Tomorrow Apple is making its newest version of the iOS operating system available for a free download. With this new version of iOS comes a lot of changes and updates. This will also raise a lot of questions in the minds of consumers.
Will it work on my device?
iOS 7 will work on the following devices:
iPhone 4 and later
iPad 2 and later
iPod touch (5th Generation)
The User Interface is Completely Redesigned.
The first thing you are going to notice when you install iOS 7 is that the user interface is completely designed. Apple has moved away from it's traditional detailed design, for a more simple bright and flat design. They also went in a different direction with the fonts, going for more of stylized font, than something traditional.
With over 200+ new changes and features, there is going to be a lot of new things to checkout and learn. We've detailed out The Top 9 things you should know about the iOS 7 update.
1) Control Center
A quick swipe up from the bottom of the screen brings up the new, translucent Control Center. From here you can adjust the most common settings such as brightness, Wi-Fi, AirPlay and volume controls for whatever song you’re playing. You can even flick the iPhone’s camera flash on as a makeshift flashlight. It’s not just limited to the home screen, so no matter where you are in the system, you can swipe up to access the Control Center.
Multi-tasking is now available for all apps on iOS 7 and a double-click lets you flick back and forward through a new card system. iOS 7 also notices which apps you use most frequently and which ones you check at certain times of the day, automatically waking them up when you need them. The system now adapts to network coverage and saves your updates for when your signal is strongest in an effort to save on battery life.
To close out an app, just flick the thumbnail up, and the app is now closed.
Siri now has two new male and female voices, and German and French languages are now included. There’s a brand new interface that shows the sound wave, and also gives your results with pictures. It now includes Twitter search integration, so you can just ask Siri what people are saying on Twitter, and Siri also now has Wikipedia access built in. Siri also now provides Bing web search within the app, and the ability to change device settings and play back voicemail.
Share content with people nearby you, without bumping phones. When looking at a picture for example, click the share button and they'll receiver a notification that takes them straight into the app. The software will display your contacts in the immediate area, and transfers are peer-to-peer so you can use it anywhere, without any network or set up required. Transfers are fully encrypted so your content is protected and private.
Safari has been getting lots of love from iOS 7; it now features a full-screen interface and a “smart” search field that brings up your favorites when you tap it. Tabs are now stacked vertically and you’re no longer limited to just 8. The browser also hides the controls on the top while you’re scrolling up or down and will jump back a page if you swipe across from the left. Lastly, any typing in the search box results in auto-suggestion from bookmarks, history and common searches.
iOS 7 makes a much better use of folders than iOS 6. Initially it might look like there are fewer apps in your folders, but if you notice 2 dots at the bottom of the folder - that means there is a 2nd page. With now being able to have pages of apps in a folder, you are no longer limited to only 12 apps in a folder like in iOS 6.
The new Camera app features filters so you can add real-time photo effects, and you can switch between video, photo, square and panorama with a swipe. Apple's also tidied up your photo library for you, and it now organizes them into ‘moments’ based on the locations that you've taken them and also the date. Share these instantly via AirDrop, iCloud, Facebook or Twitter.
Search has been moved in iOS 7. To trigger the search field, you pull down from the center of the screen. It's a weird gesture to learn, but you'll slowly adapt.
With iOS 7 comes an entire new set of ringtones and alert sounds. The old sounds we have come to love are still there, but these new sounds make for a great change. You also now have the option to enable pulse vibrating when vibrate is turned on.
Here is a sample of all the new sounds.