Been an iPhone or iPad user for awhile. Has the device started to feel stale? That’ll change this fall when a new version of iOS is pushed out to Apple gadget owners. iOS is the operating system that runs your Apple gadgets and it’s about to get what one Apple exec calls “the biggest change … since the introduction of the iPhone.”
Control Center New in iOS 7 is a Control Center. It’s an area that can be activated from within any app that brings control to Wi-Fi, brightness and other frequently accessed settings. From Control Center you can access a flashlight, start a song, toggle AirPlay and more.
Multitasking iOS 7 will bring better multitasking and background processing to all apps. It will monitor which apps you use frequently to help determine which ones need more full-functioning multitasking. When apps send push notifications, for instance, the phone will know to start to give that app background processing so that it will work more quickly and intuitively.
Safari The Safari web browser for iOS 7 has a new look and feel, including a new tabbed view.
AirDrop AirDrop will let users share photos or files with other iOS users who are nearby.
Photos and Camera The Camera and Photo apps received a major overhaul. Not only is it easier to manage large numbers of photographs, users can now create Shared Photostreams — group albums — that other users can post into and share with others.
Siri Siri has a new look AND a new voice. Users can choose between male and female voices for Siri. Siri is also getting smarter, it will now pull in data from Twitter, Wikipedia and Bing.
iOS in the Car Apple is going to bring iOS to the dashboard of your car. Support for iOS in the car will be coming to Honda, Mercedes, Nissan, Chevy, Kia, Volvo, Acura and others.
New App Store The App Store has a new design and will show apps that are popular nearby, as well as apps popular with your friends. The best part? Your apps now update automatically.
Music and iTunes Radio The Music app gets the same visual overhaul as the rest of the system but the big feature with music and iOS 7 is iTunes Radio. Think of it as a hybrid between Pandora and Songza, built-into iOS.