Along with its new iPhone 5S, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 7 Tuesday, and analysts predict that the new operating system will look and feel totally different.
"If you're an iPhone user, everything — your email, your calendar, your texts, your phone dialer, your photos, your notes — will look and work differently," tech writer Alex Madrigal wrote in an NPR blog post.
The update is the first complete iOS overhaul since Steve Jobs' 2011 death. Led by Apple's senior vice president of design Jony Ive, the iOS 7 model is expected to modernize the iPhone and iPad's Notification Centers and debut new accessibility and multitasking features, among other things.
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"The metaphor of the old iPhone operating system was that the phone combined all kinds of physical objects into one handy gadget in your pocket," Madrigal wrote. "Open up Notes and there was a pad of yellow, lined paper; the voice recorder featured an old-timey analog microphone; when the camera app opened, an animated mechanical shutter did as well; the Game Center even had green felt texturing… In the forthcoming operating system, almost all of these metaphors are gone."
The improved interface will be available for current iPhone and iPad users to download in the coming weeks, and will be installed automatically on the new iPhone 5S and 5C.
In the three months ending in June, Apple sold 31 million iPhones worldwide compared to 187 million Android phones
made by the likes of Samsung, HTC, and LG Electronics, according to the research firm International Data Corp. That left the iPhone with 13 percent of the global market, down from 17 percent at the same time last year. Android phones held a 79 percent share, up from 69 percent last year, according to IDC.
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