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iOS 7 Adds New Gestures, Lock Screen Notifications, More

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Jun 10, 2013, 1:42 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jun 10, 2013, 2:23 PM

Apple today detailed iOS 7 for the iPhone and iPad. The new platform, which has a new user interface, includes many new features and capabilities. The lock screen has been been given an updated appearance, as has the weather app with new animations and a new view of multiple cities at one time. The calendar app is better at scrolling and landscape support. The OS has a new swiping gesture that brings back the previous screen. Game Center supports multiple pages of games within folders. Notification Center is now visible from the lock screen, and the today screen shows more detail about the day, including transit times. Control Center offers faster access to wireless radios and is available from any part of the UI. Multitasking now works across all apps within iOS, and iOS 7 introduces a new multitasking screen. Multitasking uses intelligent scheduling, opportunistic updates, and adapts to network conditions to fetch background data when apps aren't being used to conserve battery life. The Safari browser adds iCloud keychain, smart search, shared links, reading lists, and better tab support. Many of these changes are available in the desktop version of Safari, as well. iOS 7 adds support for AirDrop, which can be used to share files with others nearby via peer-to-peer Wi-Fi. The camera sees a number of improvements, and allows people to swipe from camera mode to camera mode, such as from standard to panorama. The Photos app also sees an update, and will help organize photos by putting them into "moments" based on date and location. It also adds a number of filters and editing tools, as well as more advanced sharing capabilities. Siri has been updated to respond to more natural language requests, and can do things like play voicemails or open Twitter. iOS 7 brings with it car integration with a number of 2014 models by a handful of manufacturers, and will show up on the car's in-dash system. It also offers a new version of the App Store, which improves app discovery, such as the ability to see apps that are local, and adds automatic app updates. Other new features include a new activation lock for stolen phones, night mode within Maps, FaceTime audio for high-quality calls, notification sync across devices, message/phone blocking, and better business support.

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Jun 10, 2013, 2:47 PM


Does this look like a android-ifid IOS to anyone else but me? Looks interesting at least, i do give them props for changing it up a bit though. Hopefully Apple can make their next phone actually special.
Apple calls it the iDroid 5s
Yes it does, and you better get used to this new interface. Knowing Apple, it'll be another 6 years before it changes again.

But yeah, the initial pictures do remind me of Android.
Apple has been copying Android since at least 5.0.....this time around it just got more obvious....
looks nothing like Android, but pull out a WP8 and you will see that it is like iOS and WP8 had a baby and the baby looks AWESOME, I love all three major operating systems(Android, iOS, and WP8 ) but iOS and WP8 work a lot more fluidly then android an...
There's definitely a lot of direction here that Android started to go towards, as well as a lot of WebOS's 'glassiness.' Apple did a good job avoiding the bleakness of the former and rough edges of the latter.

Jun 11, 2013, 2:21 AM

Like Android, WebOS, WP8 with a smidgen of Blackberry OS 10

I have no problems with innovation, it drives the market and people desire to have the latest and greatest. But forgive me if I am wrong, but didn't Apple sue the hell out of Samsung for rounded corners on icons among other things, Microsoft for the Recycle Bin.

So with that being said, who is going to sue Apple for the features that scream Android, WebOS, Blackberry and WP8?

I know Steve Jobs Quoted Pablo Picasso with "good artist copy, great artist steal." But the trick is getting away with it. This should pan out interestingly over time.
If Apple wasn't so damn sue happy I wouldn't be upset that they borrowed so many damn features from others OSes.

I hope Microsoft, Google, and Blackberry all get together and sue the socks off of Apple to show if you want to borrow other can sue t...

Jun 10, 2013, 8:51 PM

Not innovative or a game changer

But it didn't have to be. The sheep don't care. All they see is something new and that's fine. It's a welcome change but the same ol boring grid of icons are still there and the home screen looks hideous. Knowing Apple they won't refresh it for the next 10 years. Will the sheep care? Nope. Will they still sell phones? Of course. Will Android still thrive? Absolutely. Competition is always good.

Jun 10, 2013, 5:57 PM


To me, it looks more like a copy of Win8 with thinner fonts, and without all the "live" tiles. I don't like it, but I didn't have a say in how it looks.

Jun 10, 2013, 1:53 PM

Control center...

Like what Samsung had in it's galaxy s line starting...2009? Um...maybe Apple should give back the Nickels...
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