Particular support for Touch ID, AirDrop and 64-bit apps
Apple has promised to make available the very latest version of its mobile OS, iOS 7, on September 18th . iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users will receive it as free software update. The company claims iOS 7 has over 200 new features: -including Control Center; Notification Center; improved Multitasking; AirDrop; enhanced Photos; Safari; and Siri. In addition, iOS 7 has been engineered with heavy integration with both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. It also introduces iTunes Radio- a free Internet radio service based on the music users listen to on iTunes. It will be available with the launch of iOS 7 in the USA.
Apple has engineered iOS 7 to take full advantage of the advanced 64-bit technologies in iPhone 5s, including the native 64-bit kernel, libraries and drivers.
All the built-in apps have been re-engineered for 64-bit, and iOS 7 provides a seamless developer transition with Xcode support and the ability to run both 32-bit and 64-bit apps.
iOS 7 also provides deep integration with the new Touch ID sensor which is built into the Home button of the 5s – although it didn’t spell out exactly what this means.
GoMo News reckons that Apple is sticking with its AirDrop Wi-fi based content sharing technology rather than going with NFC [Near Field Communication].
Craig Federighi, Apples senior vp for Software Engineering, claimed, “iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device, but one that will still be instantly familiar to our users.”
New features iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch include: -
- Control Center, which gives users quick access to the controls users want in one convenient place with just one swipe from the bottom of users’ screen;
- Notification Center, now available from the Lock screen so users can see all their notifications with a simple swipe, and the new Today feature gives users an at-a-glance view of their day with a summary of the important details such as weather, traffic, meetings and events;
- improved Multitasking that gives users the ability to switch between their apps in a more visual and intuitive way, and iOS 7 pays attention to which apps users use most and automatically keeps their content up to date in the background;
- AirDrop, an entirely new way to quickly and easily share content with people nearby;
- new Camera app filters so users can add real-time photo effects, a square camera option, and users can quickly and easily switch between their four cameras—video, photo, square and panorama—with just a swipe;
- a redesigned Photos app that introduces Moments, a new way to automatically organize their photos and videos based on time and location;
- full-screen browsing with Safari’s new redesigned user interface, the new smart search field helps simplify searching, and there’s a new view for their bookmarks and their Safari tabs;
- Siri with new male and female voices, Twitter search integration, Wikipedia integration and Bing web searching within the app; and
- iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and an incredible catalogue of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features only iTunes can deliver.
Additional new iOS 7 features include a new Find My iPhone Activation Lock, that requires your Apple ID and password before you can turn off Find My iPhone, erase data or re-activate a device after it’s been remotely erased; FaceTime audio for high quality calls over a data network; and new ringtones, alarms, alerts and system sounds.