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Posted Mon 17 Jun 2013 12:39:25 pm in News, Technology & IT | By Dubib.com News Desk


 

15 June 2013

Technology does not always have to be the preoccupation of ‘techies’ alone but can be interesting and interactive for any of us. Every week, Techtroniks will talk about new developments, tech czars and tech users, their favourite gadgets. Plus reviews and simply fun facts to know. This week, Apple, the Cupertino, California, based giant introduced its brand new operating system, the iOS 7, at Apples’ 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference. The spanking new iOS 7 is the brainchild of Jonathan Ave who is the company’s senior vice-president of industrial design.

Apple has given the iOS 7 a completely new fresh look and feel but has also redesigned and overhauled some of the core applications such as the Calendar, Weather, Camera and introduced some novel services such as the iTunes Radio and anti-theft security features.

We have brought to our readers some of the major upgrades which the iOS 7 boasts of and which they can lay their hands on once the OS is made available sometime later this year.

Here is a quick glimpse of the new features:

Revamped UI Design — a complete overhaul of the design introduces “flat” design elements replacing the skeuomorphic designs of the previous versions. The overall look has been made more cleaner, precise and more pleasant with new colours and typography. The base applications have been updated to a new UI scheme which looks more elegant with changes that have been made to the Siri and the Notification Centre.

Default Apps upgrades — There are upgrades to the set of default apps such as Mail, Messages, Weather, Calendar and Safari. These apps are normally shipped along with the devices. While the Calendar app allows swipe between days and zooms out to pop up the year or month, the Mail app allows Inbox messages to be acted upon by simple swipe and the Safari has one-touch access to Favorites, enhanced bookmark feature and Twitter integration. The Camera has got a revamp with filter options akin to those in Instagram and functionality to switch between the camera modes such as “panoramic” or “square” camera view.

iCloud & Photos enhancements — allows categorising photos into location or time specific “moments”. Also the photo collection will be labelled automatically with the locations visited. One can simply zoom all the way into a month or year view or narrow down the zoom to select an image.

Air-drop function — is a new way to share photos, images, clipping or videos with fellow iPhone users. One can simply share with other users using wi-fi connections in a peer-to-peer mode apart from sharing via Twitter, Facebook or iCloud.

iTunes Radio — Built on top of iTunes music catalog and marked by new partnerships with lead record label companies. One can play pre-programmed radio stations by genre or define new favourite artist stations based on your interests. The best part is that iTunes Radio links you back to the iTunes store enabling the user mark his or her favourites in a wish list and subsequently buy tracks on demand. The free app comes advertisement-free for iTunes Match subscribers.

Better Siri — Siri is enriched with new male and female voices and can now speak French and German with more languages expected soon. It has integration with Twitter, Wikipedia and search results from Bing. Anti-Theft Features — iPhone being the most sold and stolen phone Apple has introduced new security upgrade which renders the phone useless, if stolen. The “Activation Lock” setting ensures that reactivation of an iPhone won’t be possible unless one is able to get hold of iCloud user name and password. This feature will surely deter the petty thieves but needs to be seen how foolproof this feature is!

Apart from the above, there are a host of other functionalities which include easy access controls, improved Notification Center, smarter multi-tasking options, FaceTime and iMessage blocking.

Apple expects the full release of iOS 7 sometime in Fall 2013. The beta version is made available to iPhone developer’s community immediately while the iPAD developers have to wait for a few weeks to lay their hands on the same.





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