At today’s iPhone event, Apple announced that iOS 7 — the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone — will be released publicly on September 18th for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Apple gave us a preview of iOS 7 at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2013 Keynote on June 10th, and also seeded a beta version of the OS to registered developers.
iOS 7 has over 200 new features, but isn’t just a user-facing redesign of the entire operating system. It has a lot of under-the-hood changes as well. Here are the main features:
- Redesigned Lock screen
- All-new Control Center
- Redesigned Home screen and apps
- Improved Notification Center
- All-new Camera app
- Smarter Multitasking
- AirDrop for iOS
- Find my iPhone with Activation Lock
- Improved Safari
- Redesigned Music app and iTunes Radio
- New Photos app
- Siri improvements
- New features for business users
Note that not all these features would be available on older devices, here’s a list of which features your old device won’t get.
Apart from these features, iOS 7 has over 1500 new APIs for developers including UIDynamics, iBeacons, Sprite Kit, support for third-party game controllers and a lot more.
You can know more about iOS 7 on our iOS 7 category page.
The following devices are compatible with iOS 7:
- iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4
- iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini
- iPod touch 5G