5. iOS 7, Oh Boy!
The biggest change to the iPhone will come in the software. Apple's ground-breaking iOS has grown long in the tooth. Rivals such as Samsung, Microsoft and even BlackBerry have come out with exciting new operating systems.
Nearly everyone expects iOS 7 to be a significant overhaul and a signature moment for the Cook-led Apple era. Moreover, Apple blogger John Gruber says he's heard rumors that Apple is pulling OS X engineers to work on iOS 7 because it's behind schedule.
So what's it going to look like? Apple must walk a fine line, one that brings innovation yet doesn't dramatically change the interface and put off its legions of faithful Apple customers. Design chief Jony Ive will likely push for a flatter, cleaner, minimalist design without the skeuomorphic elements-the stuff that tries to replicate a real-world feeling, like wood on the iBook shelves.
Macworld in the UK is also hoping for advanced gestures, such as unlocking an iPhone with gesture rather than punching in a code, face recognition, multiple user accounts on one device, advanced parental controls, multi-user FaceTime, customized autocorrect, and battery saving features when battery life drops to a low level.
Of course it's anyone's guess what features iOS 7 will end up having. Here's a video vision from Federico Bianco.
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