Putting back all the rumors and gossips, Apple has finally unveiled iOS 7, the significant iOS update since the original iPhone, featuring a new user interface. iOS 7 is completely redesigned with a new color palette, redesigned fonts and functional layers to complement the Retina Display of iPhone and iPads. Apple claimed at the WWDC 2013, that the typography has been refined for a cleaner, simpler look, and the use of translucency and motion makes even simple tasks more engaging. iOS 7 has been introduced with new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes.
With the announcement, iOS 7 introduces Control Center for controlling Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Do Not Disturb, screen brightness features with just one swipe from the bottom of the screen. Also Apple fanboys can pause or play a song, jump to the next track and stream music with AirPlay. Control Center also gives instant access to apps such as Clock, Camera, Calculator and the Flashlight.
With iOS 7 users can experience enhance multitasking and also Notification Center is now available from the Lock screen and the new Today feature in Notification Center gives an at-a-glance view of the day with a summary of the important details such as weather, traffic, meetings and events.
AirDrop is a replacement to NFC with which users can quickly and easily share content with people nearby. Further, iOS 7 also will come with a new Camera app features filters to add real-time photo effects. It also includes a square camera option, to switch between four cameras - video, photo, square and panorama - with just a swipe. Moreover, with iCloud Photo Sharing, family and friends can contribute photos and videos to shared photo streams, and the new Activity view displays updates from shared streams all in one place.
Safari also has got a new redesigned user interface with full-screen browsing, Safari tabs, iCloud Keychain, enhanced Parental Controls and more. Siri has got new male and female voices and includes Twitter search integration, Wikipedia integration, Bing web search within the app and the ability to change device settings and play back voicemail.
The Music app has also got revamped and includes the new iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and catalog of music from the iTunes Store.
According to the company's press release, the iOS 7 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 7 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation) this fall. However, some features may not be available on all products.
To take a look at the additional new iOS 7 features go through the slideshow below:
Find My iPhone Activation Lock
A feature that requires your Apple ID and password before you can turn off Find My iPhone, erase data or re-activate a device after it's been remotely erased;
Night Mode in Maps
It will respond to ambient light when you use it in the dark.
For high quality calls over a data network.
When you dismiss a notification on one device it is dismissed on all of your devices.
Phone, FaceTime and Messages blocking
To prevent specific people from being able to contact you.
Tencent Weibo support for users in China
A Chinese-English bilingual dictionary, and improved Chinese input including handwriting recognition for multiple Chinese characters.
Enhanced in-car integration
Bringing an Apple designed experience into the car for the first time.