberg: Jony Ive said to be considering ‘more dramatic’ changes to email and calendar amid iOS 7 overhaul

It’s hardly been a secret that Apple’s Jony Ive is exploring some more radical changes to iOS since taking the design reins for software in addition to hardware, but Bloomberg is now reporting some new details that paint a better picture of just what’s going on in the lead-up to iOS 7.iphone-5-side-340

As previously reported, that includes what’s sure to be iOS’ biggest visual overhaul to date, with a decidedly more flat and minimalist design replacing Apple’s current skeuomorphic tendencies. What’s more,Bloomberg is also reporting that Ive is exploring “more dramatic changes” to the e-mail and calendar apps, and that he’s “methodically” reviewing all the new designs himself to avoid a repeat of the Maps fiasco.

Also as previously rumoured, Bloomberg reports that Apple is pulling people from the Mac team to work on iOS in order to get it done in time, and that Ive has been encouraging collaboration between the software and hardware teams — which, asBloomberg notes, have previously been operating in separate silos. That all comes as Apple is apparently pushing things closer to the deadline than usual; while Bloomberg reports that iOS 7 is still on track for a release “as soon as September,” internal testing dates are reportedly being set later than they have in the past, and the sweeping changes Ive has embarked on are said to have put Apple “at risk of falling behind.” Of course, Apple does have one upcoming date that’s now set in stone: WWDC on June 10th, when it has already promised to show off new versions of both iOS and OS X. Continue reading

Apps of the Week: Plants vs Zombies, ArtRage, Iron Man 3, and more

Every week, the editors and writers at iMore carefully select some of our favorite, most useful, most extraordinary apps, accessories, gadgets, and websites. This week’s selections include a few games, an art app, a fun music creation app, and an app about the most important star in the universe.

Mr. Runner 2: The Masks – Simon Sage

Mr. Runner was a pretty popular game a few years ago, netting over 5 million downloads thanks to its unique stop-and-go play style and slightly warped sense of humor. Mr. Runner is back with some decidedly richer graphics and a surprisingly interesting plot line. Mr. Runner is trapped in a dream where his head is locked in a box by the dastardly La Magie, and he’s got to chase down the key. In this journey, he stumbles on the occasional mask which gives him some semblance of an identity in the meantime. The game will take players through 32 bizarre worlds with plenty of tongue-in-cheek pop culture references. Each stage has three bonus objectives to snag, which should keep you coming back for more if the unique art style isn’t enough. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, definitely give Mr. Runner 2: The Masks a shot. Continue reading

Smartphones out-shipped feature phones for the first time ever worldwide, says IDC

Q1 2013 marks the first time that smartphones made up the majority of cellphones shipped across the world, according to numbers from industry analyst IDC. 216 million handsets with computer-like functionality left factories compared to 419 million total, making up a solid 51.6 percent of the…

Kids DIY Game Creation App TinyTap Heads To iPhone, Launches Its Own App Store

TinyTap, a Tel Aviv-based platform that allows children to create their own mobile games and “playable” books, is now expanding from the iPad to the iPhone, as it also launches its own social marketplace for apps. Here, users can sell their TinyTap creations to others, or just share them…