Apple Announces iOS 7: The iPhone Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint, New Features
June 10, 2013 3:00 PM
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Apple finally revamps the design aesthetic of iOS
Today is a big day for Apple. Many in the tech industry have taken swipes at the company over the lack of new products, the stagnation of iOS, and the rise of Samsung in the smartphone arena. Apple is looking to tackle at least one of those sore points today with the
introduction of iOS 7
The Lockscreen now supports animated backgrounds... where've we seen that before?
The overall look of iOS 7 is quite colorful with flourishes that bring to mind both Android and Windows Phone 8 (courtesy of iOS’ newfound “flatness”).
Control Center allows you to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to quickly access Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Screen brightness etc. This is "quick access" functionality that Android users have experienced for years. Apple has also vastly improved multitasking that interestingly looks a bit like what we've already seen with webOS.
From left to right: Weather, Control Center, Safari tabs
Safari has a new full screen mode, Smart Search field, and a new interface for tabs (you are no longer limited to just 8 tabs).
IOS 7 also includes AirDrop, which allows you to quickly share files with friends that are nearby. Craig Federighi took a quick jab at Samsung by stating that you don't have to "bump" phones together to share information.
From left to right: Notification Center, Multitasking, AirDrop
The Camera app has also been given a makeover to make it easier to switch between video, photo, and panorama modes. And instead of seeing an endless scrolling stream of photos that you've taken, the iOS 7 Photos app uses geotagging information to group your photos together based on when and where you were when you took them.
The new Photos app
Siri has been upgraded with new, high-quality female and male voices. You can now speak to Siri to do things like turning on/off Bluetooth/Wi-Fi or changing your screen brightness.
The App Store has been revamped with the new features aimed at parents (choosing apps by age range) and by showing you popular apps based on your current location. In addition, apps now update in the background (again, a feature that has been available on competing platforms for quite some time).
Eddie Cue also introduced
, which has been long rumored for iOS 7. It's free (ad-supported), but those who use iTunes Match will get the service without ads. If your familiar with services like Pandora, Google Play Music, or Spotify; you pretty much know what to expect from iTunes Radio.
Other features to look for in iOS 7 include FaceTime audio (high quality voice-only calls over Wi-Fi), Notifications Sync (if you dismiss a notification on your iPhone, it is also dismissed on your iPad), and “iOS in the Car”.
The first iOS 7 beta will be available today for the iPhone, while iPad users will gain access in the coming weeks. The full public rollout will take place this fall.
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RE: "Steve Wouldn't Do That"
6/10/2013 6:17:17 PM
You're saying this looks hideous?
Forestall was nothing but a brown-nosing yes man to Steve Jobs. This is pointless conjecture, but I think Steve
would do this
and would have loved this iOS refresh. It simplifies the functionality, is minimalist in design, and makes the app design
- something that was sorely lacking under Forestall.
Admittedly, many of these changes are years behind the competition, but I believe Ives has established himself as the new creative leader and visionary for Apple now that Jobs is gone. Everyone needs a leader and I think it's pretty clear Apple has theirs now.
RE: "Steve Wouldn't Do That"
6/10/2013 6:58:06 PM
People keep saying they're behind in graphical design. I have yet to see an Android or Win phone that didn't have glaring inconsistencies, or outdated/truly ugly icons. This is a natural evolution, not a big leap, but still painfully forward.
RE: "Steve Wouldn't Do That"
6/11/2013 12:58:32 PM
I have yet to see an Android or Win phone
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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