Today will see the launch today of iOS 7, the biggest update we've seen yet in the mobile operating system that powers nearly 600 million devices. With a new user interface, many new features, and back end features that have developers stoked, it's a pivotal day for iOS. We'll be covering the release of iOS 7 and apps developed exclusively for it throughout the day. Check back here often.
If your device isn't upgradeable to iOS 7, don't worry you don't need to upgrade right away. Apple updated the App Store to support older versions of apps for older versions of iOS yesterday.
Security is a new focus for Apple and Carter tells us how to Use the Anti-Theft activation lock in iOS 7.
iOS 7 was originally announced at WWDC this past June. Before the announcement talked with people in the industry about their wishes for iOS 7. One of our biggest concerns is how iOS 7 is falling behind for family users. As a group, before the final announcement of iOS 7 we talked about what we liked about iOS 7 and hoped for in future versions. And I wrote about how important the announcement was for Tim Cook and Apple.
Jen talks to a bunch of Game Developers and gets their thoughts on iOS 7.
Apps Created or Updated for iOS 7
Lots of apps have been updated for iOS 7 to take advantage of new features from the background updates, to deeper backend stuff. But many have just been updated to match the visual style and user experience of iOS 7. Here are a few of our favorite updates:
• Pocket Casts 4.0 podcast catcher
• TED Talks informative video player
• Slacker Radio streaming radio player
• Flipboard mobile magazine app
• Camera+ 4.0 best camera replacement app
• Twitterific Twitter client
• Todo 7.0 Appigo task manager
• Addappt living address book
• New York Times newspaper app
• Pocket offline reader
• Evernote information organizer
• Mailbox Mail.app replacement
• Pocket Informant Pro Calendar and Reminders replacement
• Shazam the music identification app
• AroundMe the local activities app
• Springpad the information manager
• GroupText! the most popular group text manager
• OmniGroup Updates OmniFocus, OmniOutliner, and OmniPlan Productivity and pretty
• Sky Live is an app for finding good stargazing times
• HootSuite a professional Twitter client
• Pandora the music streaming app
• Quora the q&a social network app
• PCalc is the best calculator replacement
• Clear (task manager)
• Roambi a great data visualization app
• Cobook a contact manager app
• Scanner Pro from Readdle a great document scanner
• Perfect Weather a new sexy weather app
• Reeder 2 an RSS reader
Around The Web
Around the web, many are also doing some amazing work writing about iOS 7. Here's a few of our favorites:
Rene Ritchie over at iMore has an amazing and exhaustive review of iOS 7.
TUAW takes a look at some great new settings in iOS 7.
Our friends over at Pocket Gamer have a list of their favorite new features of iOS 7.
9to5Mac has a great interview with iOS app developers on working with iOS 7 development and design.