Should you upgrade to iOS 7?Apple's newest operating system brings a clean, modern, and flat look to iPhones and iPads. CNET's Josh Lowensohn explains how Siri has been revamped and how controls are more easily accessible, and why some people should wait to update the OS.
-Hello, and welcome to Inside Scoop, I'm Sumi Das. And joining me is senior writer for CNET, Josh Lowensohn. Josh, thanks for being with us. -Good to be here. -Okay. Today is the day that a lot of people have been waiting for. It is September 18th and iOS 7 has just dropped. -It's here. -It's here. -It came out. -You've got it on your phone. -Yes, we do. All of us are installing it widely with reckless abandon. -Everybody is doing this in the office. I mean, it's really not a productive time right now. But, is it been a smooth release as far? -You know, it's really too early to tell. People are just installing it. You know, there have been some earlier reports from people who can't actually download it. That's probably more due to Apple servers I think this sort of installation. The Apple has actually one of the easiest jobs doing this compared to most hardware-makers 'cause they only have a limited amount of devices to kinda figure out before it goes out. -Okay. With iOS 7, you can immediately recognize the differences from iOS 6and the previous versions. There's more white space, it's Cleaner, font's are different. There's no skeuomorphic-- -Yeah. -design quality that we saw before. So, how would you describe it? -Well, the big main new feature is how it looks. They've added some new things, of course. But it's really a change in that old style. And like you said, the skeuomorphism, where things would maybe look like wood or, you know, you pull on the compass and then it would actually look like a real compass-- like those things are gone-- -Yeah. -for better or for worst. In some cases, it is a lot better and in some cases, they're just doesn't work as well as you think it does. -I'm wondering how Mom's gonna cope. -Yeah. -There's some very confusing things but for most people, when you open it up, everything is where it used to be. Everything still works like it used to for the most part and I think, you know, in a lot of ways, they've improved other things that used to be kind of pin-points things like switching quick settings like Wi-Fi and screen brightness. Those things are all much easier to get to, which is a good sign. -So let's talk about the major changes here. What are the most significant differences from the previous iOS? -Well, the biggest one is the new feature called Control Center, and this basically just a quick toggle, the same thing that Androids really have for a long time that lets you just quickly change the setting, something like turning a Wi-Fi on and off. -Right. -Or adjusting screen brightness. Those are the things that you-- -So you don't have to go sort of 5 screens deep to find something. -You just really have to dig for it so now it's much more present. That's one big one. The second big new feature is the Siri upgrade. They've really improved voices-- -She's much more efficient now and she's much more capable. I saw somebody using it and say, "Brighten my screen." And she actually did what she was supposed to. -Yeah, it definitely has more control over the hardware, where you can adjust things like screen brightness or turning Bluetooth off, things like that. But it's also more of an app. So if you look at something like the movie now, you can see the trailer. You can look at reviews. You can book Showtimes-- all without leaving the app. It's pretty impressive. Same thing goes for like web search results, which used to like kinda kick you out to Safari. So now it's a little bit less disjointed. -Okay. -Also there's male and female voices if you're into that. -Uh-huh. If you're into that. And then there's also iTunes Radio. -Yeah, this is a future that you have to have iTunes 7. But it's also ruling out to Apple TV and iTunes and this is basically just Apple's streaming music service. And if you're familiar with something like Pandora, the idea is pretty similar. You just kind have stations around artists and you can listen to free with ads or if you're a subscriber of iTunes Match, there's no ads. -Okay. Finally, is there anybody out there who should not upgrade, who should hold off on saying, "Yes, iOS 7"? -I think there's always people-- my brother is one of them. He tends to use a lot of apps that are very kind of, maybe they don't get upgrade or maybe they're very mission critical for him and he found that they didn't really work as well. So for people like that, if you really use your phone all the time, maybe it's just to wait to see if some of your apps that we're using right now are compatible before you jump in. -So actually, I do have one more question. Which, devices is iOS 7 compatible with? -Sure. It works with the iPhone 4 or later with the iPad 2 or later, with the 5th generation iPod Touch. -All right. -And there are some differences and things you can run like only the newer Apple device if you wanna use this new Air-Drop file sharing technology because that's really just a hardware feature, same thing with the Siri obviously, it's not gonna work on the iPad 2 or the iPhone 4. -Okay. All right, so that's iOS 7 for us. -Yeah. -We're all gonna go and play with it now. Josh, thank so much. -My pleasure. -For Inside Scoop, I'm Sumi Das. Thanks for watching.