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WWDC: Apple debuts iOS 7

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced iOS 7, the company’s latest operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Touting amazing new features and a “stunning new user interface,” iOS 7 represents a significant departure from the well-known iOS software design, delivering an entirely new UI structure with refined typography, redesigned icons, and a new color palette. The new UI also involves more transparency, layered effects, and new animation and motion. iOS 7 was described by Cook as “the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone.”

The App Store now updates apps automatically. Notification Center is now accessible from the lock screen. Multiple pages are now possible within folders. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen now activates Control Center, which allows users to adjust brightness, volume, playback controls, Do Not Disturb, and more, while accessing a flashlight option as well. All apps will now allow multitasking, and iOS 7 uses “intelligent scheduling” to refresh app information. A double-click on the home button lets users swipe left and right through all open apps to multitask. An updated weather app, calendar, and messages were shown off in a demonstration.

Safari for iOS 7 has a full-screen interface with swipe navigation for browsing. Tabs for Safari now give a preview of the page, while scrolling up-and-down, and there’s no longer an 8-tab limit. AirDrop for iOS 7 lets users share securely encrypted files with nearby users over peer-to-peer Wi-Fi. Filters have been added to Camera, and a new Photos app makes it easier for users to organize photos with its new Collections feature.

 

Siri has been updated with a new interface and new voices — female or male. French and German voices are available with other languages to be added “over time.” Siri can now do more commands such as “turn on Bluetooth” or “increase brightness.” Twitter, Wikipedia, and Bing have also been integrated into Siri. iOS in the Car was announced, featuring integration into the display screens of cars.

A new “Activation Lock” feature has also been introduced that will prevent a stolen iPhone from being re-activated—even after a full wipe—without entering the original owner’s iCloud Apple ID and password.

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Comments

1

I look forward to the new features in iOS7, any talks yet of what iPhones can and can’t update to iOS7?

I do not like the new home page icon color scheme, as I’m not a fan of the pastel colors. I wish Apple would make different Themes so the user could pick their favorite color, icons, etc…to display.

Posted by Jim on June 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM (CDT)

2

iOS7 looks like the breath of fresh air the Apple needs to make the iPhone feel like something new again.

The new features and design looks great and I can’t wait to get my hands on it it he autumn. I am slightly miffed that one of the features tat has been wanted the most on iOS ( the ability to share va Bluetooth) AKA Airdrop, will only work on iphone5 :-(

Guess I’m gonna have to upgrade…..iPhone 6 ( or 5s) it is then.

Posted by Chris Prosser on June 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM (CDT)

3

@1: According to Apple’s iOS 7 page, iPhone support begins with iPhone 4 and later.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on June 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM (CDT)

4

I think it sucks that iOS 7 won’t be supported on the iPod touch (4th generation). The 5th gen has been out for less than eight months, and they’re orphaning the previous model?

Posted by D.F. Manno on June 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM (CDT)

5

Ugly. Game Center icon especially goofy.

Posted by sallenmd on June 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM (CDT)

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