Apple has unveiled its next version of the iOS platform with a redesigned interface and a new music streaming service.
The company said that the iOS 7 update is being distributed to developers and will reach consumers by autumn.
When it arrives, the new iOS will sport an overhauled interface designed to improve the efficiency and user experience for the mobile platform. iOS 7 will offer new navigational tools such as the control centre management screen and a dynamic wallpaper system, which will be able to react to the movement of the device.
Other updates will include an improved Siri console, which will offer new voice options and the ability to search Wikipedia, Twitter and Bing through the voice command system. Apple is also working with automakers to develop an in-car console that can be navigated entirely by voice.
The company is also looking to build on the iCloud platform with the integration of a Keychain tool. The account management system will be able to remember passwords and credit card information and will be able to sync account information with OS X Mavericks systems.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook said that the update will be the biggest ever change for the iPhone and iPad operating system. With the new interface and improvements in areas such as multitasking, Apple hopes that the update will bring a dramatic performance improvement for iOS.
“It is the biggest change since the introduction of iPhone. It is packed with amazing new features and a stunning new interface,” Cook said of iOS 7.
Also unveiled was Apple's new music streaming service. Dubbed iTunes Radio, the long-awaited service will allow users to stream music directly to iOS devices as well as iTunes on Mac and PC, and the Apple TV console.
Users will be able to access the service through pre-built 'station' channels or create their own channels by tagging songs they like and searching for similar titles and artists.
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