iOS 7: a much needed evolution

iOS 7: A Much Needed Evolution

Apple has launched its iOS 7 this week, which should be a much needed shot in the arm for the lack lustre and dated operating system. iOS 7 will represent the biggest revision of its mobile OS since its debut back in 2007, and could lead to a great deal more iPhone contracts being sold this year.

iOS 7 is tagged to have an all new design with all new features making it even simpler, more useful and more enjoyable, but still feel instantly familiar.

New Design

  • Simplification and minimal ornamentation
  • New typography with a focus on taller fonts with a thinner weight that take advantage of Apple's high-density displays
  • A new colour palette that leans heavily on pastels.
  • Extended use of translucence.

New features

Apple's new iOS 7 is a great step forward full of useful innovations and a great visual refresh, however the critics have questioned the vibrancy of the apps, suggesting that he line work isn't consistent, a few gradients are more severe than others, and that the icons don't feel like a cohesive set.

Control Centre: Just swipe up from any screen will let you control the phone settings like switch to airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off or just adjust screen brightness

Notification Centre: Swipe down to see your notifications like new mail, missed calls. A new feature called Today will show you any calendar notifications

Multitasking: intelligently schedules updates and double click the home button shows all running Apps, just swipe up to close

Camera: Camera in iOS 7 puts all shooting formats — still, video, panorama, and now square — front and centre. You can apply filters to still and square photos

Photos: Now there are faster, easier and more delightful ways to scroll down memory lane. Introducing Collections, Moments and Years — smart groupings of your photos and videos based on time and place

AirDrop: It lets you quickly and easily share photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app with a Share button. Just tap Share, and then select the person you want to share with. 

Safari: Browsing is bigger, better and more beautiful with 

Safari in iOS 7. Buttons and bars — like the unified smart search field — stay hidden until you scroll to reveal them. So you see more content than ever on your screen. And with a swipe, you can go back or forward a page.

Siri: Siri in iOS 7 gets a new look and new capabilities. It features a redesigned interface that fades into view — on top of whatever’s on your screen. It’s faster at answering questions and checks more sources, such as Bing, Wikipedia and Twitter. And Siri takes on extra tasks, like returning calls, playing voicemail, adjusting screen brightness and more

Apple’s existing users have been used to a consistent UI over the years; will iOS 7 be too radical a change for them, or will iOS 7 be the vital swaying factor to attract new users to Apple?

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