Apple Unveils iOS 7, a Completely Overhauled Mobile OS

by Istvan Fekete on June 11, 2013

Apple has done it again. During the two-hour-long WWDC 2013 keynote, the company gave us tech addicts a presentation of what the company has been working on during the past few months. And it was impressive: with iOS 7, Apple has overhauled its mobile operating system, eliminating every inch of skeuomorphism.

The world’s largest tech company presented the operating system that runs on (almost) all iPhones and iPads, sending a very clear message: they have undertaken what can be called the most audacious redesign since the iPhone was presented by Steve Jobs back in 2007.

Before the big event, the rumour mill had spilled information about a major software overhaul, with some sources speaking about a flat new interface dominated by black and white. And here it is: there is no trace of skeuomorphism (whereby digital interfaces are designed to look like real-world counterparts), that has been characteristic of iOS since its original launch.

“The new version is almost unrecognizable, which will make it polarizing,” said Jan Dawson, chief telecom analyst at Ovum. “Some people will love that their phone feels new and different, while others will be disoriented by the newness. On the other hand, this is a clear statement from Apple that it acknowledges the need to refresh the user interface and is willing to do something pretty dramatic.”

Fortunately, Apple has learned a lot from the jailbreaking community, which has been one step ahead of the company in releasing features of iOS for power users. Among the many new features iOS 7 has, Control Center reminds us a lot of what jailbreakers have known as SBSettings. This (iconic) jailbreak tweak allowed instant access to key system settings such as Wi-Fi, brightness control, Bluetooth, etc.

Also, the new Airdrop feature is the new Apple way to make image sharing easy, without the need to bump the phones like you do with the Galaxy S4. Airdrop was first available on Macs, but now has finally arrived in iOS 7.

Jony Ive, Craig Frederighi, and their team have dug deep into the mobile operating system to redesign all the native apps it comes with, and that even includes the Music app. The revamped app now features iTunes Radio as well, Apple’s long-rumoured music streaming service.

iOS 7 will launch this fall. Meanwhile, iOS 7 beta 1 is already available for download for developers.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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