Apple is preparing to rollout iOS7 the same day they have the iPhone event on September 10. Cupertino has had six beta’s of iOS7 seeded to developers over the past few months and we believe the Golden Master will come sometime this week, followed by a full release on September 10.
This is the normal way Apple releases a new operating system update, although this would be the first time they launch it at the event. The company has always made sure developers are able to bring their app up to speed, but in a race to make sure users stay on their side, they may offer it on September 10, with two new iPhones the week after.
The update is expected to come to the iPhone 5, 4S and some features may come to the iPhone 4. On the tablet side, iOS7 will come to the iPad Mini, iPad 4, iPad 3 and some features will come to the iPad 2. We are not sure if the original iPad will get any features, Apple normally cancels the update after three years; pushing users to get the latest version.
iOS7 is the most ambitious move by Apple, even though some have said it is a cosmetic change and the functionality remains the same. The whole OS has been redone with Jony Ive’s vision of a flat design, all icons have been changed and Apple expects third party developers to deliver the same experience, to make the iPhone feel unified in terms of design.
In terms of functionality, iOS7 has a new Control Center and will finally have multitasking. Other new features include iTunes Radio, AirDrop, Photo Moments, apps automatically update and 3D dynamic backgrounds. All apps have been redesigned to fit with the flat design and Apple has added functionality and other incredible design touches to some.
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will both get the iOS7 update pre-loaded on the smartphone. The iPhone 5S is coming in four colours and a stack of new features, including a fingerprint sensor, A7 processor, 2GB of RAM, 128GB storage option and 12MP dual-LED camera.
Apple will market the iPhone 5C, expected to be called the iPhone Colour, to the developing countries around the world. It will come with multiple different colours and is expected to cost around $299/399.