The much anticipated Apple event yesterday provided more details on what Tim Cook described as the OS that will “quickly become the world’s most popular operating system.” We first got a peek at iOS 7 back in June and it appears the early buzz was pretty much on the money. The shiny (or should we say flatter) new mobile OS delivers a complete visual overhaul with an all-new user interface, Control Center, smarter multi-tasking, iTunes Radio and an improved Siri now available in male or female voices.
The new look of iOS 7 features a slightly translucent-looking keyboard, redesigned icons and new buttons. It’s a clear move away from the textured “skeumorphic” approach in previous iOS versions, where graphics were designed to emulate the “real world” (you won’t see the felt table cover in game center and leather stitching in Calendar). It’s clearly going to have implications for developers, many of whom will likely update their apps to compliment the new style.
iOS 7′s new Control Center adds the highly requested (and presently offered by rivals) quick access toggle bars to control brightness, switch-on flashlight, turn on airplane mode and do not disturb. iOS 7 also brings new ways to discover apps and allows automatic app updates. This means CoPilot users will be able to download our latest app updates without taking any action. If you still prefer to see the “What’s New” info to see firsthand what we’ve improved or added, you can always switch automatic updates off. The choice is yours!
iOS 7 will be available as a free download for iPhone 4, 4s and 5 from September 18th. It will also be available for iPad (iPad 2 or later), iPad Mini and iPod Touch (5th generation) although apparently owners of these devices may need to wait till October.
We were also formally introduced to the iPhone 5S and 5C. Both new devices will be available on September 20th with pre-orders for 5C starting this Friday, Sept. 13th. We’ve been excited to see (and get our hands on) both devices up close and personal for some time and will report more on them later this week.
Our verdict? As you can imagine here at CoPilot, we’re Apple fans and so it’s great to see iOS get a full make-over. For many existing iOS iPhone, iPad and iPod owners, it’s going to feel a bit like getting a new device. To celebrate its arrival, we’ve got a few cool things in store for you. So stay tuned over the next few weeks!