After iOS and the iPhone had first arrived at the scene back in 2007, the first major update to the mobile devices platform has been the iOS 7 which is the talk of tech town the world over. Apple too has finally let the cat out of the house, letting us have a good sneak peek of what to expect out of the almost new OS. In fact, the iOS 7 would not only give Apple users a new interface on iPhone 5, 4S or iPad by way of design and looks but also by the way it works.
The most striking features of the iOS 7 would be the quick settings the user can affect via the Control Center. The new iOS also comes with a more user friendly multitasking interface while the new Airdrop feature will make it a breeze sharing files over the air between iOS devices.
If it were to be compared with the toggle menu users of the Android gadgets enjoy, the Control Center in the new iOS 7 allows the user easy reach to such features like Wi-Fi, Airplane, Bluetooth and Night Mode. Locking the rotation feature and moving on to do not disturb mode is also very easy in the new interface. Other ease of access the user experiences is for the camera operations, flashlight mode and brightness control or for entertainment like volume control or moving to next track of the music playing. Access to the Control Center is always at the fingertip end even while using some other application. Just a swipe gesture at any point of time gets the user to the Control Center.
Looks and Feel
So far as looks of the interface go, thinner fonts and colorful display gives the gadget a trendier look along with more efficient content management. Notifications also can now be managed according to date.
Multitasking feature of the OS 7 is further emphasized by the usage of small green symbols indicating each running app. Removing the app requires just a swipe gesture, much like that is seen on the WebOS and HTC Sense 4 gadgets.
Photos App of the iOS 7 has features such as grid-view, similar to that seen on Windows Phone. Users can hover the photo to see the picture without the need to actually open the file, which is once again a feature available on the Galaxy Note devices. User with the updated OS would get photo stream service under the label “shared”. Photos can be synchronized across device with this feature.
The Airdrop feature would sure create a loss for the DropBox application as its working is quite similar. Airdrop allows for users to share files such as photos and videos across devices that run on iOS devices or even between iOS and Mac OS X and vice-versa. The files are sent to the target device over a wi-fi connection.
Safari the browser works more efficiently on the iOS 7. Not only does it uses lesser power, there is no more limit on the number of tabs while the theme is minimalistic all white. In carousal view a new user interface in tab view is available which is quite similar to the Google Chrome.
Users would find the message app also quite plain with its white background and keyboard coming in grey. Just a swipe gesture takes the user to the contacts list or a new thread as required. These apart, feature like Siri, Calendar, Contacts, iTunes Radio (erstwhile iRadio) also add lots of zing to the all new iOS 7.
A release date of the iOS 7 is expected to be just before the iPhone 5s has been released, which is September. Users of the old devices should get their update too, but not certain for devices with single core processors.