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Apple officially announces iOS 7
As expected, the iOS 7 operating system was announced during the 24th Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Described as "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone", the new version of iOS packs tons of new features both on the outside and on the inside. 

The first change is easy to notice. It's like the whole UI of the system has been redrawn by following those "flatter" design principles we heard so many rumors about. Apple has gone with a new font for iOS 7 – sleeker and simpler than before. The icons have been redesigned and now have less of that glossiness they used to have in previous iOS releases. In addition, the color palette of the UI has been expanded. Adding further visual flare to the platform's UI, Apple has sprinkled its look with transparency and translucency effects.

iOS 7 is here

iOS 7 is here

When it comes to functionality, Apple has implemented 10 cool new features into iOS. Control Center is one of them – think of it as a hub providing quick access to controls and toggle buttons. It hosts buttons for switching Wi-Fi or Airplane Mode on or off, adjusting the screen's brightness, enabling Airplay, and even turning the LED light on for use as a flashlight. Control Center is brought forth with an upward swipe from the bottom of the screen.

Next up in line we have multitasking on iOS 7, which has been greatly improved. Instead of icons, we now have a side-by-side list of apps displayed in card form. At the same time, multitasking is now implemented for all apps without that hurting battery life in any way.

Safari, of course, is what allows easy and convenient web surfing on the iOS 7 platform. It has been improved with a new, intelligent search field, while the opened tabs are displayed vertically for faster switching.

The iOS 7 camera interface

The iOS 7 camera interface

Sharing photos in iOS 7 has been streamlined significantly using a new feature called AirDrop. It allows one to send images of people to them with a simple tap on the specific image. 

And speaking of photos, the camera interface in iOS 7 has not been left aside. The iOS 7 camera allows switching between modes with a simple sideward swipe on the screen. Photo filters à la Instagram have been implemented as well. Once you're at the camera roll, the images are sorted automatically based on the time and location they were taken at.

Siri – well, she has definitely changed, and not only on an interface level. Oh, did we say "she"? The iOS 7 intelligent assistant now has a male voice too – a really realistic voice, for that matter. Also, it speaks foreign languages, such as French and German, with other languages to be added eventually. In addition, there's a lot more input that Siri can respond to. You can now search Bing, Twitter or Wikipedia with Siri's assistance, or even ask her to increase the screen's brightness or turn on Bluetooth.

iOS in the Car is another great new iOS 7 feature that is, of course, especially tailored for you, drivers. Simply put, it brings iOS functionality straight to the screen built into a car. It can be used to provide driving directions, place or answer calls, play music, and so much more. At least a dozen of popular car manufacturers will have vehicles supporting iOS in the Car by 2014.

The newly added ability of apps to update automatically in the background was applauded wildly by the audience. No more need to manage app updates manually in iOS 7!

Meet iTunes Radio

Meet iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio is the name of the music service Apple was expected to announce. It has been integrated right into the new, overhauled music player and it is meant to be a great way for users to discover fresh, new music. It comes with hand-picked, featured stations, which can be shared with and recommended to others easily.

The new iOS 7 will be available to developers as soon as possible. The general audience, however, is not going to get iOS 7 until later this fall. The iPhone 4 and newer iPhones will be getting it, as well as the iPad mini, the iPad 2 and beyond, and the 5th-gen iPod touch.



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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:30 18

1. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


iOS 7 looks SO.DAMN.SEXY!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:36 31

8. volcano (Posts: 254; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


thanks to Microsoft Modern Design language LOL

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:50 7

21. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


It doesn't look like Metro (Or modern or whatever) in my opinion...

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:53 7

25. volcano (Posts: 254; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


read about it then post

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:20 2

49. notor (unregistered)


True!!!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:46 1

71. roldefol (Posts: 2971; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


No, it looks like Firefox OS! Bigger bubblier icons.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:05 2

39. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 139; Member since: 03 May 2012)


hahah extactly what I thoughttt
very similar font and style

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:11 9

44. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 325; Member since: 07 May 2012)


wp8 for ios 7!!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:23 5

87. shamashu9 (Posts: 99; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


hello new Windows iPhone 7.

the multi-tasking looks like copied from windowsphone

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:02

94. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


And Windows Phone really multitask?? lol

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:09 1

42. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


Galaxy S3's calculator

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 20:10

97. E.N. (Posts: 2329; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


The Galaxy S3's calculator looks a lot like the iPhone's calculator for the last 5 years

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:22 1

52. techspace (Posts: 685; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


it does......finally!
it looks like a collective mixture of ios, a little bit of android(without widgets) and some wp design lang(again, without live tiles)
as always, i don't care about who copied whom, the only thing we should see is what we get
the ios 7 looks really good and they have added many features that were missing from ios 6

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:39

69. ottje (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


I like it but is very girly

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:59 2

75. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Copycats®

Android™ Wanabe®

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:23 1

86. shamashu9 (Posts: 99; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


hello new Windows iPhone 7.

the multi-tasking looks like copied from windowsphone

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:35

88. AnTuTu (Posts: 867; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Hahahah those icons look so damn funny in every way.

Copy cats

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:31 24

2. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1622; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Well done apple you have created Android with a flat ui!! It looks decent but please don't call this innovation....this is evolution of the design...well apple well done on creating an android....

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:23 1

54. techspace (Posts: 685; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


if you compare it with android and wp, it looks more identical to wp...

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 20:12

98. E.N. (Posts: 2329; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


iOS 7 may have similarities here and there, but the end product looks different. Doesn't look like either in my opinion

WHoyton1 is just a hater

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 06:33

107. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1622; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Lol I'm just a hater .....look at the rest of the comments on this article idiot....

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:32 18

3. imkyle (Posts: 1006; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I love my Nexus 4 with stock Android, but DAMNNN does that look sexy.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:33 13

4. logic97 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


looks like Symbian anna

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:35 9

5. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


How many people thought of MIUIv5?

Damn this is sexy.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:18 1

48. ThePro (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


memememe

The guys at MIUI sure are good at knowing the future (?)

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:55 1

72. ideal_josh (Posts: 29; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Just Imagine if Samsung bought MIUI Designers and worked on Touchwiz Running on Proper Android. Good Lawwd

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:36 5

6. selena1000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


holy sh!t i was so ready to be dissapointed but damn that is beautiful!!
welldone Apple you have earned my respect again

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:55 5

30. Seymur (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


How can this be beautiful? I can't believe Apple did this. Oh god that Safari app..

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:57 4

33. Eonnaydra (Posts: 207; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


It is awesome.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:06

40. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1622; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Like I said dude just stfu!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:27

58. Njard (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


filled with envy are we?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:32

63. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1622; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


No just look at all of his posts on this article spamming his view....

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:01

77. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Go away you, ba®

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:36 14

7. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I'm not impressed, but at least it gives Apple users something to look forward to.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:50 11

23. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


There is nothing to be impressed abt...Android users already rocking with these Looks & Features !!! LOL !!!!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:05 2

95. marbovo (Posts: 654; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Now Android just needs to stop the lags

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 20:13 2

99. E.N. (Posts: 2329; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


project oil

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:38 8

9. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


so much for the innovation

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:38 7

10. erikiksaz (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


+1 on the MIUI. I find the irony hilarious.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:38 16

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1622; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Multitasking...looks exactly like android.....

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:47 1

17. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Their multitasking is now as advanced as a Palm Pre..

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:32

62. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


You can't compare multitasking to a palm pre.

*Their multitasking is now as advanced as that of a palm pre

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:13 2

46. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Looks more like Windows Phone ....

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:04

80. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Surely it does
©

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:58

74. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


You mean Symbian Belle!!!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:02

79. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


When will Android litigate these rotten skums®

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 21:20

113. darkkjedii (Posts: 11799; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Troll got the axe for a week. Later dude

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:40 1

12. a_merryman (Posts: 681; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Well Apple, you might have just kept me as a customer. I'm still waiting till the fall to see what Google has in store and what new phones will come out though. But well done, I really had pretty much thrown Apple out as one of the possibilities for my new phone.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:42 20

13. alltechinside (Posts: 246; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I laughed hard at someone's comment on twitter. "Did Apple just TouchWized iOS?"

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:43

14. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


Not bad

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:44 7

15. MartianMe (unregistered)


why are so many ppl impress with this... this is been on android for so long..every skin or theme you get or launcher have this kind of rendering ...how is this WOW for some ppl...boy!!...you guys are such idiots.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:45 13

16. alltechinside (Posts: 246; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


iOS 7, inspired by Windows + Andro..... I mean, totally original!!!!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:57 4

34. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Yes Truly "Original" ...Gosh they had to spend all that R&D money on this Copy of Android & Windows Phone....if they gave me the money i would hav added more ripoff's ...

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:47 2

18. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


what is everyone raving about? i was excited to see the changes myself, but i'm honestly severely disappointed with the new look. It's exactly the same with flat ugly icons. i hope there are some feature changes.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:11

45. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Obviously you didn't pay attention then. Its actually really different.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:06

81. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


$haaaarap you, go away you Apple fanboy troll, you don't belong here®

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:49 1

19. domen151 (Posts: 26; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


O - M - G=they added calculator! :O :D
xD

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:50 6

20. Carlitos (Posts: 331; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Omg it looks clean in the notification area. But the rest is just too colorful and clownish. Clearly the features and looks are a rip off of Android and Windows phone 8. And the more I look at it the more like touchwiz it looks to me.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:54 4

26. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Now Sammy should go and Sue them !!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:54 2

27. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1622; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Baaaaaa baaaa go graze with the resat of the flock you useless isheep

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