DAILY DOT COM - Apple introduced the latest version of its iPhone operating system at around 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 18.
iOS 7 adds features and functionality and reinvents the six-year-old operating system's appearance.
For starters, the home screen has a more three dimensional look. When you move your phone the apps appear to float above the wallpaper. Speaking of effects --Apple has made some of its menus and tabs translucent, almost like a frosted sheet of glass. The most noticeable change is the more modern/digital appearance of the apps.
In terms of functionality, Apple tries to make it easier for its users to get to the control panel. iOS 7 puts one-click access to things like Airplane mode and WiFi/Bluetooth toggles just one swipe away, instead of hiding them away in settings.
Not to be left out, Siri's functionality has been expanded. It can now be used to search for Wikipedia and Twitter and now offers both male and female voices.
Safari has a new scrolling 3D interface, where you can have as many tabs open as you like. And forget the ‘X’ to close the tabs, just swipe to exit.
Apple's overhauled multitasking in iOS 7 also gives apps the ability to fully run in the background. That means apps like Twitter and Facebook will automatically update their feeds without you having to open the app. Keep in mind that may take a toll on your battery (the feature can be turned off).
Perhaps the most talked about change is the difference to the photo app. It now automatically arranges your pictures according to time and place. Plus there are nine built in filters, specifically designed for Instagram. These can be added before or after you snap the picture.
If you want to see everything that is new with the system, watch the iOS7 video.
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