10 JUN

Apple Unveils iOS 7 with Redesigned Interface Hotness and New Features

by Marianne Schultz

Along with announcing the next major version of Mac OS X Mavericks at today’s keynote event, Apple also previewed iOS 7 and boy is it lovely.

iOS 7 gets a total design overhaul with a new color palette, typography, and “flatter” icons for the built-in apps. The multitasking tray now features a cards-like view of open apps and the new Control Center, which can be activated by sliding up from the bottom of the screen, reveals toggles to quickly change Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings.

Notification Center also gets the new look treatment and it will be accessible from the Lock Screen, which is a very welcome change for yours truly.

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iOS 7 also gets AirDrop, a Wi-Fi sharing feature that first debuted in Mac OS X Mountain Lion to quickly send pictures and other files to other users nearby.

Safari gets a new tabs view, full-screen browsing, and easier access to bookmarks, your Reading List, and even links shared by people you follow on Twitter.

Camera hops on the filters wagon (surprise, surprise) and offers easy swipe-based navigation to switch between photo (full, square, and panoramic) and video modes.

There’s much more new stuff in iOS 7 and you can check out a video and more information on Apple’s site here.

A beta version of iOS 7 is available to developers today and it will be released to the public in the fall, presumably around the same time the next iPhone model is released. To use iOS 7, you’ll need an iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini, or 5th-generation or later iPod touch. Apple’s press release notes that “Some features may not be available on all products” so be forewarned that you won’t get all of that iOS 7 hotness if you have an older device.

5 Comments

  1. Adams Immersive

    I like the big new stuff–but we all know dozens of little things are on the way too. I look forward to those almost more than the headline features.

  2. Robert Lancaster

    Sucks that there is no more support for the 3GS! :(

  3. Doug Asker

    I have already been testing iOS7 on my iPhone 5 for the last few days. Being honest I fell just a little tepid regarding the whole experience. After many years of design advancement exactly why have Apple decided to make their OS look like a poor cousin of Microsoft’s Windows 8. On the other hand it seems to have borrowed heavily from Android. You can now swipe up to turn on/off WIFI, blue tooth, very similar to Android.To conclude I enjoy: Newsstand, the built-in torch, screen transition, new compass interface and email interface.

    I don’t like: no mass erase feature inside the mail application, it’s still message by message deletion. The pseudo windows interface and menu movement. The settings menu is a little a waste land of white space. Just like an aging husband and wife I am finding more faults with it as time goes on but I grow to love it the more time I spend with it.

  4. Adam

    The quick access to Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Airplane mode, etc of Control Center is not an innovation of Android.

    It was first seen on the original iPhone as an addition for jailbroken phones. I’m just surprised that it took Apple this long to implement it themselves.

  5. imran

    no more support for 3gs.its better if it is available for 3gs.atleast jst design support for 3gs

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