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iOS 7 ‘on time’ – Jim Dalrymple confirms internal shuffle

Well-known Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple has confirmed that Apple is pulling OS X engineers onto the iOS team to get iOS 7 finished 'on time'

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Man-in-the-know Jim Dalrymple, who has previously confirmed a number of big rumours thanks to his connections at Apple, has now backed the rumour that Apple is pulling developers from the OS X team working on 10.9 and putting them to work to ensure that iOS 7 is finished on time.

Dalrymple, who famously posts stories on his blog with a simple “Yep” or “Nope” to confirm or deny rumours, has quoted an article from AllThingsD. In the post, John Paczkowski claims to have spoken to current and ex-Apple employees about the internal goings-on at Apple.

Dalrymple quoted one unnamed source with a simple “Yep” to confirm that developers are being pushed over to the iOS team in much the same way that OS X developers helped out with the iPhone before its launch in 2007:

“Yes, yes — it’s essentially a repeat of the iPhone/Leopard scenario,” one source said, referring to Apple’s 2007 decision to pull engineers from OS X 10.5 to work on iPhone. “Not as much of a fire drill, though. It will ship on time.”

Given that there is no firm ship date for iOS 7, the report’s reference to the operating system still shipping ‘on time’ is slightly ambiguous. However, many expect the launch to fall some time in September, as with iOS 6 last year.