Apple has officially taken the wraps off of iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference today on 18th Sept. 2013. iOS 7 is the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system that debuted back in 2007 on the original iPhone. iOS 7 will be a free download for anyone who has a compatible iOS device.
According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, iOS 7 is the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone was introduced five years ago. The new design is evident in everything from sharper, flatter icons, slimmer fonts, a new slide-to-unlock function, and a new control panel that slides up from the bottom of the screen for frequently accessed settings. The stock apps have all been redesigned — including a major revamp of the weather app with new animations that are scarily reminiscent of Yahoo’s great-looking Weather app graphics.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the event “Since we make updates easy and available to as many customers as possible, iOS 7 will quickly become the World’s most popular mobile operating system”.
“Next month we’ll be shipping our 700 millionth iOS device, and we’re excited about what our hundreds of thousands of iOS developers are doing to bring great new features to their apps”, said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
iOS 7 is available for the following iPhone, iPod and iPad devices:
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPod Touch (5th Gen)
- iPad 2
- iPad with Retina Display
- iPad Mini
If you plan on grabbing the new iPhone 5S with the 64-bit A7 processor, its going to be screaming fast.
Tip: To update iOS 7 on your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Or simply plug in your gadget into a PC and check for updates via iTunes. The iOS 7 update is 752MB, but requires as least 3.1GB of free storage to download.