Written by Ronald Lye
Apple recently gave us a preview of what we can expect from the new iOS 7. Based on reactions from connected consumers, it hasn’t been as universally acclaimed and highly anticipated compared to previous versions. Initial reviews have been mixed, with praise and criticism dished out in equal measure. Now, let’s cut to the chase and let you know what we think.
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The first thing that strikes you about iOS 7 is the new look, a pretty radical change from iOS 6. It is colourful and playful, almost to the point of being kiddish, as if a rainbow is illuminating the interface. We’re not huge fans of the new look yet, perhaps we’re too used to the old style. Then again, radical changes often meet with resistance at first. We’ll make our final judgement about the new look when we get our hands on devices that support iOS 7.
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The Control Centre
The one new feature that really got us excited is the Control Centre, which allows users to gain quick access to toggle key settings like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airdrop, Airplay, Airplane mode, and commonly used apps like Music, Camera, and Flashlight. This feature, although not a novel idea, will greatly enhance the user experience and bring Apple back to parity with competitors who are utilising similar features.
The Music Player
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The folks at Apple reckon that the iOS 7 music player is the best one they’ve done so far. It allows the user to sync music stored on their iCloud, meaning that your entire music library will be available on your device. What an innovative feature! It manages to solve the prevalent problem faced by many users: the lack of storage space available for music, which meant that the iPhone was still lacking the capacity to be a dedicated music player for music buffs, until now.
The Photo Gallery
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The photo gallery has also received a significant upgrade. Photos will now be automatically arranged into groups based on the location and date, a feature dubbed ‘moments’ by the Apple folks. Zooming out will give a broad overview of the photo album, possibly eliciting feelings of nostalgia as you look back at the memories of the past year.
It’s still too early to pass definitive judgement on the iOS 7 yet. At the point of writing, only the first beta version has been released, hardly a good enough gauge. Nothing has been confirmed as yet, but the speculation is that it’ll be released in September 2013. From what we’ve seen so far, we’re certainly excited. Besides the interface, everything else seems meticulously designed to create an even more amazing user experience. Watch this space for more updates about the iOS 7, as we await its release with bated breath.
Speaking of which, the iOS 7 will only be available for more recent devices: the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, the iPad 2, iPad third and fourth generation, iPad mini, and iPod touch fifth generation. This is likely because of the new system’s more powerful needs, so if you’re using older Apple devices, it’s time for an upgrade.