The same day Apple made its much expected announcement of an improved smartphone and a new line of less expensive smartphone for emerging markets, meaning with less cash in their pockets, Apple elves also announced a brand new operating system, dubbed iOS 7.
Apple executives announced that iOS 7 will be released to the public on September 18, two days before the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c are released.
The new software will support the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5; the 5th generation iPod touch, the iPad 2, iPad mini, and both retina iPads. It will be the end of the line for both the iPhone 3GS and the fourth-generation iPod touch. Unfortunately for these Apple gadgets, the cul-de-sac is the only way out. All devices will be receiving the update on the same day—Wednesday, September 18, 2013.
At the dog and pone show held at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California on September 10, 2013, an Apple official highlighted iOS 7’s major redesign and the numerous new features it includes. He touched on Control Center, a revamped Notification Center, AirDrop, iTunes Radio, and new multitasking capabilities.
“iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device, but one that will still be instantly familiar to our users,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Next month we’ll be shipping our 700 millionth iOS device, and we’re excited about what our hundreds of thousands of iOS developers are doing to bring great new features to their apps.”
Apple also announced that iOS 7 will support the new 64-bit technologies introduced with the iPhone 5s, with all built-in apps re-engineered for 64-bit and iOS 7 will support both 32-bit and 64-bit apps.
The OS has been built to complement both the iPhone 5c’s colors and the new internal capabilities of the iPhone 5s, including its Touch ID fingerprint sensor and camera features like automatic image stabilization, Burst Mode, and Slo-Mo 120 fps video.
I own a Retina Display Apple iPad, and am curious to explore the new features inside the new software ASAP. September 18th is right around the corner. Awesome! Can hardly wait. Good Day.