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Why iOS 7 will kill some apps (and make others stronger)

Leah Yamshon | June 13, 2013
There's a lot to be excited about after Monday's announcement of iOS 7. Flashy new design! Panels! Automatic app updates! Voice calls over FaceTime! Such system-wide changes aside, some of the biggest changes to iOS are found in Apple's own mobile apps. Several of the stock Apple apps for iOS are being revamped, gaining new features and deeper integration with the Apple ecosystem.

The new version of Camera will come with only nine filters to start--a modest collection when compared to those dedicated utilities--but they can be used with Camera's other settings and shooting styles. Photo enthusiasts will want to hold on to more professional photo apps, such as Camera+ or Camera Awesome, which include a bevy of camera settings and shooting modes that Camera doesn't offer. However, casual photographers will likely find Camera to be a joy to use. Lesser-known filter apps, such as Pixlr-o-matic, Camera Bag, and PhotoToaster, face some tough times ahead.

Password management
OS X Mavericks, the next installment of Apple's non-mobile operating system, will include a new feature called iCloud Keychain, Apple's solution to multiple password management. iCloud Keychain will remember website logins, credit card information (but not your security code), and Wi-Fi logins, and will integrate with Safari on your Mac. Safari will remember your password for you, or autosuggest a new password, and then sync it to your unique Keychain. iCloud Keychain syncs all of this information across all of your devices--including those running iOS--encrypted and securely.

This could create some steep competition for third-party password management software developers.

Until now, Mac users have largely had to rely on password managers--like 1Password--to store and sync our passwords, but now we'll have an alternative that doesn't cost anything extra. (1Password, on the other hand, costs $25 for Mac and $9 for iOS.) Though third-party password managers offer additional features--they work with multiple browsers, for example, and provide different ways to create secure passwords--many standard Mac and iOS users will probably find that iCloud Keychain suits their needs just fine.

Innovation is key
Users who already have these third-party apps installed might be inclined to keep them around, but also might find that they don't use those apps as often once iOS 7 comes along. My guess is that these types of apps will see fewer App Store downloads after the launch of iOS 7 later this year--if their developers stand still and make no dramatic changes to their apps. But by the same token, these new standard Apple features could also inspire those same third-party developers to innovate and make their existing apps better to remain competitive.

 

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