Apple Unveils New Mobile Operating System and iTunes Radio Service

By Jeremy Del Nero on 11 June 2013
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Apple's iOS 7

Apple’s iOS 7

Apple announced the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7.  It’s the first time since the original iPhone that Apple has implemented a completely redesigned user interface for its mobile platform.  iOS 7 will also introduce users to a slew of new apps and features.

Control Center, newly introduced with iOS 7, will be a one-stop place where the user can control brightness, volume, and Airplay as well as toggle Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Do Not Disturb.  In addition, Control Center also provides easy access to frequently used apps such as Clock, Camera, Calculator and the Flashlight.

A new feature called Air Drop will allow iDevice users to securely transfer data between two devices in close proximity to each other.  Airdrop operates using direct peer-to-peer transfers, independent from Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

Many apps also received design overhauls, their interface simplified and for a more streamlined experience.  Safari now allows full screen web browsing and cloud password storage, Photos uses a smarter organization method called Moments, and Camera introduces new shooting modes and an easier to navigate interface.  Siri has new voices and can answer a greater range of questions as well.

Along with the redesign of the Music app, Apple introduced iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service that delivers personalized music based on the listener’s taste.  The service will provide a genre-based experience similar to existing services like Spotify Radio, Pandora, or Songza.  iTunes Radio is ad-supported, although iTunes Match subscribers who pay the $24.99 annual fee won’t see the ads.  Similar to iTunes Match, iTunes radio will also be available on Apple TV.

iOS 7 will be supported on iPhone 4, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2, and all newer models of these devices.  It is slated to be released this fall as a free over-the-air wireless download.


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