iOS 7 holds the key to Apple’s fate-whether it gets back to the top, or sees its stocks take a nosedive. This Techspirited article looks at some of the new features of iOS 7.
‘i’ owe you
The networking giant Cisco owned the ‘iOS’ trademark, which was later bought by Apple. These companies were earlier caught in a legal battle over the ‘iPhone’ trademark.
Google has been chomping away at Apple’s pie for quite a while now, with Android toppling iOS to claim stake to the title of the most popular operating system. The world waited with bated breath to see what Apple’s response to the onslaught would be-Apple did not disappoint (well, at least not completely!)
Apple may boast about the great build quality of their phones, and the impressive hardware it comes with, but the fact remains that the hardware seen on their phones, while being impressive, aren’t exactly top crop. What really sets Apple devices apart from the rest of the competition is its fluid, and intuitive operating system-iOS. Since it first made its appearance, iOS has completely revolutionized the way we interact with our phones and other gadgets. Over the years, it is their operating system that has been Apple’s crown jewel, and one that has drawn such a massive fan following.
Apple announced the arrival of the latest iOS edition-iOS 7, way back in June 2013; we got to see it in all its glory during the unveiling of the company’s latest flagship device-the iPhone 5s, and the mid-range iPhone 5c. While the fingerprint sensor on the 5s got quite a few heads turning, the real star of the show was the swanky new iOS. Apple designers have drawn a lot of criticism for lack of innovation with their OS. The famed operating system has been largely unchanged since its inception. This time around, heeding to the need of the hour, Apple has finally revamped its operating system. Such has been the change, that Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, said that, “Downloading iOS7 is like getting an all-new device.” Here’s a look at the many features of Apple’s latest operating system, that has got the entire tech fraternity raving about it.
New feature set: (from left to right) iTunes Radio, better multitasking, cleaner UI, advanced Control Center, and all new Safari browser.
iOS 7 does away with the old all-too-familiar interface, and now sports a much cleaner and polished look. Gone is the 3D look of the icons, which now have a flat, and more rounded look. The color scheme too has changed to bright and vibrant colors. The new UI also brings in a host of cool animations, which accompany every action, right from the homescreen, to the many applications within the menu. The iconic ‘slide to unlock’ bar is now replaced with a simple swipe in any direction to unlock the phone. iOS also finally brings in dynamic wallpapers, its own version of animated wallpapers for your homescreen.
Taking a leaf right out of Android’s book, the latest iOS now brings drop-down notifications, along with an advanced control center. The control center can be accessed from any screen, while using any application on the device. It gives you quick access to the most commonly used features and settings, like Wi-Fi, airplane mode, Bluetooth, camera, calculator, brightness control, etc. It also lets you control the basic functions of the music player.
Camera and Photo Gallery
The lockscreen has seen an overhaul, and the icons now sport a flatter, and brighter look.
Other Notable Features
|Updated Browser||–||The default Safari browser is faster, smoother, and now supports swipe controls.|
|iCloud Keychain||–||iCloud can now remember your usernames and passwords, and Safari automatically fills in the fields when you want to sign in.|
|Apps Near Me||–||Shows you a collection of trending apps relevant to your location.|
|Find My iPhone||–||Enhanced security feature to disable unauthorized use of the device.|
|iOS in the Car
iOS 7 is by far the biggest upgrade for iOS over its 7 generations. The entire OS has got a complete makeover, which could bring back the company to its former glory. The updates are expected to roll out to iOS devices (iPhone 4+, iPod Touch 5, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, and iPad mini) OTA from 18th September. The new OS brings a lot of promise, but time alone will tell if it can help the Cupertino-based company revive its fortunes.