After the launch of iOS 7 by Apple, iPhones and iPads might not look the same again. While the hardware of the new versions of iPhone and iPad may still be shrouded in mystery, Apple has revealed its latest invention: iOS 7. According to the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, iOS 7 is definitely the biggest change to the iOS ever since the introduction of the iPhone! So what's new about this iOS? Read on to find out.
- iOS 7 is a pure exemplification of simplicity. The new layout that applies across the entire system offers a new clarity. The interface is not at all obtrusive since all the conspicuous ornamentation like useless buttons and bars has been removed in order to focus on what's most important, i.e. the content.
- The Control Center in iOS 7 offers access to commonly used apps and widgets with just one swipe.
- The weather widget of iOS 7 is completely new. Now, when you tap on the weather widget, you can be greeted by dynamic and cinematic animations like fog passing across your screen, sun shining bright, hail bouncing off the text, drizzling rain, pouring rain, etc. Therefore, opening the weather app of iOS 7 is like looking outside the window!
- iOS 7 is like the perfect coming together of an iPod touch, an iPad and an iPhone. The Operating System enables you to enjoy the experience of using your iPhone even better. It has newly introduced functional and distinct layers that help to establish order and hierarchy and also create depth. New approaches have been applied to motion and animation in order to make the operating system more engaging.
- The Notification Center has undergone major changes too. The new 'Today' feature in iOS 7 ensures that you are aware of all the missed calls, tasks to be done and new emails for that particular day.
- It is now possible to access the Notification Center from any screen just by swiping down, even in the lock screen.
- iOS 7 allows you to multitask the smarter way. Pressing the home button twice enables you to preview the screen of the apps currently being used or opened.
- AirDrop is another top feature of iOS 7. It allows one to send documents, videos, contacts and photos with just a tap of a button. The transfers are highly secure as they are encrypted (maybe not too secure though).
On May 21st, three words that have intrigued Microsoft fans were finally uttered - introducing Xbox One . It was not Infinity or 720 as some had expected but the rather dull sounding Xbox One . There is no point moaning about a name, people rarely say they are going to play on the 360 or the PS4 but rather the Xbox or the Playstation - no matter which generation they currently have. The really important aspects are the new designs, the abilities of the new software, the games and its advantages over the last model. So how does this new Xbox measure up?
First impressions of the hardware.
The best place to start when talking about the Xbox One is the odd new console and the subtle changes of the controller . The new controller does not look greatly different to the untrained eye but there are apparently 40 innovations including a new location for the guide button and alterations to the thumbsticks. In contrast, the design of the console varies quite a lot from the beefy, white, rounded shape of its predecessor because this model has been streamlined, painted black and given a retro feel that some have said reminds them of an old video player. Others would say that it is more like having an extra set-top box in your media area, especially with the addition of the bulky Kinect sensor, but this is perhaps not that surprising considering the system's new focus on television.
This new, multifunctional system tries to rival the average TV.
These hardware alterations are a great starting point but they are low on the agendas of the developers giving the presentations - so far all they have wanted to discuss are the multimedia elements, the interactivity and improved software. When the launch video introduced the Halo TV show rather than a new gaming title it was a clear sign of the direction of the new Xbox One . The ability to pin apps to the home screen, use voice commands for instant access and feed a HDMI Pass Thru to the TV are all measures designed to improve the potential of the system. Meanwhile, the console also uses an 8-core processor and 500GB hard drive to ensure that users can store plenty of media like movies and music and switch between them with ease - an element that is enhanced by the new auto-resume feature within the games.
What about the gaming? How has this most crucial feature changed?
This auto-resume feature is set to be an important function because of the way it saves data and lets users switch between their session and other features like Skype chats or the Game DVR where they can upload video clips of their greatest achievements to brag to their friends. On the subject of achievements, this feature has also been overhauled and is said to be more useful in terms of its data and comparisons with friends. As for the actual gameplay, this is an area with little information; Microsoft give out vague terms like "greater realism" and "advanced AI" and there was some insight into this with the COD reveal but this is pretty much the current limit.
The initial reaction and the lack of information.
To be honest, there is not that much to go on right now because all we have is the information from the presentations at the short launch and the Xbox website; however, everything is sure to become clearer in the coming weeks, particularly after June's E3 conference. Microsoft will have to play their best possible hand here to draw attention away from the new PS4 releases and whatever Nintendo plan to do to make up for the Wii U, especially considering the number of confused fans curious to see exactly what is on offer and how the Xbox One can benefit people outside of the US that do not follow the NFL.
Setting our sights on E3 and the December release date.
We will have to wait a while until we can get our hands on our own consoles and find out exactly what it is like - whether the D-pad has actually improved, whether the voice controls understand our accents, etc. - because the Xbox One will be available in December, just in time for everyone's lists to Santa. The initial glimpses into the abilities and style of the new console may have been a little underwhelming for some but the E3 presentations and the ongoing revelations across the year should build up our understanding and the hype to ensure that it can truly rival Sony in the next generation.