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iOS 7 Features, Compatibility, Release Date – Everything You Need to Know

It's a big day for Apple today as the first day of WWDC 2013 happened. One of the major announcements of this 5-day event is of course, iOS 7. It's Apple CEO Tim Cook who announced the highly anticipated major update to the company's mobile operating system. He described it as "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone." And it's indeed true, the OS is much flatter and cleaner now. However, iOS 7 is more than just a fresh coat of paint. What are the features you can expect from iOS 7?


iOS 7 Announced

iOS 7 Features

Expanded Folders

We all know the situation with iOS folders and the restrictions that come with. It's just quite silly that the number of apps that a folder can hold is very limited. iOS 7 looks to change that. Now with iOS 7, folders will now have pages which can now accommodate "hundreds" of apps. Still not clear if you can have folders within folders.

Control Center

iOS 7 control center

Now this is a feature that is certainly inspired by the jailbreak community. You all know SBSettings right? Well if you're a fan of the tweak, you'll be happy to know that the feature will be available natively with iOS 7's Control Center. Now you can easily access some of the most frequently used toggles through the Control Center which is called by simply swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

Notification Center

iOS 7 NC

Notification Center, along with most of iOS 7, has received a major cosmetic overhaul. And now, you can also access NC through the lock screen.

Multitasking

iOS 7 Multitasking

Multitasking has always been an iffy subject when it comes to iOS. In general, it is simply lacking. Fortunately, iOS 7 will be addressing this issue as well. And now, true multitasking is now possible for all apps. iOS 7 will now keep the most frequently used apps up to date. Apps will also now get updated in the background. And just in our iOS 7 wish-list, the app switcher features a completely redesigned card-like interface complete with app previews. Another noteworthy thing is that multitasking won't affect battery life that much.

Mobile Safari

iOS 7 Safari

iOS 7 will feature a significantly updated Safari Browser, and it is now faster than ever before. Of course, it will have a new UI which goes along with the rest of iOS 7. Switching tabs is now more beautiful than ever, as they are now stacked vertically and in 3D, an absolute eye-candy. They even removed the silly 8-tab restriction in the browser. On top of that, other features include keychain syncing and the new "smart search".

Siri

iOS 7 Siri

Siri will now have a new voice, a new interface and faster search results. However, it will replace Google with Bing for its search engine. Siri will also have Twitter integration. In addition to Wolfram Alpha, Wikipedia will also be added to Siri's roster.

Camera, Photos

iOS 7 Camera Photos

With the popularity of Instagram, every other apps now are following suit, and Apple is no exception. The Camera app has a new mode called Square for Instagram shots. With the new Photos app, browsing your photos is easier than ever. Filters, you say? Well, you can now add filters on-the-fly with iOS 7's photos. Very neat as you won't have to install third-party apps if you are simply after the filters.

iMessage / FaceTime

With iOS 7, users will now be able to blacklist certain individuals from contacting them via  iMessages and FaceTime calls. This is definitely a good addition because of the abundance of spammy calls and messages as of late.

Other Noteworthy Features and Changes

iOS 7 Weather App

  • AirDrop will now be heading to the iOS but it will only support the following devices: iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad mini and iPod Touch 5G.
  • Wi-Fi Calling (FaceTime Audio) is now possible with iOS 7 which works quite similarly to third-party apps like Skype and Viber.
  • Weather app has been redesigned, and frankly it looks like the recently released Yahoo Weather app, minus the gorgeous wallpaper.
  • Auto App Updates will enable apps to update quietly in the background.
  • The new iOS in the Car function will be integrated into the car console. It will come with features like iOS Maps, music control, and all Eyes Free.
  • iTunes Radio will be Apple's answer to music streaming services such as Spotify.

iOS 7 Compatibility

iOS-7-compatibility

iOS 7 will be compatible with these following devices:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 4
  • iPad mini
  • Fifth-gen iPod touch.

iOS 7 Release Date

iOS 7 beta is now available for developers today. As for the official full official release, it is expected to be available this fall, most likely with the launch of a new iPhone.

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