iOS7: New and “Borrowed” Features

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On Monday afternoon, Apple held its annual World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco. Throughout the keynote presentation, Apple unveiled new products as well as iOS 7.

The new iOS update is the largest update that the iPhone has ever gone through according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. He said Apple completely redesigned the software from the ground up.

Despite this complete design overhaul, Apple’s new update shares features already seen on other smart phones on the market.

New Apple iOS 7 features are displayed on screen during Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco

The first thing users will notice when they start iOS 7 is the flat, colorful design that is reminiscent of Windows Phones like the Nokia Lumia 920. Apple chose a design that abandons the skeuomorphic designs that mimic each app’s analog counterparts.

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Apple also introduced some new features that are similar to other phones running Android or Windows. The new OS includes automatically updating apps, the control center, and an update to the notifications center.

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The Control Center is a multi-tasking hub where users can control their music and adjust other settings such as Bluetooth. Android has similar features that have been popular since their initial release on the platform.

Additionally, Apple revamped the iOS notifications center in an effort to make it less cumbersome. Now, users can access it from the lock screen and the update offers a cleaner design that is easier to manage and navigate. Like the control center, the notification center in iOS 7 shares many functions and design choices with the Android phones.

Not all of Apple’s new features have counterparts on Android and Windows Phones. Apple also introduced AirDrop to iOS which provides users with an easy method for exchange documents across Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Apple also introduced “Activation Lock,” a new security features that will help to discourage theft. Activation Lock allows users who have lost their phone to remotely lock it and disable the ability to restore or wipe the phone so that it can be resold.
These are not the only new features that Apple will release with iOS 7 this fall. The new update is loaded with other features, some of which work more closely with the companies computers running Mac OSX which also receives an update in the fall.

Which iOS7 features are you most excited about?

Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Reuters.

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2 thoughts on “iOS7: New and “Borrowed” Features

  1. Doug Asker

    I have been evaluating iOS7 on my iPhone 5 for the last day or two. Being honest I fell just a little tepid regarding the whole experience. After years of design advancement exactly why have Apple made the decision to make their OS appear to be a poor cousin of Microsoft’s Windows 8. On the other side it seems to have borrowed heavily from Android. Now you can swipe up to turn on/off WIFI, blue tooth, much like Android.In conclusion I like: Newsstand, the built-in torch, screen transition, new compass interface and mail interface.

    I don’t like: no mass delete feature in the mail application, it’s still message by message deletion. The pseudo windows interface and menu movement. The settings menu is a bit of a waste land of white space. Just like an aging husband and wife I am finding more faults with it as time passes but I grow to love it the more time I spend with it.

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