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Apple Shows Off iOS 7

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, at its developer conference today. The new version will be available to the public later this year, with developers getting an early beta version for testing. The company says this is the biggest redesign of the interface since the original iPhone.

iOS 7. Source: Apple.

iOS 7 has received a major makeover under the direction of design chief Jony Ive, following the shakeup last year aimed at fostering greater collaboration. The company has now abandoned the controversial skeuomorphic design philosophy, where interface elements modeled real-life counterparts. Instead, Apple is pursuing a simpler interface.

New features include Control Center and AirDrop for iOS, among others. Craig Federighi, senior vice president for software engineering, said iOS 7 will let you share content wirelessly with the AirDrop feature. You can also swipe up from the bottom to access a Control Center, for such functions as turning on the airplane mode and adjusting brightness. All of Apple's familiar first-party apps have been completely redone.

-- Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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