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iOS 7 new features and UI changes

Apple recently released an updated version of their iOS software and are already hard at work on 6.1.1. However, us iPhone and iPad users have already lost interest in these updates because they are only minor and don’t really offer up anything new. Instead we are now looking ahead to iOS 7 new features, and no doubt Apple be as well.

There are so many things that Apple need to do in order to make this a radical update, and we now start to wonder what those new iOS 7 features will be and the UI changes, as the current version is starting to look a little dated. Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy with iOS overall, but it’s about time that there was a major revamp.

iOS 6 was promised to be a massive improvement over its predecessor, but the final result was a less than stable OS along with their Maps app that was less than perfect – well pretty terrible if we’re being honest. While Android users would have you believe that Apple is flogging a dead horse when is comes to their mobile OS, we should never underestimate the Cupertino company because they have a knack of knocking it out of the park when they get it right.

In order to do that there are several features that needs to be addressed, the first of which is allowing users to choose their own default apps. This to us seems a simple idea because it gives you more control. However, we can’t see Apple doing this because we know how much in control they like to be.

We have already suggested the idea of making Siri much smarter, and that Apple may have already started this knowing that iOS 7 could already be in testing.

A new look is very important because the UI has remained stagnant, unlike their Mac OS, which has received several makeovers in recent years. The current iOS UI has seen better days so who knows, Apple could surprise us. Check out the video below of an iOS 7 UI concept video, we’d love to know what you think.

With Scott Forstall no longer working on iOS there is a consensus that the iOS 7 UI will see a huge revamp thanks to a greater insight from Ive, well that is the hope of members of the iMore Forums. One thing that interested us is the idea that Apple could take some of the good features from jailbreaking and include them to iOS 7, as this could be one way to counter jailbroken devices.

Other requested feature changes would be to add animation settings to icons, but being able to personalize the entire theme would be one of the best features added to iOS 7. These are just a few ideas, so how about sharing some of yours in the comments section below.

Personally we feel that iOS 7 will be pretty much the same and we will not see a major overhaul until iOS 8. The reason we say this is becasue if we are to follow Apple’s product cycle then they will release the iPhone 5S later this year, so it’s highly unlike that Apple would feature a huge change to their iOS on a refresh only iPhone.

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