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iOS 7 specs and features: Everything you need to know

A rundown of the most noteworthy features coming to the iPhone and iPad
Tue Jun 11 2013, 12:22

SOFTWARE HOUSE Apple unveiled iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, with Tim Cook touting the upgraded software as the "biggest change to iOS since the first iPhone was launched".

He's right, too. Jony Ive's first iOS reworks the interface we've come to know from the inside out with revamped icons, lots of new features and the promise of making your iPhone and iPad feel brand new.

Here's everything you need to know about Apple's new iOS 7 mobile operating system ahead of its rollout this autumn. (We know. Sigh.)

It looks completely different
When Jony Ive took over software design from Scott Forstall, the rumour mill promptly generated speculation that he would completely redesign iOS.

Ive has delivered just that too, revamping everything including application icons, fonts and iOS colour schemes. There are also new translucent bars and menus, while some apps like Weather and Siri have been given a complete makeover inside and out.

iOS 7 design

Perhaps the most interesting design element is what Apple calls the Parallax Effect, which takes advantage of the iPhone's motion sensors to produce a sense of 3D depth when a user moves and tilts the handset. Who said iOS 7 was flat?

Ive summed up iOS 7 quite nicely himself, saying, ""The interface is purposely unobtrusive. Conspicuous ornamentation has been stripped away. Unnecessary bars and buttons have been removed. And in taking away design elements that don't add value, suddenly there's greater focus on what matters most: your content."

There's a quick settings menu
Finally! Apple has taken tips from Android here and added a quick settings menu to iOS, which it calls the Control Center. Accessed via swiping up from the bottom of the screen, and presented as a translucent menu, Control Center enables users to quickly complete tasks such as toggling WiFi and Bluetooth connections, adjusting screen brightness and loading apps such as Torch and Calculator.

Multitasking is better
Apple has completely revamped multitasking in iOS 7, and it's about time too. Taking tips from Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 and HP's WebOS software, tapping the home button now opens a card based interface, enabling users to swipe through open applications. To dismiss an app, simply swipe up and it is gone.

Apple has improved app loading times too, boasting that iOS 7 learns a user's most frequently used apps and prepares them ready for use. Apple claims this will have no negative effect on a device's battery life. µ


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