June 13, 2013

Apple launches OS redesign

Apple has announced a major redesign of its mobile devices' operating systems in the form of iOS7.

The system is the first redesign to have been overseen by Apple's design chief Jony Ive and takes a step away from skeuomorphism – the use of real-world inspired textures and artefacts in technology such as apps.

It is hoped that the redesign will make the system look “cleaner” but is also expected to be polarising for fans given that it is almost completely different from previous versions of the OS.

Jan Dawson, chief telecoms analyst at consultancy Ovum, told the BBC: “Some people will love that their phone feels new and different, while others will be disoriented by the newness.

"Finding your Settings app is hard when the icon has totally changed, and the many people who easily get disoriented by their gadgets may well have a negative experience. On the other hand, this is a clear statement from Apple that it acknowledges the need to refresh the user interface and is willing to do something pretty dramatic."

Other updates made in iOS7 include automatic updating of apps; the integration of Bing into the voice-controlled Siri app; anti-theft measures and redesigned fonts that should help to create sharper text.

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