Tuesday June 11,2013 : APPLE'S iOS 7 HAS LANDED
Big improvements in smart phone performance
The sizeable proportion of mobile gamblers who use Apple smartphones and tablets to play will be interested in the platform improvements on iOS 7, announced Monday by company executives at the Worldwide Developers Conference.
The numerous critiques laud a dramatic new design that sheds six-year-old interface elements, and replaces them with a cleaner, more modern aesthetic. From top to bottom, the OS that powers the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch has been renovated for both looks and usability, according to the pundits.
"It's the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone," Apple CEO Tim Cook said during Monday's conference keynote address.
The entirety of the OS and the stock apps have been redesigned with a new, dramatically different look that's flatter than before, and the typography and icons have all been revamped.
"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," reported one reviewer.
A new approach to multitasking shows large previews of running apps that user can flip through. And a new panel, which the user drags up from the bottom of the phone's screen, reveals access to a variety of quick controls for toggling settings.
Apple senior vice president Craig Federighi showed off redesigned apps including Weather, Calendar and Mail, Messages and even Phone, revealing that Game Center has lost its green felt, and the wood shelf finish is gone from iBooks. Apps like Stocks and Compass have a new look with "precision and a sense of purpose," Federighi said.
"Installing iOS 7 on your phone is like getting an entirely new phone, but one that you already know how to use," Federighi said.
The new Weather app uses animated backgrounds that reflect the current weather conditions, and users can tap into the forecasts for more details than before.
The updated Calendar app also looks very different, with some new design elements and a fresh gesture that lets users swipe from the left edge of the screen to go back one level in Messages and Mail.
Notification Center scores a new look too, along with tabs that filter notifications for "today," "all," and missed. And Notification Center is now available from the lock screen. Folders on iOS can now contain multiple screens' worth of apps.
In all, ten new features were launched Monday – see a full description here:
However, Apple only previewed ten of iOS 7's new features, and more are coming when the update is released in autumn.