Apple on Monday formally unveiled iOS 7 operating system for tablets and smartphones, which it claims to be the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone. The new OS features an all-new user interface, improved functional layers as well as hundreds of new features. The new mobile platform was designed by Jonathan Ive, who previously designed only Apple hardware.
“There is a profound and enduring beauty in simplicity, in clarity, in efficiency. True simplicity is derived from so much more than just the absence of clutter and ornamentation – it is about bringing order to complexity. Apple iOS 7 is a clear representation of these goals. It has a whole new structure that is coherent and applied across the entire system,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design.
Apple iOS 7: New Look
Apple iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface, but will be instantly familiar to the hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world. The new interface actually makes the phone appear bigger because everything is designed to take advantage of the entire screen. The redesigned fonts were designed for the Retina display and are aimed to make text look sharper.
Safari’s redesigned user interface lets you see more of your content – starting with full-screen browsing. The new smart search field helps simplify searching, and there’s a new view for bookmarks and Safari tabs.
Apple iOS 7: New Features
The new iOS 7 has improved Control Center, Notification Center, better multitasking, AirDrop feature for sharing, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and a number of other improvements.
“iOS 7 is the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone. To create it, we brought together a team with a broad range of expertise from design to engineering. With what we have been able to achieve together, we see iOS 7 as an exciting new beginning,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering.
With improved multitasking in iOS 7, developers have the ability to enable any app to multitask in the background with a new API. Users have the ability to switch between their apps in a more visual and intuitive way, and iOS 7 pays attention to which apps you use most and automatically keeps your content up to date in the background.
With iOS 7, Notification Center is now available from the Lock screen so users can see all notifications with a simple swipe, 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 an new way to quickly and easily share content with people nearby. AirDrop transfers are peer-to-peer so one can use it anywhere, without any network or set up required, and transfers are fully encrypted so the content is protected and private.
With iCloud Keychain, all passwords and credit card information are securely stored and available on all devices, so navigating password protected sites or autofilling during transactions is simple and secure. Enhanced Parental Controls allow one to automatically block access to adult websites or only allow access to a specific set of permitted websites.
Available Later This Year
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. Some features may not be available on all products.
US English, French and German will be available with the launch of iOS 7. Additional languages will be added over time.