iOS 7 and iPad: Features, Compatibility & Details

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iOS 7 Unveil

Apple announced iOS 7 yesterday at their WWDC 2013 keynote event. iOS 7 is the next major generation of the operating system that powers the iPad  and iPhone, and it offers some impressive new features.

Here are some of the important details you may want to know about iOS 7 and the iPad:

— Notable new features in iOS 7 include:

Multitasking (the ability to continue running in the background) for all apps – with some intelligent scheduling in the mix as well.

Control Center: A new method providing quick access to controls for some common services (eg toggle WiFi on and off, set Airplane mode, adjust brightness) with just a quick swipe up on a home screen or the lock screen.

Improvements to Notification Center: A new Today section provides useful information on birthdays,weather, traffic and more.

Photos App Changes: The app now automatically creates Collections and Moments based on the time when photos were taken and the locations they were taken in, which is touted as being a step up in terms of organizing our photos on iOS.

New Features for Camera: Including a nice looking set of new easy to apply filters.

AirDrop: A brand new feature that makes it easy to share photos, videos, documents and anything from any app with a Share button to nearby friends wirelessly. As Apple noted cheekily at the keynote event, all this without having to ‘bump phones’.

Improvements to Safari and Siri: Safari adds a new smart search, unlimited tabs, a much nicer tbs view, and iCloud Keychain which can remember your passwords, account names, and credit card numbers to help make web surfing safer. Siri has new male and female voices, support for two new languages, Wikipedia and Twitter integration, and the ability to respond to a wider variety of prompts.

iTunes Radio: The much anticipated new radio service extension to iTunes. It’s built into the Music app and sounds very similar in feature set to services like Pandora, Spotify and others. It is free and ad-supported. For iTunes Match subscribers it is free and ad-free.

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Compatibility: iOS 7 will be compatible with the iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, and iPad mini. Apple notes that not all iOS 7 features will be available on all devices.

iOS 7 will be released to the public ‘this fall’ – as usual Apple have not been more specific on the launch timeframe. A first beta version of iOS 7 was released for registered Apple developers, but for the iPhone only.


Patrick Jordan

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