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Five of the biggest changes in iOS

Apple's latest operating system, the new iOS7, features a cleaner look and tighter security, reports DERRICK HO in San Francisco
The Straits Times - June 19, 2013
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Five of the biggest changes in iOS

 

Apple took the wraps off its new mobile operating system, iOS 7, at its Worldwide Developers Conference last week in SanFrancisco. The newest version - dubbed by Apple chief TimCook as the biggest change to iOS since the launch of the iPhone in 2007 - will sport a fresher look and introduce a host of new features. We look at five of the most significant changes.
1 A new, cleaner look
While the iPhone's hardware has evolved over time, its interface has largely stayed the same and is slowly becoming stale. That will change in the latest iteration of iOS.
Apple has kept the basic structure of the operating system but given its interface a fresh coat of paint. Overall, iOS 7 looks neater, airier and crisper than iOS 6.
Icons have been stripped of their glossy sheen and redesigned with a brighter colour palette but a flatter feel.
The new design also introduces thinner typography - giving it a look similar to what is seen on Android and Windows devices.
Apple also bid goodbye to its signature heavy textures on some app icons that made them look like real-life objects.
Gone is the leather trim on the Calendar app and the green felt in Game Centre. The wooden bookshelves of the Newsstand and iBooks app have been replaced with a translucent grid.
Helming the latest visual update is MrJonathan Ive, who is the driving force behind the sleek and clean curves of Apple's iconic hardware.
"True simplicity is derived from so much more than just the absence of clutter or ornamentation," Mr Ive explained in a video introducing the new design.
"It's about bringing order to complexity."
2 Control Centre
No longer will you have to tap through more than two menus just to turn on Bluetooth on your iPad.
In iOS 7, the Control Centre is a dashboard providing quick access to common controls and apps. Sounds familiar? That is because Android devices also have a dashboard.
From Control Centre, you can bump up the screen's brightness or get to the Calculator app. There is even a button to turn on the LED flashlight at the back of the iPhone when you are fumbling for your glasses in the dark. The dashboard, which is not customisable, can be dragged up from the bottom of any screen, including the Lock screen.
3 iTunes Radio
Built into the Music app in this new iOS will be iTunes Radio, Apple's debut in music streaming.
It works more like Pandora than Spotify. Instead of getting buffet-style access, you create "stations" based on a genre or performer.
Using the five-year-old iTunes Genius, iTunes Radio scans your music library for songs you play or own as a guide to what you will enjoy.
If you like a song you hear, hit a button and it will take you to the iTunes store to purchase it.
This ad-supported service is free and can also be used on Macs and Apple TV.
Initially, iTunes Radio will be available only in the United States, but it should be launched in other countries later.
4 Enhanced camera app and better photo organisation
The improved camera app now offers every possible format - regular, square, video and panorama - and photo filters, a la Instagram, can also be applied. Just do not expect a huge variety of them.
The once-basic Photo app has also been overhauled. Taking a cue from iPhoto, it will automatically organise images into "collections", "moments" and "years" - groupings based on time and location.
5 Better security
The new iOS 7 now includes an "activation lock" that essentially turns your iPhone into a brick when a thief attempts to turn off the Find My iPhone application in the phone.
Find My iPhone is an existing feature that lets users locate their missing devices on a map, remotely set a passcode lock and delete data from it. Savvy thieves have routinely turned off the Find My iPhone feature and reset stolen phones.
"Activation lock" plugs the gap by locking out the thief if he cannot key in the correct Apple ID and password. Think of this as a second lock for your phone.
Availability
The latest iOS will be compatible with the fifth-generation iPod touch, iPad2, iPad with retina display, iPad mini, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.
Its release in the third-quarter this year will likely coincide with the next big iPhone announcement that some predict will be made as soon as in September.

Apple took the wraps off its new mobile operating system, iOS 7, at its Worldwide Developers Conference last week in SanFrancisco. The newest version - dubbed by Apple chief TimCook as the biggest change to iOS since the launch of the iPhone in 2007 - will sport a fresher look and introduce a host of new features. We look at five of the most significant changes.

1 A new, cleaner look

While the iPhone's hardware has evolved over time, its interface has largely stayed the same and is slowly becoming stale. That will change in the latest iteration of iOS.

Apple has kept the basic structure of the operating system but given its interface a fresh coat of paint. Overall, iOS 7 looks neater, airier and crisper than iOS 6.

Icons have been stripped of their glossy sheen and redesigned with a brighter colour palette but a flatter feel.

The new design also introduces thinner typography - giving it a look similar to what is seen on Android and Windows devices.

Apple also bid goodbye to its signature heavy textures on some app icons that made them look like real-life objects.

Gone is the leather trim on the Calendar app and the green felt in Game Centre. The wooden bookshelves of the Newsstand and iBooks app have been replaced with a translucent grid.

Helming the latest visual update is MrJonathan Ive, who is the driving force behind the sleek and clean curves of Apple's iconic hardware.

"True simplicity is derived from so much more than just the absence of clutter or ornamentation," Mr Ive explained in a video introducing the new design.

"It's about bringing order to complexity."

2 Control Centre

No longer will you have to tap through more than two menus just to turn on Bluetooth on your iPad.

In iOS 7, the Control Centre is a dashboard providing quick access to common controls and apps. Sounds familiar? That is because Android devices also have a dashboard.

From Control Centre, you can bump up the screen's brightness or get to the Calculator app. There is even a button to turn on the LED flashlight at the back of the iPhone when you are fumbling for your glasses in the dark. The dashboard, which is not customisable, can be dragged up from the bottom of any screen, including the Lock screen.

3 iTunes Radio

Built into the Music app in this new iOS will be iTunes Radio, Apple's debut in music streaming.

It works more like Pandora than Spotify. Instead of getting buffet-style access, you create "stations" based on a genre or performer.

Using the five-year-old iTunes Genius, iTunes Radio scans your music library for songs you play or own as a guide to what you will enjoy.

If you like a song you hear, hit a button and it will take you to the iTunes store to purchase it.

This ad-supported service is free and can also be used on Macs and Apple TV.

Initially, iTunes Radio will be available only in the United States, but it should be launched in other countries later.

4 Enhanced camera app and better photo organisation

The improved camera app now offers every possible format - regular, square, video and panorama - and photo filters, a la Instagram, can also be applied. Just do not expect a huge variety of them.

The once-basic Photo app has also been overhauled. Taking a cue from iPhoto, it will automatically organise images into "collections", "moments" and "years" - groupings based on time and location.

5 Better security

The new iOS 7 now includes an "activation lock" that essentially turns your iPhone into a brick when a thief attempts to turn off the Find My iPhone application in the phone.

Find My iPhone is an existing feature that lets users locate their missing devices on a map, remotely set a passcode lock and delete data from it. Savvy thieves have routinely turned off the Find My iPhone feature and reset stolen phones.

"Activation lock" plugs the gap by locking out the thief if he cannot key in the correct Apple ID and password. Think of this as a second lock for your phone.

Availability

The latest iOS will be compatible with the fifth-generation iPod touch, iPad2, iPad with retina display, iPad mini, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

Its release in the third-quarter this year will likely coincide with the next big iPhone announcement that some predict will be made as soon as in September.

 

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