18 SEP

Apple Releases iOS 7 With Redesigned Interface, iTunes Radio, Air Drop, and More

by Marianne Schultz

ios 7 iconAs announced at a press event earlier this month, Apple has released iOS 7 today as promised. The newest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which was initially unveiled in June, rocks a “flat” design complete with a new color palette and typography as well as several new features.

The most notable new features include Control Center, a panel full of shortcuts to frequently-used controls like Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth toggles, a revamped multi-tasking interface, and an improved Notification Center. Air Drop, a Wi-Fi sharing feature that allows you to send pictures and files to other iOS devices quickly, also debuts in iOS 7. iTunes Radio comes to the Music app to let you stream music on demand from the iTunes Store (and if you’re an iTunes Match subscriber, you don’t get subjected to any commercials).

All of the apps that come on every iOS device out-of-the-box also got the overhaul treatment. Camera gets live filters and cropping and format options while Safari gets the ability to show unlimited tabs (yay!). Photos now groups captured pictures into collections, leveraging date and location information to organize your photos for easier access.

iOS 7 reviews started popping up all over the web yesterday evening and here are a few of the most comprehensive and informative ones I’ve seen so far:

The embargo on the new iPhone 5s also dropped and there are many reviews available now to help you make up your mind if you’re considering buying one. The most comprehensive one I’ve seen, which dives deep into processor technology and performance, is over at AnandTech. Of course, many of the major technology publications and journalists have weighed in, including Walt Mossberg for All Things D, Ed Baig for USA Today, and Engadget. For links to reviews of the lower-cost sibling to the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c, see this post over at MacRumors.

If you’re looking to update to iOS 7 today, know that Apple’s servers will probably be under heavy load with everyone and their mother trying to do the same thing ┬áso you may want to wait a little while before diving in. Whenever you decide to upgrade, this handy guide over at Macworld will walk you through everything you should know and do before upgrading.

If you plan to upgrade your iOS device using your computer, note that you’ll need iTunes 11.1 first, so go download it from Apple’s site now (or use the Check for Updates menu option in iTunes).

10 Comments

  1. Andreas

    Sweeeeet!

  2. CDawg

    iOS7 is sweet indeed! I’m liking the clean, crisp appearance, and the animation upon opening/closing app. Siri seems to be working better too, and I like how you can ask Siri to turn on/off certain functions on the phone (i.e., Bluetooth). I also like the swipe up to access key settings of the phone at a glance. No problems with this update so far.

  3. Mike

    Just downloaded iOS 7 and must say! I HATE IT!!! Looks like a third grade kid made it
    Have been an iPhone owner for many years and have always loved it! This update is so bad it’s time to say goodby to my iPhone ! Steve would have never let this happen ios7 is HORRIBLE!!!

  4. bob

    Horrible! same as mike! it feels like a downgrade and the animation of opening/closing app’s don’t work properly.
    There are a lot of things -I want the old back!!!

  5. Dave

    i aggree with Mike and Bob. I like the new features, but they cheapened the look.

  6. Giovanni

    And now, (iOS7?) the old Appshopper app doesn’t work anymore…

    g.

  7. David barker

    How do you enable airdrop?

  8. Mrs. allen

    greetings: Thanks everyone at Apple anytime we need help your there . We have AT&T which we get ” No Honest help or anything. We have had many problems with our carrier. My husband and I do not understand why AT&T needs to have our Apple ID and Passwords! Also We also get alot of text with codes sent to our phones and if you completely turn off text they still bypass ! Go figure? I sent two emails to Apple in Ca. My third one acted up and would not send. We knew it was happening by our server so we went on my darling mothers and Emailed from hers. They went through. Also for the next few weeks our phones were so slow times our phones would not go on the web my voice mail password was not taking my password! Then when we complain to our Carrier they tell us the problem is always with the phone. ” Don’t think so”. My prayer… Wishing Apple had their own Phone company so we could Only rely only with Apple. At&t has always deceived us. We love the Apple Family You have been a part of our family for years. God Bless

  9. Joe D.

    Really, iOS 7 is an “improvement” looks like a thinly veiled copy of Android. Is this where Apple wants to go or be known for?

  10. appvsgame

    Android is a copy of ios… making similar things on mobiles wont hurt the buyers. So i like to buy

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