iOS 7 update available 18 September

The iOS 7 update for iPhones and iPads has been given its full reveal today, with new features on show and word that the free update will be available from 18 September.

The iOS 7 update for iPhones and iPads has been given its full reveal today, with new features on show and word that the free update will be available from 18 September.

iOS 7 is now ready for prime time.(Credit: Apple)

One of the reveals at today's iPhone launch event was that iOS 7 is a native 64-bit system in conjunction with the new A7 chip, which is also a 64-bit processor. iOS7 will seamlessly support older 32-bit apps as well as 64-bit apps.

iOS 7 was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this year, and has been through a number of beta updates for developers since that time. It is described as the biggest update to iOS since the original iPhone. The new operating system features many new design cues, with a "flat" interface styling that replaces Apple's more traditional style of using real-world materials as textures and layers in its software.

iOS 7 is available two days before the release of Apple's two new iPhones, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C , which go on sale in Australia on 20 September.

 

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