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Apple's iOS 7 Mobile Operating System

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by Aaron (subscribe)
I like to be opinionated sometimes & express my views and can be highly judgemental when I want to be..
Published October 1st 2013
Apple's mobile operating system that's known today as iOS has been around for many years now, dating as far back as 2007 when it was first shown to the world and originally was only for the iPhone & shortly after, the iPod Touch.

It's a very unique mobile operating system since it was the world's first multi-touch driven OS that was state of the art and a huge risk taker for Apple when it first came out. It's a huge gamble to tap into new technology and to change the operating system to the point where it actually feels like something new and yet, feel familiar at the same time which is exactly what iOS 7 is...

Unlike with the android operating system that Google provides, customisation options for iOS are much more limited. This is both a good and bad thing since it means you can't change the theme of the phone and things alike, but it also means that the interface doesn't have to be complicated to be able to cope with the extra options given to you which android can be bound to have.

iOS has improved/changed over time since the beginning but the core theme has stayed exactly the same and started feeling stale. iOS 7 came to the rescue and changed this! With more advanced visuals like having elements on the screen appear to be "layered" with something like notifications/control centre being a transparent drop down sheet that also blurs things underneath it. I personally love it since it looks so much nicer than the way it was before and looks very pretty.

Another noticeable difference is the removal of the skeuomorphic theme that was around ever since day 1 right up till iOS 6 when Jonathan Ive took over design. As it's replacement, everything has a flatter, simpler look and the UI of Apple's apps don't all represent their real-life counter parts like they once did (e.g. the note pad theme for notes, the bookshelf theme for NewsStand etc).

Other than visual face lifts, the operating system is much better in performing certain tasks such as multitasking. It was something that was first introduced in iOS 4 but felt some what clunky compared to multi tasking that's available on other mobile platforms & Apple's own desktop operating system OS X. At last multi tasking in iOS gives you a preview of your open apps and gives apps better background processes ability (unlike with android iOS limits background processes for optimal battery life but still allows the sense of doing multiple things at once on a hand-held mobile device). It also allows you to close multiple programs at once and is an out right pleasure to use on the iPad due to the extra screen real estate.

Other things like support for up coming game controller accessories, short cut controls like control centre that allow you to do a swipe from the bottom of the screen to have quick access to wifi toggle, volume, brightness, flash light, calculator, alarm and more are a very welcomed feature which I wish could have been introduced earlier. Only thing to be aware of is that the gesture required to bring up control centre doesn't always work well, especially when the keyboard is on screen and it can be turned off if it gets in the way (such as if your playing games like fruit ninja and your swiping all over the place). Apple also added in new sounds which include nicer ringtones/message tones to match the radically changed user interface...

Only downsides to iOS 7 that I've seen so far is app compatibility. Some apps operate strangely until they get updated support and some don't work at all. I'd recommend anybody who hasn't upgraded to get it on their device (unless an app you use regularly hasn't been updated for it yet) & it works on the iPhone 4 , the iPad 2 , the iPad mini and the 5th gen iPod Touch...
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