Apple officially announces iOS 7

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.

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.

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!

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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115 Comments

1. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

iOS 7 looks SO.DAMN.SEXY!

8. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

thanks to Microsoft Modern Design language LOL

21. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

25. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

read about it then post

49. notor unregistered

True!!!

71. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

39. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

hahah extactly what I thoughttt very similar font and style

44. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

wp8 for ios 7!!

87. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

hello new Windows iPhone 7. the multi-tasking looks like copied from windowsphone

94. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

And Windows Phone really multitask?? lol

42. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

Galaxy S3's calculator

97. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

52. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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

69. ottje

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I like it but is very girly

75. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Copycats® Android™ Wanabe®

86. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

hello new Windows iPhone 7. the multi-tasking looks like copied from windowsphone

88. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Hahahah those icons look so damn funny in every way. Copy cats

2. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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....

54. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

98. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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

107. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

3. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

4. logic97

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

looks like Symbian anna

5. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

How many people thought of MIUIv5? Damn this is sexy.

48. ThePro

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

72. ideal_josh

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

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

6. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

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

30. Seymur

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

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

33. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

It is awesome.

40. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Like I said dude just stfu!

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