Apple may be launching new iPhone models later this month but the company is also releasing its latest version of its iOS mobile operating system in September as well. The company announced today at its iPhone press event in its Cupertino, California headquarters that iOS 7 will be released for free on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Apple first announced some of the features in iOS 7 in June as part of its WWDC event. Today, Engadget reports that iOS 7 will support iPhone 4 smartphones and above, along with Pad 2 tablets and above, the iPad mini and the current fifth-generation version of the iPod Touch. Apple also announced today that its iWork suite of software programs (Keynote, Pages and Numbers) will now be free on all new iOS devices.
Among the new features in iOS 7 are a new UI design that includes flatter icons, a new way to search, an improved way to group images in Photos, the new iTunes Radio feature and more. Apple has even added a male voice for the first time to its Siri voice recognition system.
Apple also said that in October, the company expects to ship its 700 millionth iOS hardware product, about six and a half years since the launch of the first iPhone in spring 2007.
Source: Engadget | Image via Apple