Apple announced iOS 7 at WWDC today. iOS 7 redefines iOS and is the biggest change since the launch of the iPhone. Besides the new UI experience, it has several new features:

  • Camera - now you can add filters like Instagram
  • Photos - new views to organize Camera Roll into moments based on location
  • Photo Stream - now you can contribute pictures to public streams
  • Weather - new look that shows weathers for all location in a single view
  • Maps - now you can send directions from the Mac (OS X Maverick) to iOS
  • AppStore - added "Nearby" section to see popular apps in an area
  • Control center - pull up a menu from the bottom to access settings (added flashlight)
  • Music - cover flow is discontinued, now features a grid view of album art
  • iTunes Radio - Apple's take on Pandora and Spotify
  • Activation Lock - Lost iOS devices can only be activated with your Apple ID, even after a wipe
  • Multitasking - now you can see apps as cards (like BlackBerry and WebOS) and flick to close
  • Notification Center - now has tabs to separate "Today", "All" and "Missed" notifications
  • Siri - now supports more languages and has new sources like Wikipedia
  • AirDrop - now share with nearby devices over Wifi (Apple's answer to bump)
  • iCloud Keychain - cloud based password management system synced across all devices
  • Call and Message blocking - block calls and messages from selected senders
  • Siri in the car - Siri access in your car, coming soon in 2014 vehicles
These are main features to iOS 7 besides the completely redesigned look across the whole operating system. iOS 7 launches in beta today (only for developers), with final release scheduled for fall. iOS 7 will run on iPhone 4, 4S and 5 (some features like AirDrop only work on iPhone 5). It will also run on the iPad 2+ and 5th gen iPod touch.

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