Apple Monday revealed the next version of its mobile software iOS 7, and it’s the makeover of makeovers. Think a “Pretty Woman”-size makeover.
Let’s talk about design. Whether you were getting sick of the look of Apple’s iOS, you can still appreciate the new look and feel of the software. Gone are the textures, gone are the patterned backgrounds, gone is the notepad-looking Notes app. They have been replaced with cleaner design elements, including lots of white space… and brighter colors.
But while the house might have gotten a new shade of paint and all new furniture, the layout is still familiar. You still get the familiar grid of icons, pull-down notification tray and more. There are a slew of new features, including one that will save you a lot of time digging through the settings menu. Swipe up from the bottom of the phone and you will now see a new set of easy-access controls. You can easily access your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Airplane mode toggles and adjust the brightness and volume. You can also turn on Apple’s new built-in flashlight (bye-bye flashlight apps!) and control your music.
Not to mention…Siri! Siri has matured with a new voice and a new brain. Siri now has male and female voices and, according to Apple, will be faster at answering questions. It also can find full results from Bing, Wikipedia and Twitter.
So yeah, it’s awesome. Go figure.