Published on June 11th, 20130
New iOS7 update
- iOS 7 has a new font leading the way, which seems to be a sort of Helvetica Neue Ultra.
- Network coverage will now be shown using 5 dots instead of the white bars.
- The lock screen is changed for the first time in iOS’s history, with no more shine top or bottom bars for slide to unlock or the clock. Instead, Slide to unlock is translucent above the background image.
- Default app icons are now flatter.
- The apps have a white base, except for the stocks app which has a black background and the weather app, which shows motion in the background to convey the current weather.
- The keyboard is more white, than grey and translucent.
- Control Center is a pull-up tray that is available in your lock screen.
- Adjust brightness, volume, and other settings including Wifi, Airplane mode, rotation lock, or Bluetooth.
- New flashlight, tabs for music, camera, and other quick-access apps.
- iOS 7 lets you multitask between all third-party apps with much better battery consumption.
- You can double-tap the home button to enter into multi-tasking mode, just like always, but the interface for multitasking has been revamped. It appears to offer live previews, but Apple wasn’t clear about that.
- Safari opens straight into full screen mode.
- The search field has been improved to be a unified smart search field, giving you access to all your favorite websites with a single tap.
- Tabs come with a new interface, scrolling in a vertical carousel, and there are no longer any limits.
- The new Safari is integrated with iCloud keychain from OS X Mavericks, and also comes with parental controls.
- You can share sharesheets with other people by simply tapping their name. No NFC required.
- Airdrop supports iPhone 5, iPad 4th gen, iPad Mini
CAMERA AND PHOTOS
- The Camera app lets you swipe between your various camera types, such as panorama or HDR so you can quickly take a picture.
- Photos marks the first update to the photo gallery on iOS since it was introduced.
- You can search based on date, and location, within the photos app.
- Instagram must be flattered — Apple has introduced photo filters so you can add a little professionalism to the picture.
- Users can share via AirDrop, iCloud photo-sharing, as well as shared Photo Streams.
- You can even share video with iCloud photo-sharing.
- Siri has a new voice! Voices include languages like French, German, and other languages “over time.”
- The visual UI has also been upgraded, with a sound wave going along the bottom.
- Siri has also been integrated with settings, letting you tell her to turn on bluetooth, or lower the screen brightness.
- The company has also added support for Twitter, Wikipedia, and shows web search results direct from Bing.
IOS IN THE CAR
- iOS in the Car is heavily dependant on Siri.
- It puts the iOS homescreen on the screen of your car, and lets you search for directions, listen to music, etc.
- You can now search for apps based on location. In other words, search for apps by the Louvre and see a lot of French museum apps.
- The App Store also automatically updates apps for you in the background now. Hallelujah again!
- Apple has introduced iTunes Radio, which gives a Genius-like experience to the entire 26-million title iTunes catalog.
- You can see the full list of songs on each station by clicking history, with purchase and preview buttons built right in to send you to the iTunes store.
- iTunes Radio also lets you customise each station by clicking a star to show that you want more of this type of music.
- iTunes Match users will get an ad-free experience, but others will be able to use the app for free with a few audio and text ads.
- This is for those of us who have had an iPhone stolen.
- If your phone is stolen and Find My iPhone is turned off, they can no longer turn the device back on without your iCloud password.
- Users can also block messages and calls from other users.