Apple iPhone event underway; iOS 7 arriving on Sep. 18

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Apple (AAPL -0.1%) kicks off its iPhone event by declaring total iOS shipments will top 700M next month (Android activations just crossed 1B), and showing off additional iOS 7 features. (live blog)

Among other things, OS chief Craig Federighi talks up iOS 7's easier search menu access, improved multitasking tools, and new camera app features. He also notes Siri has been revamped (among other things, it can now be used to search Twitter), and officially announces the launch of iTunes Radilo. Pandora (P -1.4%) shares are ticking lower.

iOS 7 will be available to iPhone 5 and 4S users, as well as iPad Mini and 3rd and 4th-gen iPad users on Sep. 18. iPad 2 and iPhone 4 support will arrive later.

Also: Tim Cook has announced Apple's iWork productivity suite will now be provided for free with any new iOS device. That could go over well with enterprise buyers.