The new operating system for the iPhone coming this autumn
iOS has been in need of an overhaul for a while and Apple has provided it with just that. This time last year many were disappointed with iOS 6 (and even more disappointed with the removal, albeit temporary, of Google Maps).
A year on and the first version of iOS overseen by Jonny Ive has been announced and looks as though it will change the iPhone experience a fair bit.
The difference between iOS 6 and iOS 7 are immediately obvious due to its refreshed look. Gone are the ‘skeuomorphic’ textures – no more leather and wood within apps – and instead a ‘flatter’ look has been incorporated.
Not only has the look within apps been refreshed, but so have their icons. Many look completely different so this may take a little getting used to at first. The fonts have also been redesigned to provide a sharper look.
Another enhancement is the ‘parallax effect’, which changes the perspective of the icons as the handset is titled back and forth.
iOS 7 Features
Anyway, enough about the looks, here are some of the new features to have been integrated with iOS 7:
- Automatic app updates
- A control centre full of toggles, activated with a swipe up of the device
- A new anti-theft feature
- Notification centre – updates on messages, missed calls, upcoming events
- Improvements to multitasking
- AirDrop – easier sharing of files with other iPhone/Mac users
- An improved version of Safari web browser, including full screen mode
- Improvements to photos and a new ‘Collections’ feature, which groups photos into albums by date and location
- Wikipedia and Twitter integrated into Siri
- Siri can now be used to change system settings on the iPhone
- iTunes Radio – Apple’s new music streaming service
- Camera – new filters can be applied to photos before or after taking them
Some of these may seem as though they’ve been taken from the Android repertoire as they have been available for a while in Apple’s biggest competitor, either as part of stock Android or through third-party apps, but all in all it looks as though there are some very nice additions to iOS.