If you use an iPhone or iPad (or, for that matter, an iPod touch), Apple announced its first major upgrade to the iOS (operating system) in years. Though there have been changed, nothing really significant has been upgraded on this scale in almost six years. It's iOS 7. This article here on CNET describes most of the announced new features -- though others may have been withheld until the official launch, which is often Apple's way. Know that that official launch won't be until the fall.
Most of the changes are cosmetic, which doesn't strike me as overly interesting, though needed. However, I like the Control Center. That will not only let you access your most-used system features, but will allow you to do so from any screen, but just swiping up from the bottom of a screen. Also, the "voice-assistant" feature known as Siri now will let you manage many system changes, like turning on Bluetooth.
There is also a flashlight feature, something previously only available through third-party apps. iTunes Radio expands iTunes to include favorite stations. And iOS now will allow for automatic updates of your apps (though exactly how this will work, I'm not sure...)
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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