LOS ANGELES -- Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS7, will soon be getting a much needed facelift.
Since its release in 2007, the iPhone user interface has remained mainly the same. But, at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) Apple gave attendees a preview demo of the update soon to come.
Every year app developers from around the world come to WWDC to check out what’s next. This year’s conference was packed with nearly 6,000 developers in attendance, all hopeful for a glimpse at the new features of iOS 7.
Apple didn’t disappoint, showing off 10 major new features.
The new operating system has a completely updated look with a simpler design and easy access to common settings.
“These are features we should’ve had a long time ago,” said Harleen Serai, Senior Software Engineer at Glassdoor.com.
Apple is also organizing our photo collection with smart albums that sorts pictures by place, time and events.
“I don’t spend the time to organize them, so it’s nice it’s going to capture that for me automatically,” said Amy De Angelis, one of the developers at the conference.
Also new to mobile, Apple Airdrop for iOS 7 makes it easy to exchange photos, videos and documents with nearby iPhones just by tapping the “Share” button.
Siri also gets an update. The personal voice assistant can now play your last voicemail or make system changes like increasing your screen brightness.
Apple’s streaming radio service called iTunes Radio is also set to launch later this year. Like Pandora, it will launch as free service with ads, but with an option to go ad-less for a $25-a-year upgrade to iTunes Match.
“Pretty much everything on our wish list was granted today,” said Chad Zeluff of Orahealth.
The new security system makes it harder for people to use stolen iPhones. If an iPhone is reported missing, it can’t be activated–even if it’s been reset.
iOS 7 will be available as a free update later this fall, compatible with newer mobile devices like iPhone 4 and up, the iPad with Retina display, and 5th generation iPod touch models.