Apple just wrapped up the announcements portion of their iOS 7 update event. Our own Ben Roethig will be bringing you all the updates on what they covered on the hardware side. The software side of things was pretty light. They gave a very brief demonstration of iOS 7 and some news about iWorks.
Highlights of the upcoming iOS 7 include search-anywhere with a simple gesture, as well as easy access to notifications. Backgrounds now have the option of including parallax scrolling, which will give you the illusion of depth on your device’s screen, making the icons look like they’re floating.
Siri has been updated, giving you the choice of various voices (including male options, for those of us living in areas where only female Siri has been available.)
The camera app has been redone, and features Instagram-esque filters.
Largely, the information they gave us was a bit of a rehash of what we saw earlier this year at WWDC, but they did have some brand new information – iOS 7 will be available starting September 18th, and it is a free update. Yup. Free! Not bad. It’ll support the iPhone 4 and later, the iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini, and the iPod Touch 5 and later.
iWorks will also become a free product, presumably when iOS 7 launches.
Keep an eye on the site for Kien Tran’s full review of iOS 7, coming soon!