SOFTWARE DESIGNER Apple has announced that it will release its iOS 7 mobile operating system on 18 September.
Speaking at its San Francisco press conference where the firm is expected to unveil its highly anticipated iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets, Apple VP of software engineering Craig Federighi revealed that the firm will start rolling out its iOS 7 mobile operating system to users on 18 September.
Federighi added that the mobile operating system will be compatible with the iPhone 4 and later, the iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini and its iPod Touch lineup. The update will be available to download over the air once it's available.
Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system was announced at the firm's Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this year and boasts over 200 new features.
Chief among these features are a completely overhauled 'flat' design, a quick settings menu accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, new card-based multi-tasking, an updated Safari web browser and a revamped photo gallery.
Ahead of Federighi's announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the firm is on track to ship its 700 millionth iOS device by next month, adding that "iOS 7 will quickly become the world's most popular operating system" - no doubt a dig at Google's Android alternative. µ