CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple is scheduled to release its new iOS 7 mobile operating system Wednesday, featuring a completely redesigned user interface for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
According to the company, iOS 7 has hundreds of new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved multi-tasking, AirDrop, enhanced photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service .
In addition, Apple said iOS 7 has been engineered with deep technical and design integration with the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
"iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device, but one that will still be instantly familiar to our users," said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. "Next month we’ll be shipping our 700 millionth iOS device, and we’re excited about what our hundreds of thousands of iOS developers are doing to bring great new features to their apps."
Apple said it engineered iOS 7 to take full advantage of the advanced 64-bit technologies in iPhone 5s, including the native 64-bit kernel, libraries and drivers. All the built-in apps have been re-engineered for 64-bit.
The company indicated that iOS 7 also provides deep integration with the new Touch ID sensor and takes full advantage of the new iSight camera sensor to enable new features like automatic image stabilization, burst mode and slo-mo video with 120 fps. Combined with the new camera app in iOS 7, iPhone 5s provides up to two-times faster auto-focus, faster photo capture and better dynamic range. iOS 7 is also designed to complement the exteriors of iPhone 5c, with matching wallpapers and translucency that carry the color through the entire experience.
Additional new iOS 7 features include a new Find My iPhone activation lock, that requires an Apple ID and password before it can turn off Find My iPhone, erase data or re-activate a device after it’s been remotely erased; FaceTime audio for high quality calls over a data network; and new ringtones, alarms, alerts and system sounds.
iOS 7 will be available as a free software update.
For more on the features watch the Apple video below (mobile users: http://bit.ly/1aKMBk6):