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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 Tony Swash on 6/11/2013 8:27:20 PM , Rating: 0
Apple did seem to stagnate with no significant upgrades or announcements in over nine months.

After updating every one of it's products lines :)

Meanwhile Google decided to skip upgrading Android this year.

Yes, iOS gets distributed and installed much faster and pervasively than Android. Blame the carriers and phone developers for that, not Google.

No I blame the underlying design model of the Android ecosystem. Google handed the keys to OS upgrades to the carriers and Apple chose not to, doing the latter took a fight and was tricky, doing the former was easy and the result was the mess that is Android OS updates. The Android OS update fiasco flows from design and strategic decisions that Google made, it's not an accident. OS fragmentation is built into the Android model and will not go away without a major reset of the whole Android OS system and that would require Google taking on the carriers. I don't expect Google to do that, why would they, Android users are not Google's customers so why would they bother defending their interests?

As a true workstation class machine, the new Mac Pro is limited. Yes, if rumors are true, out of the box the top of the line, build-to-order machine will be a screamer. However (and that's a HUGE "HOWEVER") it is limited in upgrade-ability.

You seem to still think that upgrading a work station means taking things out of a metal box and putting new things in. How quaintly old fashioned. The new Mac Pro has SIX Thunderbolt 2 ports. Think different.
Apple's iRadio is just a defensive move. Nothing more. To say otherwise is delusional.

That's just silly. I guess the iTunes domination of the music business, which iRadio cements and extends, is also pretty defensive ;)

Other than the new "Mac Pro", what, specifically, do you anticipate?

Obviously a new phone and iPad(s). Lighter, better battery life, better displays, better cameras. That's all to be expected however. But I think there may be more.

This happened nearly a year ago.

I am hoping that acquisition will bear fruit this year and is linked to the dozens of iWallet patents Apple has been filing over recent years. Somebody at Apple has been working on electronic commerce via devices very seriously for quite a while.

By retrospooty on 6/11/2013 10:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
Look... Tony just happened to come down on Apples side on every single bullet point. Amazing... On wait, that is every day. I keep forgetting your parents never taught you to think for yourself. Hell even Apple didn't mean that you should be a mindless zombie with their "think different" slogan. It was meant to mean think for yourself. LOLpathetic.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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