Apple overhauls iOS with a cleaner look, launches new music streaming service
Apple on Monday unveiled a fresh new version of its mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads that will sport a cleaner design and bring a host of new features, including a new music streaming service called iTunes Radio.
Ditching its signature glossy and heavily textured interface found on the previous version of the operating system, iOS 7 - the latest version - has a much "flatter" design. The interface now features more solid colours and cleaner lines - similar to what is seen on the latest Android and Windows devices. The iBooks store for example, will lose its wooden bookshelf for a cleaner translucent grid.
The company also launched its free new music streaming service. Built into its music software, iTunes Radio allows users to create "stations" based on artistes or genres. Similar to Pandora, it takes one's music tastes into account in order to play tracks. It will only initially be available in the US later this year and will use both text and audio ads to support the free streaming.
The company said it will bring the service to other countries subsequently. Google recently also launched its version of music streaming called All Access, but is also not available in Singapore. Swedish company Spotify is though.