It’s that time of year again. The holidays are coming, IFA 2013 just finished, the Nexus 5 is eagerly awaited, and Apple held their September the 10th event. September for Apple usually means the S series reveal, and the iOS launch, While the iPhone 5S and the 5C were the highlights of the show this time, the more interesting thing is the iOS update, as it deeply affects the way Apple’s current user base stays committed. Apple prides itself on a brilliant UI and UX, and unmatched design standards, in no small part due to Steve Jobs. We buy the phone for the hardware, and stay for the software. Apple hopes to ensure that their software upgrades once a year are enough to keep users happy.
They don’t fail to disappoint with the new iOS 7 release, which makes a lot of little changes and tweaks that will please their 700 million strong user base. This upgrade possibly contains more tweaks and modifications than any iOS upgrade seen in the past. We’ll bring you the full scoop, from the Apple live event and some leaks too, on all the changes, tiny and big, that make this monumental shift.
The most visible difference of all is a very subtle but complete UI revamp. This starts from the cleaner slide to unlock screen, getting rid of the slide button to the end-end design, and includes the brilliant screen parallax effect, new button designs, to the intelligent notification system, which also allegedly learns where you travel to most frequently and recommends routes and, translucent notification bar, which also forms a neat transparent status bar and changes color to suit the current tile, a stunning weather app, and beautiful typography in general .
We can’t really do any better to show you how subtly but radically different the UI looks than show a few images. The new system looks drop-dead gorgeous.
This is one of the major changes in the iOS 7 upgrade, and it allows the user to swipe up from anywhere on the phone, to see the Control Center which includes settings like Bluetooth, WiFi control, Brightness, Flight Mode toggle, Music player, AirDrop and AirPlay settings and even a new LED torch, which will likely kill all third-party torch apps on the iStore. All this on a translucent modal that looks neat and natural.
Search and Multitasking
Pulling down from the home screen opens up another translucent search bar, which allows you to quickly sift through the contents of the phone. A press on the home button allows you to view all open apps and quickly switch between them, which is a multitask upgrade iOS users have long desired, after seeing the ease of swiping between apps in Vanilla Android and other skins too.
Safari got an overhaul with better looks and more functionality, including a resizable URL bar allowing for a larger area to read content. It also has an updated bookmarks feature, which combines your entire Twitter feed and puts it in one ever refreshing list of tweets and news.
One cool new feature is the 3D tab switcher, which has a visually stunning way to view all tabs in and switch between them.. This also means infinite tabs open, which a lot of people will be happy to hear, especially since iCloud lets you sync Safari tabs across devices.
Much to the joy of Apple fandoms, Siri now carries loads of updates, including new voices ! Now people can hear ‘no internet’, or ‘I’m sorry could you repeat that’, in a male voice, and a tweaked out female voice. Siri can also now execute actions like, ‘turn on Bluetooth’, and ‘increase screen brightness’. Now, you can also ask Siri ‘What’s Lady Gaga saying’, as demonstrated in the live event, and have her/him/it open up a list of recent tweets. Wikipedia and search results have also been integrated into Siri. These, along with an allegedly more personalized assistant, make Siri the voice assistant software to beat, and possibly the point-of-envy of Android users.
The camera app now sports a more swipe-and-gesture friendly interface, with more functionality built-in. You can now swipe across the screen to go into video mode, or the 1:1 aspect ratio camera shot. You can also use camera presets to view images on-screen using a particular effect before shooting, to better decide how to immortalize memories. Allegedly, pinch to zoom has also been improved in this update.
The Gallery here has been re-invented, and this is one of the most ‘small ideas making a large impact’ idea. All photos are automatically grouped and categorized by date and check-in place. Pinch-zooming out reveals place sorted groups allowing an entire vacation to be automatically grouped, viewed, and possibly uploaded. Zooming out further shows a year view of photos, which is about as far as we can get given the phone lifetime now. Holding our finger over the thumbnail creates a tiny preview image, which can be expanded to view the full album.
Apple has also shown the new AirDrop for sharing images, pictures, and data between neighboring iDevices. Using a dedicated P2P WiFi connection, it shows a speedy and simple way of transferring information
iPhone Music and radio
iOS 7 also attempts to reinvent the music player, and create the best user experience here too. The player now displays and plays tracks both locally, and on your iCloud. Turning the phone horizontally pans out all the album art, allowing us to choose tracks from here, and this is quite novel.
This upgrade also introduces the iTunes Radio, which is the Apple answer to the Google Play Music, and top online radio stations like Spotify and Pandora. The iTunes radio store also offers a set of built-in radio channels, as well as customizable channels, but we’re yet to see how the different products perform toe-to-toe
The iOS 7 will make developers rethink and remodel the apps to take advantage of the new screen space and edge-edge design, and allows truly beautiful 3rd party apps to become a reality. The upgrade is compatible with the iPhone 4+, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, and the 5th gen iPod touch.
iOS 7 will to hit devices on September the 18th, and is all set to bring a brilliant new User experience to the table. We will bring you more information as if surfaces. In the mean time, please enjoy this Animated GIF of the design changes between iOS 6 and 7. Happy waiting.
SOURCEApple Live Event - Sept '13
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