Posted by:Monica Samuel November 28th, 2013

The much talked about iOS 7 update has started filtering into iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices across the globe. Mobile app development teams and mobile app design teams are eager to get their hands on it. But, it’s triggering mixed reactions. The new interface has a lot of zooming in and out, panning and automation that’s nice for some but a little too zany for others.


Notwithstanding, here’s a recount of what Apple’s latest release is about:

  • Control Center: Swipe up from any screen to quickly access device functions such as Wi-Fi, orientation, airplane mode, Do Not Disturb; connect to AirPlay-enabled devices and access media control buttons.
  • More comprehensive Notification Center: Swipe down from any screen and get updates on missed calls, emails, to-do lists and a summary of today (weather, events, etc.) and a heads-up on tomorrow.
  • Multitasking in background and foreground: iOS 7 updates content automatically so that you always access updated feeds, etc. All open apps appear in a middle pane now from which you can swipe an app up and out to close it. The OS updates content on Wi-Fi networks so you save on battery and data plan.
  • Enhanced camera: The new camera supports still, video, panorama and ‘square’ shooting formats, filters on stills, etc.
  • Photo Library: Organize memories in Moments, Collections and Years. Share photos on iCloud and use Activity view to see the latest updates from all your shared streams in one place.
  • AirDrop: Share videos, photos, emails, contacts from your Apple device or an iOS app with other users via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
  • Safari: The new Safari interface provides a large viewing area with buttons and bars hidden till specifically accessed. Swipe to move web pages forward or backward, see the open pages in tab view, see links in your Twitter timeline, and swipe through your Reading List. The upcoming iCloud keychain, with 256-bit AES encryption, will store all your account names, credit card info, etc., for easy payments.
  • App Store: New features What’s popular near me? shows popular apps from your locality and Wish List lets you save apps to purchase later. The store supports automatic updates. You might want to turn that off in Settings to save battery.
  • Find my iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch: New security boosts: (a) Turning off Find My iPhone or erasing the device requires your Apple ID and password; (b) a customized message is displayed even after the device is erased; and (c) it cannot be reactivated without your Apple ID and password.
The latest OS update is compatible with iPhone 4 and above, iPod Touch 5th Gen and above, iPad 2 and above. But does everyone love it? Do tell us in the comments.

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Topics : UX

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