Apple redesign 'biggest change' to iOS since introduction of iPhone
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Monday announced a dramatic redesign of its iOS software, which runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, that Tim Cook called the “biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.”
The software, expected to be available to consumers in the fall, is slicker and more showy. It was shown to thunderous applause at a developers conference here.
Apple appeared much like a company on the defensive. Under assault from Google and Samsung Electronics, the company has been heavily knocked for lacking a hit parade of new products. Innovation criticisms have left Apple with a “chip on their shoulder,” says Forrester analyst Charles Golvin, adding, “There's a lot of new capabilities in both iOS and Mac OS that developers can take advantage of.”
The software update is “like getting an entirely new phone, but one you already know how to use,” said Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice-president. For example, the typography, grids and icons have all been given a face-lift.
Apple showed 10 new features to iOS, highlighted by Control Center. From the home screen, consumers can immediately jump into system settings such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi without having to swipe to another screen.
On the new iOS, the camera and photos app also got a new look.
When the camera app is open, beyond stills or video, a consumer gets two other labeled options: shooting the photo as a square picture or a panorama. It's also adding Instagram-like filters to pretty up the pictures.
Among Apple's other goodies:
• AirDrop: It's Apple's answer to Samsung's Galaxy S line of cameras, which let other Galaxy users share photos by clicking the phones together. AirDrop lets other iOS users send photos directly to each other, without opening text message or e-mail to do so.
• OS X Mavericks. It's Apple's operating system upgrade for Mac computers. One highlight is the ability to add tags to saved files that make it easier to find them during computer searches.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Chicago cop charged with murder in killing of black teen
- Obama pledges solidarity with France
- Lawyer reveals details of arrest of ‘clock kid’ Ahmed, plans to file suit
- Healthy diet plan might not work for all, Israeli study reveals
- Nation’s $1 billion defense against biological terrorism faulty, GAO watchdog warns
- 4 crew members dead after helicopter crashes at Fort Hood
- Obama moves to shore up allies coalition as rival Russia courts France
- Mars could get Saturn-like rings as moon falls apart
- Feds tell railroads they must meet deadlines for lifesaving technology
- Police investigate flights diverted for suspicious passengers, bomb threats
- 2 men charged with murder in killing of Indianapolis pastor’s wife