Apple’s latest move to end its reliance on Google services
Earlier this week, Apple announced a number of new products to be released later this year, including the highly anticipated iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This announcement couldn’t have come at a better time, with strong competition coming from Android 4.2 and the big looming threat of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering boasted that, “iOS 7 is the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone.” This means that this is set to be the biggest update to the software since 2007. The beta form was released to developers just a few days ago, but consumers in Australia will have to wait until spring before they get their itchy fingers on this brand new operating system.
What can you expect with the iOS 7 update?
Besides the amazing new simplistic design and a Control Centre in which you can access what you need in the one convenient place, the biggest change to the iOS 7 is Siri.
Apple’s intelligent virtual personal assistant and knowledge navigator received a complete design overhaul and has been given a fresher look with deeper device integration, an even wider range of plausible commands and source material, and substantial changes to Siri’s voice capabilities. However, the biggest news is that Apple ended its reliance on Google and replaced it with Microsoft Bing as the default search browser for Siri.
This comes as no shock to many users – since the i0S 6 deprecated built-in apps for YouTube and Google Maps, Apple has been working hard to distance itself from Google. It appears that the Bing integration is just the ticket.
What not to expect with the iOS 7 update
Apple may constantly strive for perfection, but that doesn’t mean it is a perfect platform. iOS 6 still has a few issues and bugs that need ironing out, and it is likely that the iOS 7 will face the same obstacles. Those looking for a flawless release will be disappointed, as it is expected that there will be minor problems installing the new software.
Other criticisms of the iOS 7 include that it is still bland in comparison to Android, and there is still no third-party sharing.
Are you looking forward to the new iOS 7 update? What do you think of the shift from Google to Bing for Siri? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!