11 jaw-dropping features of Apple iOS 7

Apple calls its new iOS 7 the biggest update to the iPhone ever. It's not kidding.

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When Tim Cook placed Jony Ive in charge of iOS development, many speculated about what changes the esteemed London-born industrial designer would bring. After all, with over 600 million iOS devices sold and 50 billion apps downloaded, iOS is a thriving software ecosystem in its own right.

Now we know: iOS7 represents, according to Cook, the biggest software update ever. From a different aesthetic to a new multitasking system, the changes are many. That Ive and team went in a different direction with iOS7's looks should come as little surprise to those who know Ive or follow Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) closely. Ive was reportedly not a fan of "skeuomorphism," the design philosophy that led to digital representations of real-world items, like the reel-to-reel tape deck previously found in Apple's podcast app. After six years, most users should be pretty familiar with how iOS works without such visual cues.

Here's a look at many of the new features users will discover this fall.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated June 11 2013 07:48 AM ET
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