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Apple's new iOS7: 10 new features

6:30 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
Apple's Craig Federighi, Vice President of Software Engineering, introduces iOS7 at a keynote address during the 2013 Apple WWDC at the Moscone Center on June 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Apple's annual developer conference runs through June 14. (Photo by Kim White/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO (USA Today) --  Apple announced a raft of new features coming to its iOS software, which runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Here's a look at 10 new features in the iOS 7 software, which is expected to be available to consumers in the fall:

1. Control Center: You'll be able to swipe up from any screen to immediately jump into system settings such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

2-3. When the camera app is open, beyond stills or video, you'll get two other labeled options: shooting the photo as a square picture or a panorama. You can also edit photos with Instagram-like filters.

4. In the photo app, Apple is bringing organization to hundreds of photos, using the camera information about where and when they were shot to organize them into "Moments," "Collections" and "Years."

5. Find My iPhone lock: A new "activation lock" feature requires your Apple ID and password before you can turn off Find My iPhone, further thwarting thieves.

6. AirDrop. The new feature is Apple's answer to Samsung's Galaxy S line of phones, which let other Galaxy users share photos and other files by clicking the phones together. AirDrop lets other iOS users send items directly to each other, without opening text message or e-mail to do so. (This feature has already been available on Apple's latest Mac computers.)

7. Multi-tasking: Apple say it has improved multi-tasking. By pressing the home button twice, you can see preview screens of all your running apps and swipe to move from one to another.

8. Background updates: The new iOS will update apps automatically in the background and does so when you're plugged into Wi-Fi. The idea is that fetching such updates won't kill your battery.

8. iTunes radio. Apple also debuted its answer to Pandora. ITunes Radio will be available on computers and mobile devices later this year. The program brings in preprogrammed radio stations to iTunes, and will let listeners create stations based on their favorite artists.

9. Safari: Apple says its new look for the Safari browser will let you see more of your content and includes full-screen browsing. There's also a "smart search" field that simplifies searching and a cool new tab view for scrolling from one page to another.

10. Siri: New male and female voices are coming to Siri. Also new: Twitter search integration, which lets you ask Siri what people are chatting about on Twitter. Siri also now taps Wikipedia as a resource as well as Bing search.

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