iOS 7 officially announced at WWDC; Jony Ive major UI overhaul now on full display

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After countless hours of waiting and speculation, Apple has at last unveiled the next version of its mobile software: iOS 7. The highly anticipated software update brings an entirely new user-interface to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iOS users will recognize the refreshed appearance for its characteristically light UI, something Jony Ive and his team have spent the last half year building since Craig Federighi took over iOS software development and Ive took responsibility for human interfaces.

As our own Mark Gurman previously reported, the user-experience remains familiar in the latest version of iOS, allowing users to continue using the software without having to relearn the operating system, but features all the benefits of a fundamental new coat of paint. This feels like a new iOS device.

To create something that’s genuinely new, you have to start again. And I think with great intent you disconnect from the past.

-Jony Ive on the design of the Retina MacBook Pro at WWDC ’12

iOS 7 features an incredible new overhaul of iOS like we’ve never seen. Nothing about the OS resembles previous versions of the operating system. Every visual element is rethought fro the Messaging app to the system keyboard to the way the OS behaves when you move the hardware. The OS tilts in almost a three-dimensional behavior.

Folders now include multiple pages within each categorial folder. Notification Center offers a brand new “Today” view featuring birthdays, weather, and the like, which is now available from the Lock Screen.

“Installing iOS 7 on your phone is like getting a new phone, but one you already know how to use.

-Craig Federighi

We will deliver an in-depth hands-on with iOS 7 today as soon as we get it in our hands.  Stay tuned. Read below for a full report on new features and stats. Read more

Apple displays extremely sparse iOS 7 banner at Moscone ahead of WWDC (Updated: OS X banners going up)

Apple has been steadily preparing the Moscone Center in San Francisco for its Worldwide Developer Conference all week long. Today banners for iOS 7 appeared featuring a very colorful and thin “7″ denoting the version of the software Apple will preview on Monday. The dots in the banners above likely represent the transparent nature of the OS.

We’ll be in San Francisco bringing you the latest news from WWDC all next week!

Thanks Andrew Stern and Nick!


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