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Apple doesn't appear to be removing any popular apps built into the operating system, as best as I could tell. The company did that last year when it replaced Google's mapping app with its own navigation system only to be ridiculed for misguiding users with shoddy directions. Apple isn't bringing back Google Maps with iOS 7, but it is promising that its alternative is getting better.
The software upgrade also will make it easier to take better pictures on the iPhone and automatically sort photos into different categories to denote particular events. I particularly liked a feature that lets you control how the camera operates by toggling between options at the bottom of the screen with the swipe of a finger. Once the camera is open in IOS 7, the choices include taking a square, panoramic or standard photo. The bottom-of-the screen controls also include an option to switch to video mode.
When taking a picture in iOS 7, photographers can also choose a filter to use as they snap the photo rather than waiting to touch up the shot later. When shooting video, shots can be zoomed in while recording. I can't do any of that on my iPhone 5 because it is still powered by iOS 6.
The new system also empowers users to access other open apps more easily by clicking twice on the home button. When you do that, the apps are displayed as tiles that can be scrolled across horizontally so you can more easily see and choose several of them.
Apple is also making it easier to access frequently used controls such as and airplane mode by enabling users to pull up the panel from the bottom of the display screen instead of finding and pressing a settings option.
Other than the new software, the iPhone 5c isn't anything special, as one might expect from a cheaper phone.
The only thing that really distinguishes the 5c from the iPhone 5 is that it's housed in plastic instead of aluminum. Some consumers will no doubt like the plastic alternative because it comes in five colors: green, blue, yellow, pink and white. The price also may be more appealing, with the 5c starting at $99 with a two-year wireless contract, a $100 discount from iPhone models released in previous years. (continued...)
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Posted: 2013-09-22 @ 4:37pm PT
Are you serious? It sucks... it's the ClownOS. Android called and they want their cheap awful ugly GUI back. That Jony Ive is a sick man to take away my user experience.
Posted: 2013-09-17 @ 6:39am PT
O2 has released its carrier plans for the new iPhone 5s. It is to be noted that the prices are so expensive that it would be cheaper to buy an unlocked iphone 5s and get the plans separately.
Posted: 2013-09-16 @ 12:51pm PT
"But that souped-up operating system could end up hurting sales because the free software upgrade will also work on iPhones released since 2010, giving owners of the older models less incentive to buy Apple's newest products." The way I see it, this is quite deliberate; Apple is now bringing the awesome value of iOS7 to some of its older devices to more effectively compete with low cost android devices. iPhone 4S for instance is free from carriers with a two year contract.