Apple recently unveiled iOS 7 – the seventh
iteration of its mobile OS for iPhones, iPads
and iPods. Here’s everything you need to
know about iOS 7, including iOS 7 release
date in the UK, iOS 7 features, and how to get
iOS 7.
iOS 7: Release date
You can download the beta of iOS 7 right
now… but only if you are a member of
Apple’s iOS Developer Program. For most
people the release date will be Autumn 2013
when Apple will release at least one new
iPhone – the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 – and
possibly a new iPad. At that stage existing
iPhone and iPad owners will be able to
upgrade their devices as a free update over
the air.
Our best guess? You’ll get iOS 7 in September
2013. Not long to wait now.
How to get iOS 7
Right now only developers can install the iOS
7 beta. You can read how to join up and
install iOS 7 in our story: How to download
iOS 7 . In essence you are required to become
a software developer, join Apple’s Developer
Program, then download the current beta
version of iOS 7 from its website.
Membership is £60 per year, and note that
you will need to sign a non-disclosure
agreement. This means you cannot discuss any
pre-release software with anyone outside
Apple not already enrolled in the same
developer program.
For ordinary mortals, iOS 7 will appear as a
software update via iTunes once it is released.
You simply have to decide when to upgrade,
and whether you want to upgrade over the air
or download on a laptop or PC and then sync.
As ever, Apple will gently nudge you.
Will I be able to upgrade my iPhone to iOS
For this I will place you in the hands of the
experts at . David Price ,
online editor of Macworld, says: “Apple has
said that iOS 7 will be compatible with the
iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5. If
the iPhone 6 launches before iOS 7, we can
safely assume that it will be compatible with
iOS 7 too.” You can read more here: Will I be
able to update to iOS 7 on my iPhone?
So iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3 users are out of
My colleague Chris Martin will now outline
the new features in iOS 7 and in what
languages iOS 7 will be available:
iOS 7: New features
Before we start listing the new features, we
should point out that iOS 7 is a big redesign.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president
of Software Engineering has called it: “the
most significant iOS update since the original
Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of
Design, said: “True simplicity is derived from
so much more than just the absence of clutter
and ornamentation—it’s about bringing order
to complexity. iOS 7 is a clear representation
of these goals. It has a whole new structure
that is coherent and applied across the entire
system.” See also : New Apple Mac Pro 2013
release date, specs and price in UK .
iOS 7: Control Center
You’ll be pleased to hear that the Control
Center gives you easy access to key settings.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and
you can control Wi-Fi Airplane Mode,
Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, screen brightness
and music playback. There’s also instant
access to apps including Clock, Camera,
Calculator and Flashlight.
This is shown in the main image above on the
far right.
iOS 7: Notification Center
In iOS 7, the Notification Center is available
from the Lock screen. A new ‘Today’ feature
gives you a summary of your day including
weather, traffic and meetings.
iOS 7: Multitasking
Apple has said multitasking has been
improved with a more intuitive and visual way
of switching between apps. iOS 7 will know
which apps you use the most in order to keep
them up to date, plus an API will allow
developers to keep apps multitasking and
updating in the background.
iOS 7: AirDrop
If you want to share something with someone
near to you then AirDrop is how you will do it
on iOS 7. The app will show you who is close
by so you can share with them peer-to-peer,
fully encrypted. Apple says it doesn’t require
any network or setup.
iOS 7: Camera
The iOS 7 Camera app allows you to use filters
in real-time like many third party camera apps
out there. A square camera option allows you
to quickly switch between photo, video,
square and panorama modes with a swipe.
Think of it like having multiple desktops in OS
iOS 7: Photos
The redesigned Photos app in iOS 7 introduces
something called ‘Moments’. It’s a new way to
organise your photos and videos based on
time and location. Zooming out shows all the
photos organized by Moments, collections of
Moments and years.
iCloud Photo Sharing means friends and
family can contribute their own photos and
video into your shared photo streams. A new
Activity view shows updates for all your
shared streams together.
iOS 7: Safari
Safari has a redesigned which lets you see
more content thanks to a full-screen browsing
mode. Apple said: “The new smart search field
helps simplify searching, and there’s a new
view for your bookmarks and your Safari
iCloud Keychain stores all your passwords and
credit card details securely and enhanced
Parental Controls mean you can automatically
block adult websites or allow access to a
specified list of sites.
iOS 7: Siri
New female and male voices apparently make
Siri sound better. The iOS 7 assistant has
added support for Twitter, Wikipedia and
Bing. It also has the ability to change device
settings and play voicemails back.
iOS 7: iTunes Radio
In a rival bid to services like Spotify, iTunes
Radio is describes by Apple as “a free Internet
radio service based on the music you listen to
on iTunes”. It’s part of the new Music app and
features more than 200 stations including
Features Stations curated by Apple and genre-
specific stations.
Apple said: “iTunes Radio evolves based on the
music you play and download. The more you
use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it
knows what you like to listen to and the more
personalized your experience becomes.”
iTunes Radio will also include Siri integration,
the ability to purchase any music your
listening to with one click and ‘first listen’
premieres of top selling artists.
iOS 7: App Store
A new feature in the App Store called ‘Popular
Apps Near Me’ does exactly what you would
expect. It shows you apps based on your
location as new method of discovery. There’s
also a new Kids category so you can find apps
aimed at children easier.
iOS 7: Other features
• A new Find My iPhone Activation Lock
feature that requires your Apple ID and
password before you can turn off Find My
iPhone, erase data or re-activate a device
after it’s been remotely erased;
• Night Mode in Maps that responds to
ambient light when you use it in the dark;
• FaceTime® audio for high quality calls
over a data network;
• Notification sync, so when you dismiss a
notification on one device it is dismissed on
all of your devices;
• Phone, FaceTime and Messages blocking to
prevent specific people from being able to
contact you;
• Tencent Weibo support for users in China,
a Chinese-English bilingual dictionary, and
improved Chinese input including handwriting
recognition for multiple Chinese characters;
• The ability for businesses to more
efficiently deploy and manage iPhones and
iPads; and
• Enhanced in-car integration, bringing an
Apple designed experience into the car for the
first time.
iOS 7: Languages
Apple has said that US English, French and
German will be the available languages at the
launch of iOS 7. Additional languages will be
added over time, the firm said.
iOS 7: Device list
You probably want to know whether you’re
going to be able to get iOS 7. Well if you have
an iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad
mini or iPod touch (fifth generation) then
you’re in luck. As usual Apple warns that
“features may not be available on all