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'Tis the Season for Upgrades

Sam Chada • Sep 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I’m sure you have been bombarded with news from Apple’s special event  held at its headquarters in Cupertino, California yesterday. Most of the buzz has been about the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S (the multi-color handsets, fingerprint sensor, and enhanced camera), but it seems like the spotlight has neglected the updated operating system. iOS 7 boasts a redesigned user interface and new features like the Control Center, which gives you quick access to controls settings and apps, an improved  Notification Center, an enhanced camera with built-in filters, AirDrop, and has updated Siri and Safari. And that’s just the beginning!

With the iOS 7 upgrade, iOS users will also be given free access to the iWorks apps, specifically iPhoto, iMovie, Pages (comparable to Microsoft Word), Numbers (comparable to Microsoft Excel) and Keynote (comparable to Microsoft PowerPoint). Previously, these apps cost between $5 and $10 each.

At the event yesterday, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering stated “iOS 7 is completed redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device, but one that will still be instantly familiar to our users”.

The new Apple iOS 7 will be available starting on Wednesday, September 18 as a free upgrade to older devices such as the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).

Once the updated iOS 7 is available to the masses, the Library will be updating the iPads available in through our in-house iPad Lending Program. This will give you the opportunity to “try before you upgrade” and to speak with our staff members about the new updates and how you may best take advantage of them.

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