At the end of the 2013 WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled iOS 7, the most significant re-vamp of the OS in six years. Most noticeable is the new design. Like it or not, Jon Ive has left his mark all over that fire hydrant. Beyond the design redesign a bunch of other things got updated, added, or borrowed from other mobile operating systems.
Anywho, here’s a list of features you probably already heard about, and a short list of features that may never make headlines.
Probably heard about these:
- Notification Center. More notifications presented in different ways. See what’s going on today or take a peek at tomorrow, see all of your app notifications, or check out the ones you missed.
- Control Center. Quickly access toggles for Airplane mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, screen rotation, AirDrop, and AirPlay. AND, quickly access controls for volume, Music player, flashlight, timer, calculator, and camera. It’s really similar to the Cydia apps, Auxo and SB Settings.
- AirDrop. Share photos (and potentially other files) via AirDrop (over Bluetooth and Wifi).
- iTunes Radio. It’s like Pandora and Spotify only it’s called iTunes Radio (and it’s ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers).
- “True” Multitasking with previews. Apple said they have figured out how to prioritize tasks and keep them running in the background. Their solution looks a lot like the sliding panels from webOS.
- Camera App. Now you can take square photos and use live filters. Or, you can just keep using Instagram.
- Dynamic Clock. The clock shows the actual time and the second hand moves. Just turn on zoom, triple pinch, and squint away!
- Photos app redesign. Instead of having a big long collage of photos, the new Photos app groups your pics into “moments” and allows for better sharing options (including AirDrop, Flickr, and Vimeo).
- Safari redesign. Added iCloud keychain for passwords and credit cards, a password generator, changed the layout of open pages, and removed the limit on the number of open pages (among other enhancements).
- Auto-update. Apps get updated automatically. Great if the update is supposed to be pushed out, bad if an update gets posted that isn’t supposed to get downloaded.
- Unlimited pages in folders. Yep, add as many apps as you’d like to a folder that fits 9 on a page.
- Block calls. You can block people from texting or calling you. Sorry mom!
- This list is getting too long. Go read an even longer one at GottaBeMobile.
Probably didn’t hear about these:
More things to do with photos from the photos app.
Notifications for AMBER and Emergency alerts.
App Store Wishlist.
NO VIBRATE ON SILENT!
You can put Newsstand in a folder.
iCloud video sharing
[imagine a screenshot of a video being uploaded to iCloud. Pretty sweet, eh?]
Couple more pennies of thought
First. I’m glad to see the new (to) iOS 7 features. Sure, other systems have had similar features for a while, but iOS has ‘em now and that’s pretty cool. I’m not huge on the icons, but they’re a step in the…errr…a direction. Apple is thinking more about how iOS devices will integrate with desktops and laptops (and dare I say the PC). This is both promising and welcome.
Second. iOS 7 is available for developers (like I’m trying to be b/c I’m trying to make my books into iOS apps), and won’t be available for the general public until the fall. So if you do go to a site like imzdl.com, purchase a UDID registration, and install iOS 7 BETA you are not allowed to complain about any app not working because iOS 7 is in BETA! If you want some of the features and don’t mind jailbreaking your phone check out Lifehacker. If you just want to see the features for yourself go visit Apple’s iOS 7 preview page.
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