We take a whistle stop tour of Apple’s radically redesigned iOS 7 ahead of tonight’s iPhone 5S reveal
In just a few short hours Apple will launch the iPhone 5S alongside iOS 7 and potentially a cheaper iPhone handset known as the iPhone 5C. That’s three pretty sizable updates in one sitting… tonight looks to be anything but boring in this regard.
For all intents and purposes, iOS 7 is still the iPhone software you know and love but with a fresh and deep coat of paint. We had heard a lot of talk about iOS 7 being very ‘flat’ but I’ve found it to have clearer dimension and depth than previous versions. The notification bar and Control Center are clearly layered above whatever app is underneath it, which gives you a unique sense of place within iOS 7.
Lauded as the biggest overhaul to Apple’s mobile platform since its inception way back in 2007, iOS 7 looks to be one of the biggest talking points of tonight’s media event. The gold standard release of iOS 7 will likely be markedly different, featuring a variety of bug fixes and UX changes.
New controls: Notifications, Control Center, Multitasking
iOS 7 adds some much-needed toggle switches with Control Center and Android users have long known how great this can be. With iOS 7, you simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen and you’ll have access to a handy menu in which you can do a lot of useful things.
New features: AirDrop, iTunes Radio,
AirDrop lets you quickly and securely transfer files locally. This utilises Bluetooth to create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi connection between devices, so you can share photos, videos and other types of files between devices inside Apple’s ecosystem.
AirDrop seems easy to set up and use but it’s honestly tough to gauge its real-life uses without iOS 7 out in the wild. It is definitely easier than bumping handsets together with NFC-enabled apps like Bump.
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