Apple will be releasing the iOS 7 update for its iPhone 4, 4S and 5 smartphones later today, as it prepares for the imminent arrival of its latest iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones. It is expected to arrive in the UK at 6pm.
The update is also available for Apple's iPad 2 and later models of the tablet. Apple unveiled iOS 7 in July, listing it as the firm's biggest software update since the launch of the first iPhone. Key changes include updates to the fonts, 'flat' design and quick settings menu, which can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. The OS will also boast a new card-based multitasking system, an updated Safari web browser and a revamped photo gallery.
The upgrade comes a mere two days before the arrival of Apple's new top-end iPhone 5S and slightly lower-end iPhone 5C. The two smartphones are the first iPhones to come with iOS 7 preinstalled. Apple confirmed plans to release the two smartphones earlier in September.
The top-end iPhone 5S features a host of upgraded internal components, including a more powerful A7 processor, upgraded 2GB of RAM and newly created Touch ID sensor.
The sensor works by scanning the sub-epidermal skin layers on the fingerprint of the person holding the iPhone, in order to verify their identity before unlocking. It is designed to make the iPhone 5S more appropriate for business use, offering a further layer of protection against potential data breaches via lost or stolen devices. Below it the iPhone 5C features all but identical specifications to the older, discontinued iPhone 5, but boasts a lower-end plastic chassis.
Check back with V3 later for a full review of iOS 7 and the iPhone 5S and 5C.
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