iOS 7

22 iOS 7 Changes Not Mentioned by Apple

Keynote presentations have a time limit, and it's a good thing because discussing 1500 new iOS 7 APIs could get tiring. iPhone owners are now used to hundreds of improvements and new features added in every major iOS release, and iOS 7 is no different. Not only has the entire interface been redesigned, but as developers test the beta release changes that Apple didn't have time to mention are discovered.

iOS 7 home screen

Towards the end of the WWDC presentation Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, quickly mentioned a few iOS 7 features in passing. FaceTime audio calling, notification sync across devices, per app VPN and message/call blocking to name a few. He went into a bit more detail when describing activation lock, which makes it harder for thieves to use stolen iOS devices.

Can I install iOS 7 on my iPhone / iPad / iPod touch?

You may be wondering if your iOS device will support iOS 7. Apple typically limits new releases of their mobile operating system to hardware that can run the firmware smoothly. Some features might be limited even if your device does run iOS 7.

For those asking, "What devices will support iOS 7?" here's a complete list of supported devices:

iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5

iPad 2
iPad 3
iPad 4

iPad mini

iPod touch 5G


When is the iOS 7 release date?

UPDATE: iOS 7 release date confirmed as September 18, 2013.

Apple announced that iOS 7 is the most fundamental change in its mobile operating system since the first iPhone hit shelves in 2007. Completely redesigned, iOS 7 also includes 10 major new features and 1500 new APIs for developers.

The first developer beta is available on June 10, 2013.

iOS 7 will be released for the general public in Fall 2013.


Moscone West Gets iOS 7 Treatment for WWDC

Apple continues its preparations for Monday's keynote presentation at WWDC 2013 in San Francisco. Thanks to 9to5Mac, the sparse and clean-looking design of the official iOS 7 logo has been revealed. Banners hanging at Moscone West ahead of the conference show a thin, multicolored number seven on top of a white textured background.

iOS 7 logo new design

The WWDC slogan this year is “Where a whole new world is developing". Apple fans are expecting a completely redesigned iOS interface, departing from the skeuomorphism that iPhone users have become used to seeing on their devices. iOS 7 will reportedly look flat, have more monochrome coloring, and depart completely from previous versions with a new layout and better functionality.


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