Apple releases iOS 7 with new Control Center, AirDrop, iTunes Radio

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The new version of the operating system is available for download via iTunes or via the OTA Update.

With about an hour before launching iOS 7, Apple released iTunes 11.1, the new version which is necessary in order to install the new version of iOS.

iOS 7 comes with more than 200 new features and here are descriptions of the most important ones.

Control Center gives you quick access to commands and applications you need right away. With a simple finger slip up on any screen – including a locked screen – you can do a lot of things like pass on Airplane mode, enable or disable Wi-Fi connection or adjust your screen brightness. You can even bring up a new flashlight.

The Notification Center lets you know when you receive new emails, miss calls and more. A new feature that is called Today gives a convenient summary of the day. You can access the Notification Center from any screen, including the lock screen. All you have to do is to slide down.

Multitasking has always been a smart way to switch between applications. The new iOS 7 remembers when you like to use your apps and may update the contents before you launch them.

If you want to send someone a photo or document, you normally use a text message or e-mail. But if the person is right next to you, there is a much simpler way. AirDrop for iOS allows you to easily and quickly share photos, videos, contacts and anything else from any application via a Share button.

Tap the Share button, then select the person you want to share with. AirDrop makes the transfers using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Browsing with Safari in iOS 7 is better and more beautiful. Buttons, bars and the search field remain hidden and only appear when you scroll down the page. With a simple swipe, you can get the previous or next page.

The new camera on iOS 7 comes with all formats – photos, video, panorama and square.

The new filters allow you to add real-time photo effects and a simple swipe is all that’s needed to switch between the four cameras – video, photo, square and panorama.

The iOS 7 iTunes Radio allows iPhone owners to listen to built radio stations. Everything is done through an Internet connection, allowing users to listen to the radio or to different songs that have already been listened to. The company displays video / audio / text ads while listening.