Apple unveiled Monday iOS 7, an iOS update featuring a new user interface. It is completely redesigned with new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, and Siri.
It introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes.
“iOS 7 is the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“To create it, we brought together a team with a broad range of expertise from design to engineering. With what we’ve been able to achieve together, we see iOS 7 as an exciting new beginning.”
With over 900,000 apps, the App Store is claimed to be the world’s largest app marketplace. iOS 7 now features Popular Apps Near Me, a new way to find apps based on your current location, and iOS 7 will automatically keep your apps up to date.
The App Store also comes with a new Kids category, allowing teachers and parents to easily discover apps for children by age.
The iOS 7 beta software and SDK are available now for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 7 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation) this fall. Some features may not be available on all products, says the company.