updated 06:00 pm EDT, Tue September 3, 2013
Upgrade expected to be unveiled with new iPhones on September 10
In a further sign that iOS 7 will be formally introduced alongside new iPhones at the now-official September 10 Apple media event in Cupertino, the company has updated all three of its iOS "iLife" applications -- iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband -- to address compatibility issues with the forthcoming update. Compatibility is the main fix listed in the description for all three of the apps, with the Garageband update adding a few bug fixes correcting "minor issues related to general performance and stability."
The release of iOS 7 will bring a significant number of under-the-hood changes alongside its major feature, which is a total redesign of the overall look of the OS. Rather than a mix of styles, the new release will give Apple's apps and the overall system a fresh, flat and more colorful look, emphasizing white and bright colors rather than dark tones and faux-3D or skeuomorphic themes. Despite this, the updated apps' icons and style appears the same at present, perhaps holding additional, new resources in hiding until the device is upgraded to iOS 7. The three updated iLife apps are still priced at $5 each.
Following the update, which is available now, iPhoto will be at version 1.1.1, iMovie at version 1.4.2, and Garageband at version 1.4.1. In addition to iOS 7, Apple is expected to roll out two new models of iPhone: the iPhone 5S, the normal successor to the iPhone 5, and the "iPhone 5C," a stripped-down version that may replace the iPhone 5 altogether and which features a plastic polycarbonate shell that is expected to be available in a variety of bright colors. Details on the differences, prices, availability and initial markets in which they will be available has yet to be confirmed -- though the iPhone 5S is expected to retain current iPhone pricing but add a number of advanced features, including a better camera, a fingerprint sensor in the home button, a faster processor and other enhancements.
Some analysts believe Apple will keep the popular iPhone 4S as a low-cost option, letting the iPhone 5C and 5S being the mid- and higher-end models. Others believe the iconic iPhone 4 design will finally be retired, and the iPhone 5C will be the least-expensive option, with the 5 and 5S taking the middle and top slots respectively. Also unknown is whether new iPad models will be announced, though current conventional wisdom has the tablets debuting later in September or early October.
Apple's iOS 7 update will bring users of the iPhone 4 and higher, iPad 2 and later and the fifth-generation iPod touch a wealth of new features, including a completely revamped and more accessible Control Center and Notification Center, redesigned multitasking, improved camera options and photo sorting, the new Airdrop file-transfer and sharing feature, an updated Mobile Safari, iTunes Radio and an improved Siri and Find My iPhone function.