Apple has announced the launch of iOS 7, its next generation operating system, which CEO Tim Cook described as “the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.”
The new iOS, launched at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, introduces a bunch of new features: Control Center allows quick access to apps and controls like airplane mode, wi-fi and display brightness; AirDrop for iOS lets you transfer files more instantly; and a new look Siri, which features a redesigned interface, is easier to understand and faster at answering questions. A new Notification Center includes a feature called Today, which gives you a summary of the day’s main highlights.
The operating system also has better multitasking capabilities, and the camera includes a new square option along with the regular shooting formats — still, video and panorama.
Apple has also notched up iTunes to include a Radio feature that streams radio stations for free on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.
In terms of the apps, iOS 7 introduces a new Kids category that highlights the best apps for children based on age. The new OS also keeps your apps updated automatically.
It also comes packed with new security measures to make it harder for anyone to use or sell your device. Turning off the ‘Find My iPhone’ feature or erasing the device now requires your Apple ID and password.
The new software is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini and iPod touch and will be released this fall.