Apple, iOS 7 and WWDC: 7 articles for you to read
Apple CEO Tim Cook touted iOS 7 as “the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.” And it’s true. All the icons are still there in the familiar grid, but all the felt and wood-grain design elements have been taken out to pasture. Everything looks far more modern than it did before, and it’s all presented in a flatter, more layered interface.
It’ll be interesting to see how the general public responds to the new design. It looks a lot slicker, but some may find it less homey than previous versions.
Some of the new features include:
- There’s a parallax effect for 3-D-like motion for home-screen images. Basically, your background photo responds to the angle at which your phone is being held to make it seem like your icons are floating above the picture.
Control Center gives you quick access to common settings (sound, brightness, connectivity options) by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
- Multitasking has been expanded as well to include all apps instead of select ones like music apps or apps like Skype.
- AirDrop lets you quickly share photos with your friends around you wirelessly. Taking a dig at Samsung’s marketing efforts, Federighi added, “No need to wander around the room bumping your phone.”
- The revamped Photos app organizes your photos by location and date. Apple calls the feature Moments.
Siri has been overhauled with a less-robotic female voice and the addition of a male voice.
- “iOS in the car” is a new initiative involving several major car companies in which they’ll build the ability to turn your car’s information screen into a stripped-down version of iOS, with access to Maps, messaging and voice-activated controls. Look for it in cars starting in 2014.
- The App Store will finally allow you to let your apps automatically update themselves.
- The long-rumored iTunes Radio feature has been realized. It functions very similarly to Pandora, letting you play custom Web radio stations based on particular artists. Songs can be purchased in iTunes or shared with friends; the service is free but ad-supported. If you’re an iTunes Match subscriber, the service contains no ads.
- Activation lock makes it so your phone can’t be used if it gets stolen, even if the thief wipes everything first.
- Apple Inc. (AAPL): No Surprises At WWDC, According To Analysts (valuewalk.com)
- 8 Apps Apple Killed Today At WWDC (cultofmac.com)
- iOS 7 vs iOS 6 – Side By Side Visual Comparison [IMAGES] (redmondpie.com)
- iTunes Radio will only be available in the U.S. at launch (thedroidguy.com)
- Apple Unveils iOS 7, ‘Biggest Change Since the Original iPhone’ (mashable.com)
- iOS 7 specs versus Android 4.2, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 (reviews.cnet.com)
It has been one of those weeks where I have not had time to sit down and think about the various news announcements from Apple’a annual World Wide Developer Conference. However, I have come across some really great articles that are worth reading and sharing. Here are some of my picks.
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