Apple went in deep yesterday morning with the announcement of iOS7 at the WWDC in San Francisco, adding features to the OS that many users have been clamoring for.
With Android having a larger market share, thanks in part to more device options and better control over the user experience, Apple has taken a page from Android and even Blackberry 10 with the new OS that should make users quite happy.
First up on the list of new features is the new Control Center, which Android users will recognize. From within any screen, a quick upward swipe from the bottom of the screen will display Control Center, which lets users quickly activate settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, AirPlay and more. You’ll even get quick access to your camera, flashlight, calculator and timer.
The Notification Center is also getting a little update as users will get a convenient way of seeing what’s on tap for the day such as calendar events, weather and to-dos. You can also click on “missed”, which shows all alerts while even getting a peek at what’s in store for tomorrow.
Multitasking just got a little more polished as well. Apple will still integrate a double-tap of the Home button to display which apps are open, but to quit an app, you’ll simply have to swipe upward on that app, which is something similar to what Blackberry 10 does, though B10 has you tap the ‘X’ icon after swiping up to close the app. iOS7 will also schedule updates when your device is on and connected to Wi-Fi in order to conserve battery.
As for the camera, iOS7 will add some nice little extras to it, such as the quick ability to switch between Panorama, video recording, still shooting and even square picture-taking. After taking a picture, the new OS will also offer filters, such as those found on Twitter and Instagram, eliminating that extra step before posting.
The Photos app gets a few new wrinkles as well. The app gets Collections, Moments and Years, which are groupings of photos and videos based on time and location of where they were taken. You can also share photos with a shared Photo Stream, so you can instantly send photos to your favorite people.
In addition, Apple is adding AirDrop, which bypasses the need for NFC (Near Field Communication) as it pertains to sharing information. With AirDrop, iOS7 users can share videos, photos and contacts, along with other items from any app wirelessly. Transfers are encrypted and no setup is required.
As for Siri, now available in a newer female voice and in a male voice, it will now use an updated user interface that fades into view when in use and now checks Bing, Wikipedia and Twitter for information, adding to its resources. Siri will also now be able to return calls, play voicemails, and control iTunes Radio.
iOS 7 releases later this year and will be supported by the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad mini and new iPad with Retina display.