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Apple iOS 7's Best Features

At WWDC 2013 on Monday, Apple announced iOS 7 for the iPhone and iPad. Check out the new mobile platform's advantages.

Car Integration

Apple showed off new integration between the iPhone and in-care infotainment systems. Beginning with 2014 model-year vehicles, iOS 7 will be able to fully connect with cars. Apple demonstrated how it would look to use iOS through a car's screen to make phone calls, play music or navigate via maps. At least a dozen car makers pledged support for the feature, including Chevy, Jaguar, Mercedes, Tesla, Ferrari and others.

Siri

Siri will be able to do a lot more than before, thanks to new integration with Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia. Siri is better at understanding natural language requests, and can interact with more applications on the iPhone or iPad. For example, users can request that Siri play back voicemails or read SMS messages. Siri also gets a new voice, both male and female, with support for both in French and German.

Safari

Apple's mobile browser sees a wide number of changes, many of which reflect changes being made in Apple's OS X Mavericks desktop operating system. The browser is much faster at rendering Java, and has a new look that lets people see more of the content on Web pages. It supports better keychain access for storing passwords and credit card information across devices, as well as better parental controls for managing content. Last, it has a new user interface for interacting with multiple tabs. It supports more than eight open tabs at a time, and lets users reorder and close tabs with the flick of a finger.

Music and iTunes Radio

Apple updated not only the iTunes store, but the general appearance of the music player with iOS 7. It has a cleaner, simpler look, but still offers plenty of features. Perhaps the biggest new feature is support for iTunes Radio, a new streaming service that will allow iOS device owners to create and listen to radio stations based on artists, songs and so on. iTunes Radio is ad free to subscribers of iTunes Match, but shows ads for those who don't. Apple has created hundreds of its own radio stations, but also lets users share their own.

iOS 7 will be made available to registered iOS developers later Monday. The full operating system won't be available to consumers until the fall, probably closer to when Apple launches the next version of the iPhone. Apple typically offers a new iOS beta every few weeks leading up to the final release.

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Aden11
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Aden11,
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6/11/2013 | 1:47:06 PM
re: Apple iOS 7's Best Features
I am more interested in iRadio, because I am already iTunes Match subscriber. Mission Control is a good add but overall I am not sure if I like the flat concept. I like the current icons but I must agree excess use of skeuomorphic concept is little cheesy. Multitasking is much much better. The integration of Bing with Siri is interesting. Looks like Apple and MS are forming an alliance against Google, which is not bad at all for the competition. It would be interesting to see the final product.
Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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6/11/2013 | 12:42:05 PM
re: Apple iOS 7's Best Features
iTunes radio, a more modern look, and the in-car connections (and the fact they already have automobile manufacturers signed on) especially makes this new operating system very attractive, even to those of us (me, included) who use Android (though, for everything else, I prefer Apple).
Xennex
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Xennex,
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6/11/2013 | 4:05:38 AM
re: Apple iOS 7's Best Features
If they allowed changing the font size for all OS related text (e.g. settings, text under icons, message box, etc.) I think they could stem some of the user base loss due to older people having difficulty reading the relatively smaller text compared with other smartphone devices (e.g. Android, Windows). I know a quite a few individuals that switched from iPhone with that as a major complaint.
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