iOS 7 gets major makeover

Apple revealed a fully redesigned iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developers Conference recently. The company also previewed its highly anticipated iTunes Radio service at the same event.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the revamp “the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.” The updated operating system includes multitasking capabilities for all applications and many design upgrades.

According to CNN, the revamped operating system displays more colours compared to its predecessor and its typeface was improved to facilitate reading. It also has a home button that shows all the applications presently running, a swipe-left gesture for easy switching between apps and a glossy Control Centre that lets users play music or change the phone settings.

Apple’s Safari browser has also been optimised, with a tab-swipe look that is similar to iTunes’ Cover Flow, while its camera has more picture options like special filters or panoramic setup. Photos can also be arranged by location and time into “moments” and “collections”.

A new feature called AirDrop will allow users to share content with other iOS 7 users with a single tap. The new iOS 7 is set to debut later this year.

Meanwhile, the iTunes Radio, a long-rumoured streaming music service for all iOS devices and other Apple products, has also been previewed. This service customises song suggestions according to user preference. The free service will have ads, while iTunes Match program subscribers won’t be bothered by these advertisements.

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