Sep 21, 2013 (05:09 AM EDT)
10 iOS 7 Features You'll Want
Read the Original Article at InformationWeek
48% of iOS users had adopted the operating system update, assuming analytics firm Mixpanel's data set of 2.75 million records is representative of the iOS user base as a whole.
That's within a percentage point of the present proportion of iOS 6 users and more than the percentage of Android users who have adopted Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), released July 2012, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), released in November 2012, combined.
Such rapid adoption is the reason iOS 7 is a big deal for developers: Apps created with new iOS features have a large potential audience almost immediately; apps created with new Android features are likely to be relevant to a smaller percentage of the platform user base and to have a more limited audience for a longer period of time.
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iOS 7 brings a new look to Apple's mobile operating system. It's much more visually appealing than previous versions. The use of real-world textures has been ended, for the most part. There are a few laggards, like the iBooks app with its wooden bookcase, but the result is a much more modern, elegant sensibility.
The highlights of iOS 7 -- Control Center, Notification Center, Multitasking, AirDrop, Camera, iTunes Radio and Siri, among other features -- have been widely praised. But these less heralded additions deserve your attention:
1. Maps Bookmarks Can Be Shared Across Devices
2. Find My iPhone Activation Lock
3. Notifications Only Live Once
4. Automatic App Updates
5. Wi-Fi HotSpot 2.0 Support
6. The Inclinometer
8. New Sounds
9. Infinite Folders
10. FaceTime, Without Your Face
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