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According to Forbes, Apple sold 9 million iPhones over the weekend and 200 million devices have already been upgraded to iOS 7 which makes it the fastest software upgrade in the history, and probably the most controversial one taking into consideration the magnitude of criticism iOS 7 faced upon its release to the public.
Although many believed the changes in the OS were not as innovative as features like FaceTime and Siri, it brings to the table a lot of improvements when compared to previous iOS versions. To uncover all of them, we decided to do the upgrade ourselves.
But before we start, make sure you have one of the following models since the new iOS requires some serious processing power, hence it is limited to these devices only:
- iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s
- Second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad or later; iPad mini
- Fifth-generation iPod touch (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB)
If you have an earlier model of any of these products, unfortunately you won’t be able to upgrade to iOS 7.
On other hand, those who have one of the afore mentioned models, will enjoy the following 15 features:
New notification center settings
You will find the Notification Center when swiping from the top. The notifications are now grouped into “Today,” “Tomorrow,” and “Missed.” You can toggle these options under Settings -> General -> Notification Center. Under these settings you can control items like Today Summary, Next Destination, Reminders, Stocks, and Tomorrow Summary from the Notification Center Settings console.
Swipe up for control center
The Control Center is one of the new features that lets you quickly adjust the volume, Bluetooth, brightness, Airplane Mode, and portrait orientation. You also have icons to quickly pull up apps like Flashlight, Camera, Calculator and Clock. You can quickly access Control Center by swiping your finger from the bottom to the center.
Swipe from center-to-down for search
For a quick access to search simply swipe your finger from the center of the screen to the bottom to pull up the Spotlight search bar at the top of the screen.
Adjust text Sizes and properties
This is by far one of the best features added to iOS 7. To find the text size properties , go to Settings -> General -> Text Size. You can also make the text bolder by adjusting the settings under Settings -> General -> Accessibility.
Automatic app updates
Leverage on the App Store new ability to have apps automatically updated by going to Settings -> iTunes & App Store. Scroll towards the bottom until you see “Automatic Downloads.” Toggle the “Updates” switch so that it is on. By default, app updates require Wifi. You can set it to “Use Cellular Data” if you are not concerned about data usage caps.
Add apps to Wish List from App Store
App Store has a new feature “Wish List.” You can add paid apps to the “Wish List” as a future reference for apps that you want to buy later. To add new apps to your Wish List, just tap the share button on any app’s page and choose “Add to Wish List.” You can also gift apps, copy the direct link, or share it to Twitter, Facebook, Mail, or Messages. To delete the apps from Wish List swipe left to reveal the delete button, or tap Edit in the tap left corner and check the apps you want to delete. Once you’ve bought an app it’s automatically off your list.
Live Camera Photo Filters
iOS 7 has built-in live photo filters so you no longer need to use Instagram to make creative photos. To activate the live filters view, tap on the three-circle filter icon in the lower-right corner of the Camera app. Eight filters will be displayed on the screen (the middle photo is non-filtered), with the subject of your photo being shown overlaid with filters in real time. To bring the filter selection to full-screen tap on a thumbnail Taking a photo with a live filter applied will only take a filtered photo, and not save the original plus filter in your Camera Roll. If that doesn’t work for you, take the photo as you normally would and then go back and edit it, applying the filter at that time.
Reveal timestamps for individual texts and iMessages
Previous iOS versions didn’t have timestamps for every text message, iMessage, and SMS. Consequently, on many occasions you wouldn’t know if a message was sent at 8:10PM or 8:15PM. Messages were lumped together under one timestamp. Now Apple lets you see individual timestamps by opening your messages and sliding your finger from right to left in a dragging motion, as shown in the picture below:
Finally, we hope this article has addressed all your concerns and that you are now ready to begin using iOS 7. We wish you a long and happy relationship with your new OS.
- 7 Nov, 2013
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