The largest overhaul yet of the Apple mobile operating system will come with the new iOS 7. The new system is already causing a divide in the Apple community. There are the users who love their current iOS version and are reluctant to embrace any change, while other users are eagerly awaiting the new system and are excited to see the changes.
These relatively diminutive additions and tweaks have already captured the hearts of some users, even though they don’t deal with any of the large-scale changes that are typically touted on the commercials for the latest iPhone. While there won’t likely be a smarter Siri or apps that update themselves, these changes will most likely be just as important in the final tally.
Folders Get an Update
When folders were first introduced on iOS, many users were ecstatic. Gone were the pages upon pages of apps, but in their place, users soon realized they had pages upon pages of folders, instead. This is due to the folders only holding a specific amount of apps. In iOS 7, folders will be equipped with pages that can be flipped through, finally allowing all of your related apps to be in one folder.
Compare and Contrast
If you’ve ever had trouble reading your lock screen clock due to interference from a specific wallpaper, iOS 7 has fixed that for you. The new version monitors the background brightness and automatically adjusts the color of the font. Shading will be employed around text, enabling it to be more clearly defined in low contrast areas. The font will also switch from black to white, depending on the background wallpaper that is selected. This may be one of the most helpful (and most easily overlooked) new features.
Safari Gets a Touch-Up
There’s nothing really wrong with the way Safari handles multiple tabs, but it is a less aesthetically pleasing than it could be. That problem is solved in iOS 7 with a wonderfully smooth tab switching upgrade that makes closing unwanted tabs easier and faster, while allowing you to snap to the tab you want with no fuss. Its buttons also get a bit of a tweak; they’ve been redesigned to feature icons rather than the labels present in previous versions.
Lock Screen Improvements
The familiar “slide to unlock” feature gets a makeover. The highlight color will now be presented as a shifting color and there’s a new arrow that makes the feature a bit easier to see. The arrow located at the top of the screen for the Notification Center has been transformed into a rounded linear shape.
Control Center Gets Easier Access
It’s easier than ever to access Control Center in iOS 7. Just make a quick swipe up from any page for immediate access to activate Airplane mode, switch wi-fi on and off or access any other Control Center option. You can even do this from the lock page, making access to Control Center actions more convenient and less time consuming.
Notification Center Employs Swiping Accessibility
The major change for the Notification Center comes in the form of being able to swipe between notifications by when they were received. This includes being able to switch between “today,” “all” and “missed.” This option makes it easier to look over older notifications that may have been buried in the previous version, as well as allowing for greater organization.
Multitasking Taken to a Whole New Level
The way you multitask is about to change, too. The new version of iOS will be able to learn about when you typically use your apps, automatically updating the content for those apps prior to the time when you usually launch them. Pressing the home button twice allows you to see preview screens of any apps you have open. Updates become less of a battery drain and more convenient with iOS 7. The new iOS will schedule any updates at times when the iPhone is already on and connected to a wi-fi source, resulting in less downtime and better battery usage.
AirDrop Comes to iOS 7
AirDrop is available for the first time on an iOS platform. You can share virtually any type of document without e-mail or text. AirDrop allows sharing of documents between users via wi-fi and Bluetooth. You won’t have to set anything up to start sharing and your files are encrypted for security. You can choose to share your file with a single recipient or send it to an entire group. You’re automatically visible, but you can become invisible to anyone or everyone with a quick visit to the Control Center.
Many Other Features Get an Upgrade in iOS 7
From mail to photos and far beyond, there are many tweaks to existing features that make them more accessible and user-friendly. The phone buttons get a makeover and so does the camera. Sharing gets easier via iCloud and you’ll also have access to an iCloud “key-chain,” an encrypted and very secure service that can remember your passwords for any site you visit. There’s also an option for password generation, where Safari makes a hard-to-guess password and even remembers it for you.
Apple Fans Anticipate Roll-out
The new version of the popular Apple mobile operating service is eagerly awaited by scores of Apple fans. New versions of old features are creating a lot of excitement with the select few who have the beta version and Apple’s new iOS 7 seems to be a slam-dunk before it even arrives.