Apple calls iOS 7 the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone and with a completely new look that adapts to your background, offers faster control of settings and 50 iOS 7 features you’ll actually use — there’s a good reason to make a fuss over iOS 7.
The iOS 7 release date is set for this fall, but Apple already pushed the iOS 7 beta out to developers, and to eager users willing to pay $8, which means we can show you what iOS 7 looks like, our favorite iOS 7 features so far and what you can expect when the iOS 7 update arrives on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
The first thing that users will notice is the new look for iOS, which actually does feel like using a new phone. The iOS 7 beta shows what iOS 7 will look like this fall, but we can expect some speed improvements and small changes as Apple progresses through a collection of betas.
iOS 7 Hands On Video
The six-minute iOS 7 hands on video shows what iOS 7 looks like, many of the new iOS 7 features including enhancements to Siri, the Control Center, iTunes Radio and much more.
Not mentioned in the video is the new iOS 7 multitasking, which lets users see full size previews of apps, and swipe to dismiss. Multitasking in iOS 7 now works in landscape mode as well.
The Control Center is a great feature that lets users toggle common iPhone settings, control music, turn on a flashlight and launch the camera from any where in iOS 7.
Siri will soon come with voice options, including a new female voice and a male voice option. Siri can change iPhone settings like Brightness and system toggles and now searches Bing and Wikipedia. Siri can also control iTunes Radio with your voice.
iOS 7 brings new sharing features like AirDrop as well as Flickr and Vimeo integration, all of which make sharing a photo, video or file with someone much easier. AirDrop will send a file directly to a nearby iPhone. Photo Streams also support video sharing.
The new Photos app includes a view that shows moments, grouped around locations that make it easy to see your trips and photos taken while out with friends. The app then lets users quickly share all photos that are part of a moment, making it easy to bring all of you photos and friend’s photos into a Photo Stream.
There are many other iOS 7 features which adventurous users can try out by downloading the iOS 7 beta and registering as a developer, or paying a third-party to register as a developer.
Stay tuned for more iOS 7 videos, feature highlights and coverage.