Apple has had a long line of betas for its newest update to iOS, set to be a complete redesign of the user interface. Jony Ive and the design team at Apple have reworked every icon, redeveloped every app and made sure the whole experience is “flat” making it consistent.
With the sixth beta update to iOS7 coming next week, this will be Apple’s last beta project before the Golden Master build. The past few months Apple has changed little bits of iOS7 and added a few new features on the front and back end.
Golden Master build is Apple’s final push before the official release. With the September 10 event unofficial but verified by a few unnamed sources, Apple will push the iOS7 release at the event to all users with iPhone 4S and above. The iPhone 4 is unlikely to see most if any features from the new iOS7 list.
Apple has a number of new features coming to iOS7, including iTunes Radio, AirPlay, Control Centre, Photo Sharing, Multitasking and many more. This is definitely the biggest overhaul to iOS since the beginning and will elevate iOS into battle against Windows Phone and Android, two strong competitors.
The iPhone 5S is likely to be launch a week after the initial reveal, it could be on the store shelves on September 20. This would be ideal for people coming from a two year control, with the iPhone 4S launch around this time two years ago.
For the iPhone 5C, Apple fans may have to wait a little longer. The company does not seem to have any plans to reveal the smartphone at the event and may actually hold the first event in China for the release of the first iPhone, to boost sales.
In the iPad world, the revamped iPad Mini will be at the event, alongside a thinner iPad with the same design as the Mini. These will both have iOS7 running and we will get a good look at iOS tablet for the first time.
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