New Platform Improvements on Apple’s iOS 7

The smartphone experience on iOS 7 just got better, announced Apple this week at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

The new features introduced include a dramatic new design and usability, and according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the OS that powers the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch has experienced

"the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone."

It has been specified that the entire OS and the stock apps have been redesigned with a new, flatter look and the revamped typography and icons.

One reviewer said: "There's a sense of planes of data: Translucent textures reveal what's in the background. Backgrounds change in a parallax effect when you move the phone: As you do so, things in the background move around behind frontmost elements. Animations receive an overhaul, too."

In regard to multitasking, there are new large previews of running apps that user can flip through. Users can also drag a new panel up from the bottom of the phone's screen to reveals access to a variety of quick controls for toggling settings.

Some of the redesigned apps include Weather, Calendar and Mail, Messages and even Phone, and Apple senior vice president Craig Federighi revealed that Game Center has lost its green felt, while there is no more wood shelf finish in iBooks. Also, apps like Stocks and Compass have a new look with "precision and a sense of purpose," he said, adding:

"Installing iOS 7 on your phone is like getting an entirely new phone, but one that you already know how to use."

New look has been given to Notification Center which is now available from the lock screen. It also features tabs that filter notifications for "today," "all," and missed, and folders on iOS can now contain multiple screens' worth of apps.

So far, Apple only previewed ten of iOS 7's new features, but it was announced that more are coming when the update is released in autumn.

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