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

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.

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  • AdamDivy
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    "iOS 7 will be available to iPhone 5 and 4S users..."


    From the "Live Blog"...


    10:17:25 AM PDT Coming to iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5th gen.


    I was thinking that would be a bad choice to only upgrade the 4S and not the 4. Slideshow says Iphone 4 and later.
    10 Sep 2013, 01:39 PM Reply Like
  • mostserene1
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    The next killer app will be a mechanical typewriter, with no battery necessary.
    10 Sep 2013, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • dgulick
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    So iOS7 (with their Pandora clone), plastic pastel colored iPhone 5C and incremental iPhone 5S (now in gold) w a better camera & a fingerprint reader. Market was hoping for more, AAPL -3%.
    10 Sep 2013, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • imac007
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    Surprise. History repeats.
    The 4S which is their most successful phone to date was met with the same drop in share price.
    The market was unimpressed with the release of Siri.
    A China deal and the fickle market pendulum will swing the other way.
    Somehow the 64 bit processor with twice the processing power and twice the graphics power and the M7 chip have been largely ignored. The processor adds capacity for more memory.
    And, the fingerprint sensor is a game changer.
    The 5S is better than I expected.
    iOS 7, is 64 bit as well. Converting Android to 64 bit will require, first, an available 64 bit processor, for mobile use, and second, time to completely rewrite open source code to accommodate it. And, are the Android OEM's going to want to rally around a single 64 bit processor.
    Android just met a major headwind.
    10 Sep 2013, 05:34 PM Reply Like
  • bhill2
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    I'm kind of surprised that the market wasn't more impressed with the fingerprint reader. Having been in the corporate world for many years, I would expect that they (as well as the government) would go crazy for it. Of course, that feature has been an open secret for a while, so it may already be priced in.
    10 Sep 2013, 04:16 PM Reply Like
  • dgulick
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    I dunno, my first thought was wondering if it was the default, and if so, how to disable it! Maybe it works great, but seems like something that might have technical problems/prone to fail and you wouldn't be able to make a phone call!


    Though if it works without a hitch, would definitely open up the digital wallet market.
    10 Sep 2013, 04:56 PM Reply Like
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