iOS 7

iOS 7

So, you’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new iOS 7 software from Apple and finally, it’s here. After much deliberation, we have put together a list of some of our favourite features and how to access them.

First up, is the new speedy method for accessing the phone’s search capabilities. There’s not much to explain here, simply swipe down through the middle of the screen and there you’ll find the search tab. There’s also a nifty swipe option for bringing up some important menu options. (previously located in the settings menu) By swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a number of menu options available to you including airport mode, brightness, wi-fi features, volume, a calculator and a new feature, a torch!  Two things to note here.  First up, it took a few attempts to get the hang of swiping upwards, however, I found that the nearer to the home button you go, the more accurate it is.  Secondly, this menu of features WILL be available with the screen lock on so you might want to change your settings if need be.

Staying on the topic of swiping, a new feature that I like is the ability to close your browsing pages through swiping – merely swipe the tabs away to the left.  A similar process is now available for closing apps.  If you’re like me you’ll find the previous process of closing your applications a monotonous and time consuming one.  To close your apps, double tap the home button and then swipe the app’s screenshot upwards until it disappears off the screen.

One feature many people may be glad to see is in terms of usage.  User’s can now see how much data various apps are using.  To access this information, go to Settings, Cellular and from here, scroll down to the bottom of the screen where you can see which apps have used which data. Additionally, you can block any app from using any data. (helpful for anyone with a smaller data plan)

iOS 7 has a peculiar, but I suppose practical feature – A built-in bubble level. I may have found this strange at first, but I’ve already utilised this today, so who knows! (You can access this feature through the compass app.)

Siri has a few new features to offer.  One that stands out is that you can now post to facebook via the voice recognition software – a simple yet handy feature all the same. Siri also offers some new booking and reservation features which you’ll find through trial and error.

Next up, SMS. A new feature for messaging is time stamping. As the name suggests you can now see the times as to when a message has been sent as opposed to before where you would simply see the initial time only.

If you are into your quirky ringtones and new wallpapers then you may like some of the new ones that iOS 7 has to offer.  One thing to watch out for is that your alarm tone may default to the iPhone’s tones throughout the upgrade.  Remember to change your alarm if need be as we saw lot’s of tweets this morning about people sleeping in as a result. (any excuse)

And finally, the camera.  The iOS 7 has some new easy to access camera features including square and panoramic options. There is also an instagram like feature that you can use whilst taking pictures and videos. Other than that, it’s much the same.

Overall, we are liking the new software.  The functionality of the iOS 7 is more pleasing than it is aesthetically but all in all, it gets a thumbs up from us.

That’s just some of the features we have come across so far but we’d love to hear if you have found any other ones.

Comment’s as always below, until next time!