Apple showcases iOS 7
Apple’s new mobile operating system , iOS 7, is now available for free download for a number of products. Take a tour of the new and improved features included in the system.
Pictured: Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about iOS7 during Apple’s media event in Cupertino, Calif.
Available Sept. 18
The software is available for a free download for existing Apple products that are eligible for the upgrade. See the next slide for those models.
Pictured: Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple talked about iOS7 during Apple’s media event.
Apple’s new iOS 7 will be available for iPhone 4 and all later models, iPad 2 and later models, iPad mini, and iPod touch (fifth generation). It will also be included on the two newest models of the iPhone.
New camera app
One of the biggest expansions of iOS 7 will be the updates to the camera app. It will have a swipe capability to switch between still photos, video, panorama, and a square grid. Once the photo is taken, the app will sort all photos by “moments and locations.’’ Users can then zoom out to see their pictures sorted by year, as seen in the picture here, then can zoom back in to see them sorted by location.
In the iOS 7, Siri will have a new voice and go beyond her old skills. There will also be an option to have a male voice. The newest update to Siri will be the ability to ask something as simple as, “What is Lady Gaga saying?’’ Siri will then search Twitter for her recent tweets. It will also search other sites as it did before for more information.
The iOS 7 update will bring new ringtones and notification noises to the iPhone.
CNET bloggers live tweeting the media event called them “electronica’’ and “pretty rocking.’’
The notification center will only slightly alter for iOS 7. It will be a swipe up for command center, swipe down for the notification center, and users will be able to search from the home screen instead of the swipe-to-side of the iOS 6.
Coming to iOS 7 will be iTunes Radio, as shown here. Tuesday’s event started with news about the iTunes Festival, taking place throughout September in London, to promote the new iTunes Radio.
Apple will start offering customers who purchase new iOS-powered devices a free copy of five apps from the iWork and iLife suites. Those apps includes Keynote, a presentation app, Pages, a word processor, Numbers, a spreadsheet app, iPhoto, a photo-editing app, and iMovie, a video software. These apps now cost $10 to download on Apple devices.