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The long wait is over as Apple executives hit the stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco to take the wraps off the next version of the company's mobile operating system, iOS 7.
As predicted, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the latest update to iOS, which he refers to as "the best version of iOS since the iPhone." Featuring the rumored flatter design thanks to input from Jonathan Ive, iOS 7 will bring a completely new look and feel along with updates to all of Apple's built-in apps.
Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi returned to the stage to give a demo of the new mobile OS, showing off an all-new Weather app, Folders with nearly unlimited contents and a felt-free edition of Game Center, confirming rumors that Cupertino would finally lose the skeumorphism of recent versions.
Federighi followed the quick peek with a deeper look at 10 new features of iOS 7 including Control Center, multitasking for all apps with sacrificing battery life, intelligent background scheduling for most-used apps, iCloud Keychain and a new tabbed view for Safari.
As rumored, iOS 7 also introduces AirDrop for sharing content with friends over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network, new Camera and Photos apps and new integration with Apple's internet services, including Siri and iTunes.
iOS 7 will be released to the public this fall, available today for iPhone developers with an iPad edition to follow in the weeks ahead.
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