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Do you own an iDevice? Things are going to look different very soon. Apple has revealed iOS 7 in its Worldwide Developer Conference, calling it “the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone”. iOS 7 brings a new interface, icons, color palette and typography to the old mobile OS, as well as new features such as Control Center, improved Notification Center, multitasking, and the much anticipated iTunes Radio.

One of iOS’s weakest points has always been its lack of multitasking. With iOS 7, developers can enable their apps to run in the background, giving users the ability to switch between running apps in a new and more meaningful way. The Notification Center has also been improved, and can now be accessed from the device’s lock screen. It also features a new Today item, with information about current weather, traffic, and upcoming items from your calendar.

iOS 7 also includes a Control Center for quick access to Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Do Not Disturb controls. It also includes controls for screen brightness and some media buttons, all available by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

iOS 7 also includes a new version of Safari, a redesigned Photos app, new voices for Siri, and an AirDrop feature for sharing content with nearby devices. the Music app received a facelift as well, and includes a free built-in Internet radio service called iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio features over 200 stations and a music catalog from iTunes, it’s free for all to use, and it’s ad-free if you’re already an iTunes Match user.

While the new version of iOS might not look so different at first glance, the whole thing has been redesigned with translucent layers and what Apple refers to as “subtle motion”. These concepts are a little hard to understand, but the 7-minute long iOS 7 video gives a clearer picture of what these changes mean.

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iOS 7 is still in beta, and is available through the iOS Developer Program. Everyone else will get the update this fall, provided they own an iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, or 5th generation and up iPod Touch.

What do you think of iOS 7? Is the change significant enough? Is it too big?

Source: Apple

  1. Jaime
    June 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Um this looks a lot like my Samsung Galaxy 4, just not as nice. And what is up with that fluorescent blue? Android is better and the Galaxy 4 is better! That is all!

  2. Max
    June 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    First time I saw this on apple's homepage, I thought it was a joke/prototype. Some icons are images, others are completely abstract/silly and inconsistent with each other.

    When I looked at the screenshots, I noticed that the design is completely based off of android. The lock screen's transparency, the minimalism, the animated bubble wallpaper? Look at android's system based live wallpapers. Same. Exact. Thing.

    People claim android's copying everything from apple. Look at this. Android's constant, open, moddable development adds features thrice as quick as apple does. Now android is ahead in the game and apple's trying to catch up, but its secrecy and control of what happens to the OS makes iVictims waiting for android's features to pop up on iOS and when a few of them do, they are delighted at the "evolution" of iOS (see below).

  3. Arxadius Stark
    June 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I never get into these kinds of discussions but you'd have to be blind to not see the uncanny resemblance of Android OS, Windows Phone OS and maybe even a little of the new Blackberry OS.

    • Arxadius Stark
      June 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Not Blackberry OS, the interface. Dunno why it posted OS. :p

  4. macwitty
    June 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

    It's the ugliest thing I've seen from Apple.
    Has Jony Ive been mad?

  5. Pooky Joralyn
    June 12, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I thought it was an Android when I first saw it. Its home screen is nowhere as cool as the one on Windows Phone.

  6. Louis W
    June 12, 2013 at 7:09 am

    New theme looks like a kiddy toy phone and as for the features? Android anyone?

  7. Paul Prakash J
    June 12, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Seems iOS 7 is borrowing many of the functions from android.........new interface, new control center, new animated wallpaper.....good Job, Apple

  8. dragonmouth
    June 11, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    It seems like creativity and inspiration died with Steve Jobs. Fruitco is just spinning its wheels. For the sake of the Faithful, I hope Maverick does not disappoint like iOS7.

    • Max
      June 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Spoiler alert: Maverick does. Since they have their own direction now, they have run completely out of ideas. This edition: they've added some new settings panes, and tabs to finder. $19.99.

  9. Jeffrey Z
    June 11, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    It kills me how so many Apple fanboys dare call this "innovative" while the rest of the world looks on is disbelief. These features are clear cut copies from Windows and Android OS. Apple builds some solid devices, but their team working on their UI has failed their community for years now. The color scheme here is terrible and they should take more notes from Android (i.e. Pay attention to the dev community and the tweets they're capable of). I hope that included in this update is a way to change to a more pleasing theme. As for multi-tasking, that's a great addition, but be careful how it'll affect battery performance. ... Final note: About time you add auto-updating to your apps, sheesh, only 3 years since Android implemented it.

  10. Suresh Volam
    June 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I guess there is nothing new in iOS 7 except a bunch of copied facies from all other Phones and Operating Systems. Nothing new to iPhone, iPod or iPad. No reason to continue using these devices.

  11. michel
    June 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I don't use iOS, so this is a serious question: How is this interface new? It looks the same to me, maybe uglier.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 12, 2013 at 6:33 am

      Read the post for the idea on what's changed. I agree that it doesn't look so different, but they did add many features. It's easier to see in their (too long) video.

  12. HonYin Kok
    June 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm
  13. Avinash Pereira
    June 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Its looks like the designer got inspiration from getting high and watching my little pony.

  14. Eric S
    June 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Hopefully we will be able to send sound and such or attach them to a text like I did on my dumb phone last year!!

  15. vraeleragon
    June 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I think people respond badly at toy-like color because of the background. I wish they have better backgrounds that can go better with the icons. At least they finally added the multitasking features.

    I used to have android, spending so much time tweaking it around, and I ended up not using them. Now I have iPhone things are much simpler and elegant. Took a long time deciding between S3 and iPhone 5, and I can say I made the right decision by getting iPhone. They're at (around) the same price anyway if you add them up. Most people don't think about short term payment.

  16. Jason Papapanagiotakis
    June 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    what happened to the once leading design team of Apple?
    I'm glad I switched away from Apple for my last phone.

    • Max
      June 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Johnny Ive took over. That's what apple gets for using their hardware designer to make software.

  17. Jack Giebel
    June 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    It looks like a colorful version of android with a few elements from windows phone. It also adds a bunch of features android has had for years. Some apps even look like an exact copy of there android alternative.

  18. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Refreshing look to iOS since iOS. Each and every thing is redesigned. Color combination is amazing. The best mobile OS since the evolution of mobile OS.

    • Sharukh Mohammed
      June 12, 2013 at 5:10 am

      Best infant design since the original infant design.

    • Chinmay Sarupria
      June 13, 2013 at 4:59 am

      So you think that using colors is infant design?
      Then your dream OS must be using Black and White.

    • Max
      June 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      There's also a cool thing called android. It's had all of these things for years. People like this look at apple adding a "new" feature to their own OS, and scream with joy that apple's control decided to add some more android features.

    • Chinmay Sarupria
      June 13, 2013 at 4:56 am

      So you are saying that iOS 7 is copy of Android, then please tell exactly which part is copy of Android?

      Lock Screen is new, icons are great(icons doesn't looks like Android's dull icons), the whole OS now looks much simpler but Android looks cluttered.

      The truth is that when we hold an Android phone, nothing feels interesting. Android needs a lot of years to become a good OS.

    • Max
      June 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Whatever, we clearly both have our opinions.

  19. TechnoAngina
    June 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Looks like a toy version of an android phone. I wish I was kidding when I said the color scheme hurts my eyes, but the loudness of the colors really doesn't go together and it's really poorly unified as a design theme. I can't say anything about the under the hood improvements, as by and large they tend to build fairly solid devices, but from users I've spoken to the design update isn't being well received.

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