“Apple’s new iPhone, expected next month, is grabbing headlines. But many of the most significant upgrades and improvements will benefit millions of owners of older models, too,” Aaron Pressman reports for Yahoo Finance.
“The rumored “iPhone 5S” may have a faster processor and better camera but it will also be running Apple’s new iOS 7 software,” Pressman reports. “And the software can be installed on the last three iPhones, going back to 2010’s iPhone 4, along with every iPad but the original.”
Pressman reports, “That means a lot more people can share in the improvements. Instead of just the 10 million or 20 million people who buy the iPhone 5S in its opening weeks, hundreds of millions of owners of older iPhones and iPads will also be able to use iOS 7. It also means many more companies – not just phone makers such as Samsung and Nokia – could be hurt by competition from Apple. Online music service Pandora Media will suffer if users defect en mass to Apple’s new iTunes Radio.”
MacDailyNews Take: After using iTunes Radio all summer, our prediction for Pandora: Pain.
“Some iOS 7 features are incredibly simple but extremely helpful, such as a new control pane that appears with a finger dragged up from the bottom of the screen. The pane gives quick access to frequently needed controls, such as turning Bluetooth and Wifi on and off, which used to be buried layers deep in the settings app,” Pressman reports. “Developer Marcus Zarra, running a pre-release version of iOS 7, says he uses the control center constantly. ‘Easy access to music, alarms and other control features is a great time saver,’ says Zarra, who writes for the ‘Cocoa is My Girlfriend’ blog and co-founded app maker Empirical Development.”
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