Apple is expected to launch its much awaited and much-hyped iOS 7 on 18 September 2013. As is the usual norm and to take advantage of the debugging capabilities of its die-hard iOS enthusiasts, Apple released iOS 7 Beta version for its developer community. And the iOS 7 beta has earned its own set of reviews ranging, as like any other beta, from ½ a star to all 5 stars. Now what features does iOS 7 Beta offer? Where does the user experience differ from iOS 6 ? Lets see some of the features.
Given the fact that iOS 7 Beta was in itself of 3 versions released in stages between June – July 2013, the initial impression amongst the developers is that the Beta launch was premature. But on the download of Beta version being just about 13 MB, nobody seemed to mind it much; the eyes were all set on improved features and their exploit potential for developers. Revealed with a great launch phrase as “iOS 7 – The Biggest change to the iOS since the launch of iPhone!” the developer community pounced on the Beta at the very moment it was made available. Some striking changes that were perceived on the first handling are here to alter our Apple experience.
The GUI overhaul has been the most important and discernible character change in iOS 7. The catch phrase was termed “Bringing order to Complexity!”. The big reveal was that there are as much as ten major feature additions and modifications, with the major emphasis on Steve Job’s iconic aspiration – ‘Skeuomorphic Design Elements’. With the heavy burden of Job’s legacy to be maintained, the Apple team has presented their rich tribute to his wish. Here are the latest features of iOS 7 as presented in Beta form :
Air Drop has been integrated for optimum wi-fi performance across all Apple platforms in their latest generation levels. App Store has been upgraded to provide chronological ranging, geo-specific sharing and with the auto update feature for existing apps. Swiping to change the modes of camera from video, photo, square photo and panorama options alongwith live photo filter previews.
The new Control Center aspect gives a Settings like feature. It can help the user change the settings of Airplane mode, screen display, media controls, Air Play and Air Drop aspects, shortcuts to several apps including those that one would require at the drop of a hat. Live wall paper options and the camera app movement based on gyroscopic inputs are simple yet scintillating features.
‘iOS in the car’ feature will provide options for hands-free, eyes-free satellite navigation, caller options, music and iMessage integration on a car’s screen through Siri integration. This version of the iOS has incorporated multitasking feature for all apps. Multitasking has been taken to a new level with background updating of apps, alongwith push notifications and running app previews. The music app is now integrated with iTunes radio.
Gallery of the photos is sorted by chronological sequence and geo-tagging. All files can be shared through iCloud photo stream too. The infamous Safari websurf has also been added with features such as parental controls, infinite tab surfing and classy improvements to accommodate social networking sites. The tabs GUI permits them to be viewed from above than the usual front view. Siri features have been redesigned to add new voices, better system control & settings, Twitter, Wiki, Bing and gallery integration. Trust issues with compatible Apple products has also been resolved with new user driven permissions.
iOS Call blocking, audio only calls, face-time audio, Control Center n sync, availability thru locked screen, Virtual private networking, Find my iPhone feature are a set of power-packed modules that take this new iOS 7 to an altogether new level. With the help of the ever-dedicated, Apple loving, developer community, the launch of iOS 7 in September is sure to be entralling Apple users all over the world.
With more such features and advancements, radical concepts and astounding changes to existing ones – Apple is sure to carry on the Legacy of the Legendary Steve Jobs for more decades to come. Have you queued up for the iOS 7 upgrade already?