By Alex Vejar, CSUN Daily Sundial
Now that the new iPhones 5S and 5C have been released, it’s time to talk about the operating system which comes installed out-of-the-box.
iOS 7, which debuted two days before the latest Apple devices hit stores, boasts many improvements to the previous operating system, iOS 6.
First, the look of the OS is completely overhauled. Icons are flatter, colors more vibrant, and many apps have changed face, which could cause some early-adopters to search in vain for their Photos, Game Center or Newsstand apps. Other app icons look fairly similar to their iOS 6 counterparts and will be easier to find.
Another major update is Siri, which can now understand and execute more commands such as checking the score of a sports game, searching the web for photos of a particular subject, and more. Apple’s personal assistant also includes a new male voice, which can be toggled through the phone’s settings.
While iOS 7 brings other major updates to native apps such as Messages, Voice Memos, Phone, Calendar, Camera, Safari and others, it also is introducing new features.
Apple is debuting Control Center, which can be accessed by swiping upwards from just above the home button. Here, users will find icons for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Camera, Calendar, Calculator, Airplane Mode, and the native flashlight, which is another new addition. Gone are the cumbersome days of having to go through the device’s Settings app to locate these heavily used functions.
The Notification Center is also receiving a new view called Today. The feature gives a summary of the weather, calendar, the day’s stocks, and any reminders that the user has set. Viewing other notifications can be accessed by selecting the ‘All’ option, which is right next to the ‘Today’ and ‘Missed’ options.
Not all iDevices are eligible for this new operating system. The iPhone 5S, 5C and 5 all have full iOS 7 functionality, as well as the third generation, fourth generation and mini iPads. Older devices, like the iPhone 4 or iPad 2, will be shorted certain features, such as the camera’s new features or Airdrop, which allows users to send files over the air to other nearby devices.
iOS can be downloaded by going to the iPhone or iPad’s settings, choosing Software Update, and following the steps. The OS will need a minimum of three gigabytes of space to download and install.
The latest iPhones come with iOS version 7.0.1. All other devices that upgrade to the new OS will receive version 7.0.