While the two-hour long Apple’s special keynote was power-packed with some awesome goodness, one thing everyone was waiting for — “the iOS 7″, was unveiled towards the end. And it looks brilliant. Sir “Jony” Ive, the design guru at Apple, introduced the world to the redesigned mobile operating system. The iOS 7 is “flatter”, simpler, cleaner, and on-boards some cool new features. So lets have a look at the new features, which devices are getting it and when it’s coming.
What’s New in iOS 7
- Fresh New Design — Starting from the lock screen (slide up to unlock!) every minor thing has undergone a redesign. All those brushed aluminium and stitched leather looks are now gone. Everything is “flatter”, there are more colors added to the palette, and in-built apps look so fresh.
- Notification Center — More information accessible from any screen, including lock screen.
- Control Center — An Android-exclusive, now comes to iOS. Get quick access to the controls and app. Swipe up from any screen to do things like switch to Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, or adjust the brightness of your display.
- Multitasking — Card-like multitasking similar to the one found on Windows Phone 8.
- Siri — Siri can now speak in both male and female voices. Also comes integrated with Wikipedia and Twitter.
- Camera — New filters added.
- Photos — All photos taken with iOS are now tagged with place and time. New Collections, Moments, and Years provide smart groupings of photos and videos based on time and place.
- iTunes Radio — A new service launched by Apple, iTunes Radio features streaming radio stations.
- Safari — Full screen browsing, with unified search, and newly designed tabs.
- AirDrop — It lets you share photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app to another device.
Apple Devices Getting The iOS 7 Update
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPod touch 16GB
- iPod touch 32GB/64GB
- iPad 2
- iPad with Retina display
- iPad mini
When Is It Coming?
Apple will be releasing the iOS 7 upgrade to all the above listed devices, this fall (September – October 2013).