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What’s New with iOS 7

iOS users, rejoice! The day has finally come. On September 18th, Apple released its new iOS 7 software update, making it available to download both Over-The-Air and via iTunes. iOS 7 brings a newly re-designed user interface and adds several new features to iOS devices. If you’re wondering what’s new with iOS 7, then wonder no more! Below, I have summed up some of the key features found on the new software update!

Control Centre

The Control Centre

One of the major features added with iOS 7 is the Control Centre, which gives iOS users quick access to frequently used settings like WI-FI, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, and Camera. Plus, there are additional settings such as Flashlight mode (for using your flash as a flashlight) and Do Not Disturb Mode (for silencing your phone during the movies). The control Centre can be accessed by simply swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

Multitasking

Improved Multitasking

With iOS 7, Apple has revamped Multitasking completely. Now, instead of just showing icons of the open apps, iOS users will also see a thumbnail of the running applications and have the option to switch between apps or the option to close them out completely. To use the Multitasking feature, double tap on the home button. This will display a list of the running apps. From the list you can then switch apps or close them out by holding the thumbnail and swiping up.

Camera Filters

Filters in the Camera App

Several new features have been added to the camera app on iOS 7. One of the coolest features added are filters, which allow ios users to spruce up their pictures. The available filters include Mono, Tonal, Noir, Fade, Chrome, Process, Transfer and Instant. These filters can easily be accessed by pressing the three dot filter icon in the camera app, and they can be added before or after taking a picture. It is important to note that for iPhone devices, these filters are only available for iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c. For devices such as the iPhone 4 and 4s, users will need to continue using a 3rd party application such as Instagram.

AirDrop

AirDrop

Another popular feature in iOS 7 is AirDrop, which lets users share photos and videos with other iOS 7 users. To use Airdrop, you will need to enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Airdrop from the Control Centre.  After turning on AirDrop, you will have the choice to make yourself discoverable to everyone or only to other iOS 7 users in your contacts. Once those settings are enabled, you can then share a photo by opening up the image in the Photos App, pressing the share button in the lower left corner, and then choosing the device in which you would like to share the photo.  The AirDrop feature is only available for iPhone 5 devices and up.

Activation Lock

Activation Lock

Last but not least, there is the Activation Lock Feature, which makes it more difficult for people to sell your iPod, iPad, or iPhone device, if it’s lost or stolen. Once it’s enabled, the iOS device cannot be re-activated unless the original owner signs in with their Apple ID and password. It really is a great security feature and should help deter thefts of iOS devices. For iPhone devices, the feature is integrated into the ‘Find My iPhone’ application. So, If you ever want to disable or verify it’s enabled, you can do so under Settings>iCloud>Find My iPhone. A word of wisdom though, if you do wish to disable the feature, you will want to make sure to remember your Apple ID and password as it cannot be disabled without it

…And More

Those are just a few of the key features that come with iOS 7, and there are many more that could be added to the list.

So, Let us know, what is your favorite new feature in iOS 7?

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2 Comments

  • Mark Batog

    I find it very interesting that all of these apps/features of ios7 have been available on Android devices for years now. Are the high and mighty Apple users and the company that they are a slave to actually still thinking they have the best most innovative smartphones? Also, iOS7 has done nothing but force 4 & 4s users to start thinking about a new phone since downloading this upgrade; because you got a note from Apple that it is available is a big mistake. It can render a 4 almost useless. Please consider moving away from Apple and getting an android and know what a smart phone can really do. Send a message to your captures and unchain yourself from corporate bondage. Unless that’s something you like. Is there an app for that?

    • Thomas Rhea

      I must disagree. I have an iPhone 5 running ios 7 and I love it. Yes it’s true that Androids have similar apps/features, but Apple is still innovative with its iSO 7 update. – Just look at the activation lock feature. This feature is only available on iPhones. If your android is stolen, it would be super easy for someone to perform a hardware reset on it and re-activate it, whereas my iPhone 5 is linked to my iCloud account and therefore blocked from being re-activated by Apple servers unless signed in with my Apple id/password. And yes some 4/4s users have experienced issues with the update, but some problems are expected with major upgrades. Let’s not forget what Android 4.3 did to nexus 4 and 7 devices!