By far, the biggest product announcement made during the WWDC keynote is iOS 7. Apple has completely redesigned it and added a bunch of useful features which we have summarized after the jump.
One of the longest and most heavily demanded features, iOS 7 will come with Control Center which allows you to quickly change settings like brightness, WiFi, Bluetooth, manage music playback, turn on LED flashlight etc. without ever delving deep down into Settings. It is invoked by swiping up from the bottom edge.
With iOS 7, Apple is bringing a more powerful multitasking experience. Besides the new webOS-like app switcher, all apps will now be able to run in the background, with their multitasking privileges based on how frequently you use them. So apps like Facebook, your favorite RSS reader, Tweetbot etc. will have more regular updates in the background compared to other apps that don’t get as much use. This way, you get true multitasking without battery drain.
In order to compete with Xbox Music and Google Play Music All Access, Apple has announced its own music streaming / discovery service. It is built-in to the stock Music app, is free to use (ad-supported), and will initially only be available in the US. Expect expansion to other countries in the future.
Latest iOS devices will be able to directly share things like photos, videos, links etc. with one another over a secure, peer-to-peer connection on the same wireless network.
Updated Apps: Camera, Photos, Safari, Find my iPhone, Siri
The camera app in iOS 7 comes with four different shooting modes – still, video, square (for social networks) and pano – along with a set of filters and basic image-editing tools.
Photos is the most impressive new app of the bunch. It completely changes the way photos are organized and viewed, as it intelligently groups photos from a single event and timeframe into “Moments” which together form “Collections”.
Safari gets a new content-oriented interface with UI elements that get out of you way until you scroll to reveal them. There’s also a new Chrome for iOS-like Tabs View and Unified Address + Search bar.
Find My iPhone will now work even if the thief wipes your phone as they won’t be able to activate it unless they know your iTunes username and password.
Siri is integrated with Wikipedia, Twitter and Bing, and comes with more commands for controlling system settings. You can now also switch between a male / female voice.
You can now have “FaceTime audio” calls with other iOS and OS X devices.
All stock apps along with the ones mentioned above have received a design overhaul.
iOS 7’s Notification Center is divided into three sections: today for displaying calendar events, reminders; missed shows text messages, calls and other forms of inward communication items you haven’t responded to yet; all shows every notifications. Notifications now sync across all your iOS and OS X devices so you don’t have to clear them one by one.
iOS 7 will be launched later this fall, presumably alongside the iPhone 5S. It will be free.
See the Introduction to iOS 7 video below:
For more details, visit the official iOS 7 website here.