It’s been more than six months since consumers received big news from Apple, but on Monday Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the completely redesigned iOS 7 operating system for the iPhone and iPad at the company’s annual software developer conference. The big reveal also included a long-rumored iTunes Radio music service.
The iOS 7 refresh, unveiled at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, includes a slew of major design changes, as well as multitasking support for all apps.
“It is the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone,” Cook said to a standing ovation from a crowd of Apple fans and developers.
Apple kicked off its annual WWDC in San Francisco with the keynote address, given by Cook, Apple’s chief executive, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. He also unveiled OS X 10.9, better known as Mavericks, a Safari update, a new Maps tool and several new MacBook Air models.
The iOS updates had long been rumored and the new iRadio streaming radio service was an expected addition form mobile devices.
Below is a blow by blow of each of the new developments from Apple:
Mac OS Mavericks
The latest operating system gives users more multitasking capabilities, as well as more screen access.
Apple’s own mapping tool features 3D maps and allows users to get an instant estimated time of arrival (ETA) for any address in a Calendar event.
According to Apple, the next version of Safari will have enhanced security, faster page rendering, and will allow users to breeze through multiple articles on the same site. In addition, the new home screen will feature top sites, which includes bookmarks, Reading Lists—a feature that allows users to keep scrolling when you reach the end of an article—and shared links, which permits simple posting to social networking sites like Twitter. More on the performance side, Safari 7 boasts Nitro tiered JIT, Nitro fast start, background tab optimization, and better memory usage, CNET reports.