Apple unveils ‘biggest change to operating system since the iPhone’
Apple yesterday unveiled a complete overhaul of its iOS software. After seeing it, I felt the new iOS7 software similar looks like Google’s Android system. According to gossip on Twitter, the new designs resulted from massive power struggle within Apple that saw head of iOS, Scott Forstall ousted in favor of Sir Jonathan Ive, who is said to have overseen the new software. A close friend who attended the conference told me on phone that from what he has seen, there’s a lot of exciting stuff coming out this year. As a MacBook Air die-hard, running on Intel’s fourth generation Core processor and integration with the latest 802.11ac WiFi networking is more than I expected. I was delighted about the both the new 11in and 13in MacBook Air models which have an increase in battery life. According to the details released, the 11in model will have 9 hours of battery life while the 13in version will have 12 hours of battery life. Contador Harrison will definitely have enough to work without having to carry a charger. What else would I have asked for from Apple intellectuals? Battery life is largely because of Intel’s new processor and vast improvements of upcoming Mac OS X Mavericks operating system. The new Mac Pro is only 1/8th the size of the last Mac Pro and will feature a black design that’s tubular with round edges. It will be equipped with Intel’s latest Haswell architecture Xeon E5 processors, with up to twelve cores. Dual AMD Firepro graphics cards, the new and faster Thunderbolt 2 ports with 20Gbps bandwidth and 4K monitor support.
I must admit the semi-transparent window and design make it look fabulous. Just like Windows 8, Double clicking the Home button brings up a list of running apps and instead of Icons, it is the thumbnails of the actual app are brought up. Running apps can then be swiped up to close them. When it comes to multitasking, there is a major change because instead of allowing certain services to run in the background iOS 7 now allows for entire apps to run in the background. Luckily, to preserve battery life, iOS 7 monitors the user’s activity and establishes when an app is open and how often and updates information in that app based on this usage model. iOS 7 also features context sensitive swipe from the left edge of the screen to right. iOS7 will ship with the iTunes Radio audio streaming service with Siri and the service will either be free with advertising, or if you buy iTunes Match for US$24.95 a year, without ads. Updated Camera and Photos apps have Instagram like filters and other camera features while the Photos app allows automatic organization of photos by date and place in a more elegant manner. AirDrop app allows users to share their photos and videos not just on Twitter and Facebook but also directly to other iOS 7 users in the room via WiFi.