During its iPhone event on Tuesday, Apple revealed not only the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, but also the final release date for its new iOS 7 operating system. The latest version of iOS was first revealed during WWDC 2013, and various beta releases have been sent to developers since then, and any bugs inside have been eliminated.
The software is now primed for its public launch, which will take place on September 18, just two days before the release of its new iPhone devices, both of which come with the software already installed.
Apple’s iOS 7 operating system has been given a complete visual overhaul, losing the shadows, 3D effects and all connection to real life objects in the process. The result is a flatter, more minimalist style with lots of white space, square buttons and solid colours. It’s going to be interesting to see how newcomers respond.
There are also many new features, including Control Center, which is accessed by swiping up on the screen and contains often used features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus a new multi-tasking system, a revised camera app, and an easy way to share files with friends called AirDrop.
To get iOS 7, you’ll first need a compatible device. The software can be installed on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, plus the fifth generation iPod Touch, and the iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4. Although you’ll be able to install it over the air on the device, it’s probably going to be a big file, so updating using iTunes may be the best idea this time around. Expect it late on September 18.