Updated: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:00:00 GMT | By Dan Sung
iOS 7: New iPad and iPhone features to look forward to

OS 7: New iPad and iPhone features to look forward to



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Your iPhone and iPad are about to get better. Apple boss Tim Cook and his troops have announced iOS 7 - the new software that will be hitting devices everywhere, both old and new, as of Wednesday 18 September 2013. Everyone using either an iPad 2 or iPhone 4 upwards or the iPod 5th generation will be able to get the update for free and there’s all sorts of interesting apps and services to look forward to.

iOS 7 marks probably the biggest software change for the iPhone and pals since their first creation, and there's quite a lot of new bits and bobs to get used to. So, why not hit the ground running and check out the top new iPhone features and iPad details here with us before you're dropped right in at the deep end. Here's what to look forward to while you're waiting for that download to install.

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iOS 7: New iPad and iPhone features to look forward toWhat your Apple is going to look likeWhat your Apple is going to look likeDan Sung2013-06-11T04:30:002013-09-18T15:00:00channeltechOS 7: New iPad and iPhone features to look forward toYour iPhone and iPad are about to get better. Apple boss Tim Cook and his troops have announced iOS 7 - the new software that will be hitting devices everywhere, both old and new, as of Wednesday 18 September 2013. Everyone using either an iPad 2 or iPhone 4 upwards or the iPod 5th generation will be able to get the update for free and there’s all sorts of interesting apps and services to look forward to.iOS 7 marks probably the biggest software change for the iPhone and pals since their first creation, and there's quite a lot of new bits and bobs to get used to. So, why not hit the ground running and check out the top new iPhone features and iPad details here with us before you're dropped right in at the deep end. Here's what to look forward to while you're waiting for that download to install.Please click on the image above to view the rest of the storytopiOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)New look and feelProbably the most impressive thing about iOS 7 is the way it looks and feels. It’ll be like having a brand new device, if all the hype is to believed. The complete redesign brings users a new colour palette and more up to date looking icons and all of it is based on adding depth.The idea is that your wallpaper, or whatever you have in the background, will always come through to an extent with the layer of information on top more translucent than before. When you move and tilt the phone, the background will move too to add to that sense of depth too.It’s cleaner, simpler and it just looks damned sexy. Trust us on this one. It’s got the world wowed.topiOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)iOS 7 design(©Apple)Side swipe gestureWe’ve all got used to pinch and zoom but there’s a new gesture to try in iOS 7. A swipe from one side of the screen to the other will move you back and forward through the user interface. Now, that has a different effect depending upon what you’re doing or looking at.If you’re browsing, it will move you back and forward through the web pages. If you’re in the music player, it will take you through songs. If you’re messaging, it will cycle through different conversations, and, if you’re using the Mail app, it will bring up more options for each email you’re viewing.topSide swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Side swipe gesture(©Apple)Notifications Centre revampThe two major changes to the iPhone and iPad Notifications Centre - the pull down list of happenings that you access with a downward swipe from the top of the screen - look to be making this a feature that’s going to be increasingly hard to ignore.First of all, you’ll be able to open it straight from the lock screen without having to going into the phone first - handy for a quick glance at what’s going on. Probably more interesting, though, are the Today and Tomorrow sections of the Centre which bring you a detailed diary-type view of what’s going on in your life right now. You'll also have a Missed tab telling you about any alerts that you've received specifically in the last 24 hours.It pulls in information from your calendar, weather and other apps to offer instant access to your events, meetings and even the traffic on your way to work. All of that with one quick swipe.topiOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Notifications Centre(©Apple)Control CentreAn entire new addition to your iPhone and iPad is going to be the iOS 7 Control Centre. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen wherever you are in the OS and you’ll get a panel of useful actions at your fingertips.There are connectivity settings, brightness controls, media buttons and quick access apps for your camera and calculator as well as a built-in torch mode. You’ll also be able to turn AirPlay on and off, and AirDrop too - more on AirDrop in a moment.So, whether it’s toggling your Wi-Fi or switching to Airplane Mode, swipe up and Control Centre will have you covered.topiOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)iOS 7 Control Centre(©Apple)AirDrop sharingSharing your photos, videos and everything else with friends that you’re with at the moment can be a bit of a bore. AirDrop is the addition to your iPhone and iPad that has been designed to make things easy.Open the app up and you’ll get a view of other AirDrop users nearby. Then all you have to do is select who you want to receive your content and it shoots on over for them to accept. You don’t need a local Wi-Fi internet connection to get it to work either. Your two devices will set up a mini temporary network between them to make it possible, and that’s all without any of the tedious pairing, passwords, setting up or bumping that has accompanied much of this kind of sharing until now.The only downside is that AirDrop will only work with iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad 4, 5th generation iPod touch and above. A really handy addition nonetheless.topAirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)AirDrop(©Apple)Better browsing with iOS 7 SafariWhat Apple has termed the most popular mobile browser is coming with a very decent upgrade for iOS 7. Along with all the look and feel boosts one would expect so far, there’s some nice new features for the Safari web software too.Tabbed browsing has made a leap. Much like Android, the tabs themselves are organised more like three-dimensional cards for you to cycle through and swipe away as you no longer need. There’s also no upper limit of having just 8 tabs at any one time any more.There’s a full screen interface with your browser now virtually edge-to-edge meaning that there’s more to look at. The search bar at the top is also smarter and your favourite pages and bookmarks get a new view all of their own.topSafari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)Safari iOS 7(©Apple)iCloud KeychainOne very interesting, if slightly worrying, addition to your iPhone and iPad experience is a feature Apple calls iCloud Keychain. It’s a username and password manager for all of your web services and apps. It remembers them all and automatically inputs them each time you need to so that you never have to head-scratch again.What’s more, it will also automatically create them for you and come up with far more complicated and hard to crack versions as it does so. All of the information is backed up in your iCloud for whenever you need to wipe or buy a new device. You’ll be able to get them all straight back again.The only concern is if a bunch of hackers are able to get into the iCloud Keychain servers. There’d be a gold mine of information just waiting for them.topiCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)iCloud Keychain(©Apple)Improved SiriThe Siri voice-activated phone manager hasn’t exactly taken the iPhone-using world by storm. It’s of little surprise that there’s some new additions to it in iOS 7 to try to make it more relevant.Twitter and Wikipedia have been brought on board to bring you more information about what people are saying and what things around you are. If that’s not enough - and it probably isn’t - then Siri has now got a more human and softer set of male and female voices for each language. Probably the real bonus, though, is that Siri does not have to be connected to the internet for it to work. Granted, you probably won't get access to the full suite of results when offline but it's far better than nothing.topiOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 Siri(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos appsThe camera app and photo viewer look a whole lot better in iOS 7. You can side-swipe with the new gesture between camera and video and, of course, Apple’s not ignored the huge popularity of Instagram and other photo apps and has integrated a heap of photo filters to apply to your snaps.When it comes to viewing them, the Photo Stream is more than just a massive list of thumbnails. They are now automatically grouped by time and by location as to create mini albums without you having to do the work yourself. Another nice touch.Sharing your captures and recordings is also far easier now too. You can share snaps with other people's Photo Streams and share video using iCloud.topiOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iOS 7 camera and photos app(©Apple)iTunes RadioLike the rest of the apps, Music looks a whole lot better than it did before. The big change, however, is the addition of a radio service that is all about discovery. Think Last.fm.At no extra cost, you’ll be able to choose an artist and play a radio stream of one of their tracks followed by a whole load of other tracks from similar bands and singers. It’s, of course, then entirely up to you should you wish to buy the songs later from the iTunes Store. You can also Like and Dislike each one to ensure you hear similar music or never have it played again.The iTunes Radio streams will have adverts in them unless you’re an iTunes Match subscriber in which case they will not. The idea here isn’t anything revolutionary but it’s a neat way for Apple to bring it all in house and make music discovery easier for users to access.The bad news? It'll only be available in the US to begin with.topiTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)iTunes Radio(©Apple)Improved App StoreThe iTunes App Store is promised to be a little easier to navigate and access than before. Apple has added a way to categorise apps by age group. So, for example, parents will be able to search for apps specifically designed for their 2-4-year-olds or such.Another nice touch is that you’ll be able to filter apps by what’s popular with users around you. So, if you come to London, you might find some city guides, Tube maps and apps that review restaurants and bars, and so forth. Look out for the obviously-titled Popular Apps Near Me.topiOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)iOS 7 App Store(©Apple)Full multitaskingOne feature that Android had over iPhone for a long time was multitasking - the ability to run two apps or more at the same time. Apple addressed that to some degree by allowing a lot of them to do so. Double click the Home button on your iPad or iPhone and you’ll see what we mean.Multitasking is set not only to look much better in iOS 7 but also to work for every single app and with maximum battery economy in mind. In other words, it’s not going to chow through your power if you use it. Instead of popping up as little icons at the bottom of the screen, you’ll now see cards with live information that you can flick through. Again, much more like Android.topiOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS 7 multitasking(©Apple)iOS in the carFor the first time, Apple has worked with a host of car manufactures to provide proper iPhone, iPod and iPad integration with models set to ship in 2014. You’ll get messages, maps, music and phone calls, and all controlled with your voice through Siri - perhaps a decent use of it at last.Look out for cars with iOS coming from Honda, Nissan, Jaguar, Ferrari, Volvo, Kia, Mercedes and more.topiOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)iOS in the car(©Apple)Activation LockiOS 7 takes safety and security on a step further with Activation Lock. The Find My Phone feature already allows users to log on to a computer and see where they’ve left their device. Activation Lock provides a way to keep it from getting accessed at all.Anyone who ‘acquires’ your iPhone will need to be able to activate it once more by using your iCloud username and password if they try to disable the Find My Phone feature. Even if they completely wipe the phone, it will not be possible for them to get back in unless they know those details.topiPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)iPhone Activation Lock(©Apple)More game controller supportIt’s not always easy to play your favourite games using just the accelerometer and the frustrations of on-screen, touch controls are well documented for more complicated titles. Apple has sought to smooth this out by adding more support for third party iPhone, iPod and iPad game controllers in iOS 7.In other words, it’s going to be easier to get hold of Bluetooth gamepads and the like to use for your mobile fun. That should mean more games, more involved gameplay and fewer of those moments when you scream at your phone claiming that you touched that button in time.topInfinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Infinity Blade 3(©Apple)Touch IDOne of the headline features of the iPhone 5S, Touch ID is sadly not an available software feature of any other iOS 7 devices at present but expect that to change as new Apple kit comes out.Touch ID is a fingerprint scanner attached to the home button of your phone. It makes sure that only your finger on that button can unlock and use the phone but, more interesting and useful is that you can set it such that only a scan of your finger can confirm downloads and in-app purchases. Very handy (pun intended) if you wish to make sure your kids can’t rack up an enormous iTunes bill without you knowing.Touch ID gets more accurate at correctly reading your print and it can also store the images of multiple fingers, and that could mean both yours and those of others that you don’t mind using your iPhone.topTouch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Touch ID(©Apple)Trusted DevicesAnother security feature to woo the enterprise departments and paranoid alike is Trusted Devices. This is a simple check that will occur when you plug an unlocked gadget running iOS 7 into a computer.If you select Trust, then that computer can access the data on the phone or tablet. If not, then the Apple device will just treat that machine as a power source and nothing more. It’s a good way to stop people ripping top secret information from your iPhone.topTrusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Trusted Devices(©Neosmart)Dynamic WallpapersiOS has always been a step behind Android when it comes to customisation but this latest release narrows the gap just a tiny bit more with the addition of live wallpapers which Apple is calling Dynamic Wallpapers. In short, these are home screen backgrounds that move and are interactive.There are just seven too choose from initially and all use the internal gyroscope and accelerometers to react to what you’re doing with the phone. Panorama shots taken with the iPhone’s camera will also move depending upon which way the user is facing.Hardware limitations mean that Dynamic Wallpapers aren’t available on the iPhone 4.topDynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Dynamic Wallpapers(©Apple)Scan into PassbookPassbook is Apple’s app that allows you to store the details and membership numbers of your shop cards, discount codes, flying club credentials and all sorts. Instead of carrying a lot of plastic around with you, you can just use the information on your iPhone to bleep in when you next need them.That works very nicely where available but the problem is that it’s something of a hassle to get your account details into the app in the first place. iOS 7 brings a QR scanner to Passbook that means you can use the phone’s camera to scan in your credentials from membership cards. A small addition but sometimes it’s those little differences that count.topPassbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Passbook(©Apple)Quicker access to SpotlightSpotlight is Apple’s universal device search that you find at the very left of your iOS experience. It’s the field you see when you run out of apps. The trouble is that it can be a bit of a pain to get to if you’ve got an app grid longer than your arm.iOS 7 has changed the access to Spotlight by allowing a pull down gesture from any screen to take you straight there. Don’t use Spotlight much? Well, you might now.topSpotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)Spotlight iPhone(©YouTube)...and moreThose are the biggest features to look forward to in iOS 7 but there will be a few more that you'll have to discover for yourself. There's little details like FaceTime audio, Long MMS support, message blocking, WiFi HotSpot 2.0, Notifications Sync and smart download of TV episodes that Apple hasn't really talked about and nobody has had time to explore. Make sure to add your tips for iOS 7 in the comments below.topiOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)iOS 7 features(©Apple)Download and install!Remember, anyone with an iPhone 4, iPad 2 and iPad mini or later can get iOS 7 on their device for free, as can users of the iPad mini and 5th generation iPod touch. It's a good idea to back up your device before you download the update, just in case, although this should be an automatic part of the process.Plug your Apple gadget into your laptop, fire up iTunes and away you go. A few cups of tea later and it should all be done.topiOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)iOS 7(©Apple)

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