What You’ll Find as iOS 7 Rolls Out Today

Apple released the long-awaited iOS 7 today. Even though it's a major change to the iOS ecosystem, there are some things included in the new operating system that you can't see just by looking at it.

The biggest change -- which can be seen right away -- is that iOS 7 is colorful and almost all of the main applications look and act differently. Outside of that, there are actually some really important changes under the hood in iOS 7. Let's take a look.

AirDrop, Multitasking, and Siri

Many smartphones have begun offering local file sharing between devices but until now, Apple has not included any feature of that nature in iOS. That changes with the inclusion in iOS 7 of AirDrop, a feature which allows users to share files, photos, videos, contacts, etc., with other nearby iPhone users.

A lot of applications that allow local file sharing utilize WiFi, but AirDrop enables sharing over Bluetooth as well.

Multitasking has been a part of the iPhone feature set since iOS 4 was released, but limitations have made it hard for some applications to utilize. Now, Apple has loosened the reins on iOS multitasking, allowing more apps to run in the background, performing various tasks even when they are not open.

Just like with many of the other new features in iOS 7, the design for multitasking is completely different than it was in iOS 6. Instead of seeing a small row of icons near the bottom of your screen, double tapping the home button will pull up a card-based interface to browse through and see which applications are still open in the background.

When the Siri voice-command and response system launched with iOS 6, people thought it would change everything. Unfortunately, the features of the voice recognition service have been lackluster, and Siri's usefulness has been...

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