The next generation of Apple’s mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, iOS 7 represents a complete re-imagination of the OS.
It was announced at the company’s annual developers’ conference back in June where chief executive Tim Cook hailed it as “the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone.”
Indeed, some analysts say the iOS 7 represents a bigger departure for users and developers in terms of the experience than the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c that go on sale Friday.
“I think people aren’t anticipating how big of a deal the new iOS 7 will be,” said Carl Howe, a Yankee Group analyst. “The software is very different than where they’ve been. And the thing that is going to blow people’s mind is that it’s going to make it feel like they’re getting a new phone.”
Among the major changes is a redesigned interface which has icons appearing flatter and text sharper.
The display has been designed to make the iPhone feel bigger with features crafted to reach the edge of the screen.
There will also be a new “control centre”, accessed by swiping a finger from the bottom of the screen, where customers can turn on WiFi and change volume and brightness settings.
Other new features include iTunes Radio (a free internet radio service featuring over 200 stations), a torch setting for the iPhone and changes to Siri.
The development of iOS 7 was overseen by his replacement, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. The interface of the new software was created by a team led by Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, who saw his role expand last year to include software as well as hardware designs, says the LA Times.
Even though iOS has been redesigned from the ground up, and the best part is you don’t need to run out and buy a new iPhone or iPad to truly take advantage of the updates.
“Since we make updates easy, and make them available to as many customers as possible, iOS 7 will quickly become the world’s most popular mobile operating system,” Cook said at the unveiling of the new iPhones last week.
You just need to go to “Settings,” then hit “General” and go to “Software Update.” That’s where you’ll be able to hit a button to update to iOS 7. You can also download the update by plugging your iPhone into your computer. There you’ll be prompted to look for a software update and download iOS 7.
However, before downloading the new iOS 7 back up your data via iCloud. Even though Apple does it automatically, the feature has to be enabled. The best way to do is using a manual back up. Another thing you should do is backing up your iTunes library.
Also it should be pointed out that iOS 7 will not work on every iDevice Apple has ever made. Due to performance constraints, iOS 7 works on the following: iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, fifth generation iPod touch (2012), iPad 2, 3 and 4, and iPad mini.