With the usual amount of fanfare, Apple released its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, on September 18th. iOS 7 represents the most drastic overhaul for the iPhone® and iPad® to date; the entire OS has been completely redesigned from top to bottom. iOS 7 features hundreds of new features and a completely redesigned aesthetic.
While I may be an Android™ convert on the smartphone side, I’ve been quite happily using iOS 7 on my iPad. I was originally skeptical of the new design, but it has grown on me (the “cartooniness” of everything is a little less abrasive in actual practice). Apple did what Apple does—created an extremely polished, cohesive system that innovates in some areas, refines in others, but most importantly just kind of works.
As usual here on the PGi blog, we took a look at iOS 7’s new offerings through the lens of facilitating better collaboration, clearer communication and easier remote work. Here are some of the new features that will improve your collaboration experience:
In previous versions of iOS, the Notification Center (swiped down from the top of the device) was simply a place to see all of your app notifications as they came in. In iOS 7, Notification Center has seen a significant redesign and now behaves more like a personal assistant, laying out the weather and your meeting schedule for the day.
For you remote workers and teleworkers out there, the Notification Center is a great place to get a quick overview of your schedule for the day, including any virtual meeting URLs for iMeet® or GlobalMeet®.
Multitasking in iOS 7 is considerably more efficient and intuitive. In previous versions, when you double-clicked the Home button you merely got a row of icons. In iOS 7, the same double-click brings up screen views of each running application, making it easier and faster to find the app you need.
For mobile collaborators, this change makes it easier to quickly bounce between applications and find the email, file or web page you need to discuss during your virtual meeting.
iOS 7’s new control center, accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the device, provides quick, one-touch access to features that were previously buried several menus deep: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode and Orientation Lock, to name a few. This makes it easier than ever to toggle these features on and off as your situation changes.
While working on-the-go, you’re often to subject to changing Wi-Fi conditions or needing to quickly switch to your Bluetooth headset. The addition of Control Center makes controlling and managing your device and its features while working remotely more effortless than ever before.
The Next Generation: the iPhone…7?
In other news, our very own Digital Nomad, Cora Rodenbusch, has taken mobile innovation into her own hands, creating the latest and greatest mobility achievement. Why wait in line for a gold iPhone 5S when you can have the next big thing?
Behold. The next innovation in DIY BYOD. The “iPhone 7!”
Yes, that’s a 3G and a 4S velcroed together. When asked for comment, Rodenbusch replied, “Keeping up with a personal and work phone is tough! My McGuyver-esque husband suggested the idea and we haven’t looked back. Who knew we’d spark the next great mobile revolution?”
Of course, the “7” does feature one very unique design challenge…
What do you think of Apple’s radical new OS design? Any favorite features I missed? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @writerwin.
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