Apple Unveils New Mobile Operating System and iTunes Radio Service
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.