iPhone 5S

iOS 7 release expected on September 10

The latest version of Apple’s operating system could be presented on Tuesday, September 10 alongside the new iPhone 5S, according to an email sent to developers at software publishing firm Nuance and leaked to American tech website The Verge.

Apple first presented the latest version of its iOS last June at the start of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). After losing some of its technological edge over Google’s Android system in recent months, Apple focused on giving the new version of its iOS a streamlined interface and an enhanced feature-set. Apple’s Vice President of Design Jony Ive headed up the project.

A completely redesigned interface

The interface has been entirely revisited and presents an even cleaner feel, using transparency, overlay and 3D effects. It has also shed the element of “skeuomorphism” — the tendency to approximate the appearance of objects from real life — in the calendar and the notepad, for example. Two oft-criticized applications, Maps and Siri, have both been updated.

Among the defining features of iOS7 is a new control screen, which can be reached at any time to change the settings of the device without closing open apps. Multi-tasking will be possible with any combination of apps, as a simple swipe allows users to switch between them.

Unsurprisingly, a number of the new features in Apple’s latest OS are already present on Android. The multi-tasking features, easy access to settings, photo features and automatic updates for apps are all present on Google’s OS.

In terms of new features, iOS7 will provide iTunes Radio, a free service that allows users to create playlists based on a favorite genre or artist. The service will be integrated into iTunes across all platforms (Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV), but launched only in the United States.

The update, which presents the most significant overhaul of iOS since its original launch, will be compatible with all devices launched since the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

iPhone 5S to debut on the same day

Apple is expected to release the iPhone 5S on September 10, most likely alongside a new, less expensive phone with more modest performance, known for the time being as the iPhone 5C.

Among other prevalent rumors swirling ahead of the launch is that of a fingerprint reader on the iPhone 5S, which could be used for enhanced security features. There are also whispers of a more powerful processor, an increase in camera resolution to 13 MP, a double flash, and a new home button.

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