Apple unveiled the latest iOS 7 during its WWDC 2013 keynote along with a host of other products. iOS 7 is the operating system for the devices such as iPhone, iPad and iTouch.
There were many rumors about the iOS 7 before it’s official unveiling and most of them have turned out to be true. Lets have a brief look at iOS 7.
When iOS 6 was launched, many users complained that the UI remained the same and there was nothing new in it. Apple has rectified this in the latest iOS. The iOS 7 has seen a complete overhaul of the UI from the previous versions. The new OS will come with a “flat,” minimal interface. Apple has dumped Scott Forstall’s skeuomorphic effects and adopted this new UI.
There are new, simpler, app icon designs, new visual effects and fonts. The keyboard is much more transparent than the previous versions. Folders will now support more apps. A great addition to this OS is the back-button like action which allows the user to go the previous page instead of pressing the home button. Simply swipe the thumb from the left edge of the screen.
In addition to the brand new UI, there are various new features incorporated into the iOS 7. Subtle changes have been made to the Lockscreen and Notification Center.
The Lockscreen is aware of all the hand movements. It is a bit similar to the ones that are seen in the latest Android OS.
The Notification Center is now available in the lockscreen mode. It has three tabs. One tab will show all notifications, the other one is for missed notifications and the last is a screen that sums up what’s happening today. There is a notification sync feature, using which the individuals will not see the same notifications on different Apple devices.
A new addition made to the iOS 7 is the Control Center. It is a quick settings panel that lets you access several settings from anywhere on the phone. Swipe up in any app and you’ll get the menu below, in which you’ll be able to turn on/off Airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and modify the screen orientation, adjust brightness and volume, control music playback, use AirDrop and AirPlay and enable the flashlight, timer, calculator and camera.
Multitasking in iOS 7 has also seen some changes. iOS 7 will know what apps you use most and the OS will have those apps ready to offer updated content appropriately. The OS will also analyze the status of the device’s connectivity options to update content and apps in the background while the user is simply turning on the device for a particular purpose. The new multitasking design will show a preview screen of each of the apps opened.
iOS 7 has also changed the functionality of some applications.
The popular browser Safari has been updated and there are some noticeable changes. The number of tabs are now not limited to just 8. There is support for shared and reading lists. It also has a unified smart search field that’s hidden until activated on top of the page
The AirDrop can be used for sharing photos, videos, pictures and any other content from within any app utilizing the share button. However the opposite person should be within the range ( Bluetooth, WiFi).
There are some changes in the Camera app as well. Users can switch easily from video mode, to photo mode, to cropped camera, to panoramic camera. Instagram-like live photo filters are available when taking a picture.
The Photo app categorizes photos by Collections, Moments and Years. Years hold all the pictures in a year, which are in their turn divided into Collections, which are made of Moments.
Siri is also more powerful than before. There are some changes in the male and female voice. It has more functionality like reading the last voice-mail, turning off Bluetooth, etc.
The App store has new features like updating the apps automatically. There is also a “Apps Near Me” category, which shows the popular apps in the user’s location.
The Apple Maps have also undergone some changes. The new Apple Maps will let users send Apple Maps turn-by-turn directions from OS X devices to iOS devices. The OS X app also offers local search support, reviews and photos of the locations the user is searching for.
In addition to the next-gen iPhone, iPad and iPod models, iOS 7 will be compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch fifth-generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display and iPad mini.
iOS 7 has undergone many changes from the previous versions. The reactions of the Apple users to the new changes will be very interesting. Apple have not mentioned the release date of iOS 7 yet. But it is expected to arrive this fall.