Speaking this weekend on his podcast, “The Talk Show“, John Gruber weighed in on what he’s heard about iOS 7. One would expect wide-ranging revelations, considering he’s usually one of the few that’s in the know. That’s not the case this time around. As we noted, leaks have been minimal leading up to the event. Apple appears to have regained their secrecy mojo, something that is infinitely easier with software. To date, the emphasis on iOS 7 has been the move to flat design. According to Gruber’s sources, “all the leaks are wrong”. As I theorized the other day, engineers at Apple have had entirely too long to have been working on a slightly revamped UI design. Too much talent and too much time has transpired for today’s event to be solely about the removal of heavy handed gradients.
Gruber: I know absolutely, almost absolutely, nothing. I don’t think I’ve been this ignorant of what’s coming software-wise for a keynote since the iPhone one back in 2007. Which is great. I’m super excited about it.
Gruber: The one thing I keep hearing over and over again from friends who would know. The one word I keep hearing is that some of the stuff they’re gonna show is “polarizing”.
Gruber: No polarizing.
Gruber: I also heard from somebody that just “all the leaks are wrong”. Which is interesting. I have no idea what to make of it.
I don’t know any more than the leaks, which might be wrong. Gruber goes into to detail in his WWDC Expectations article, where he talks about the need for icons to look more like buttons during the advent of touchscreen smartphones, but it’s time to take the training wheels off.
Today should be fun. I have no idea what we’ll see today and I could not be more excited. We all clamor for leaks, but they are show killers. Today, we’re all on equal footing, getting an opportunity to see iOS 7 for the first time. You can watch the WWDC 13 stream live on Apple’s website. Be sure to check back throughout the day for complete coverage and take part in discussions in our forums.