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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 iTunes Radio, 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.

Source: Apple

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RE: WWDC 2013 = Apple are back :)
By karimtemple on 6/11/2013 10:39:08 AM , Rating: 2
*is. Apple is one company.

lol, j/k; Here's my real comment: Quit with the fanboy stuff. It's pointless and annoying.

To be fair, all the Apple-hate and "oh boy they didn't reinvent the way everyone does everything a second time which means they're dead" is also pointless and annoying, but still.

Android also won't be blowing any minds any time soon. People keep saying "Apple is playing catch-up," which is true, but it's also true that the first gold medal at the Catch-Up Olympics went to Android in Fall 2011.

At the end of the day, Apple able to update in a competent way and maintain relevance and that's good for them. It isn't mind-blowing anymore because the market has reached maturation; it is now unreasonable to expect innovation.

It's probably also unreasonable to expect reasonable debate on the Internet, lol. I'm such a fool.

By half_duplex on 6/11/2013 11:20:49 AM , Rating: 1
LOL Great closing line. This is the internet, what the f*** were you thinking!!!

The didn't reinvent the way everyone does everything is a very good point. The incremental advances that Apple adheres to is something lost on most Android users, or they just do not care, which is their prerogative.

I prefer things not be fixed if they are not broken personally.

I'd compare today's Apple to the Asian automakers of the 80's and 90's. Sticking to what works, incremental improvement, regression testing resulting in polished reliability.

Android is quite the opposite, they're more like the US automakers of the 90's and 2000's. With every release, a revolution. Similar to the US automakers of the last 15-20 years.

RE: WWDC 2013 = Apple are back :)
By Tony Swash on 6/11/13, Rating: 0
By retrospooty on 6/11/2013 12:24:44 PM , Rating: 2
"Why? Honest question. Why can one not one express enthusiasm and excitement for anything, why does the tone always have to be so gloomy and nit picking?"

I believe he is referring to the irritating fact that your "enthusiasm and "excitement" is 100% Apple Apple Apple and your "gloomy and nit picking" is for anyone that competes with Apple.


To create a userid and post on behalf of a company is a loser trait. You get the fanboy label because you sow the seeds of fanboyism and if anyone ever deserved that label, it is you... Why dont you try to gain some perspective instead of towing the company line for a change?

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