At its World Wide Developers Conference today, Apple unveiled a sleek new operating system for iPhones, iPads, and other i-devices called iOS 7. The new operating system was released to developers, and it will be available to consumers in the fall. Apple made some significant improvements and changes to GPS, mapping, and location features included in iOS 7.
- A new "iOS in the Car," to be offered by most major car-makers, puts a built-in screen and interface in new vehicles that is "95 percent" the new iOS 7 interface, including an upgraded speech interface with Siri for phone, iMessage, turn-by-turn-directions, and more.
- A new "apps near me" feature lets you select from among apps that are most frequently downloaded near your location. Very usfeul when you think about how this can help you find the best of what's in use locally.
- Tight integration with the new (this fall also) OS X Mavericks operating system for iMacs and all laptops. For example, you can research and create directions to a destination in OS X Maps and send it to your iPhone with one button.
- Improved maps and flyovers. You can believe Apple has also been working hard to fix the accuracy problems of the previous iOS.
- A Calendar app that suggests locations nearby as you enter topics, such as "pizza" (you can disable this).
- The new Calendar app also includes travel time to your destination and will even allow time for it in your calendar if you choose that option in settings.
Other high-level features of the new iOS 7 include multi-tasking and iTunes Radio (like Pandora). "Our purpose was to create an experience that was simpler, more useful, and more enjoyable, while building on the things that people love about iOS" states Apple. Image © Apple