Top seven iOS 7 features

Top seven iOS 7 featuresJony Ive’s “flat” iOS 7 doesn’t exactly seem like an Apple Maps-style disaster, but it’ll have its work cut out convincing naysayers (including Mobot's Martin and Jan) that it’s a step in the right direction.

There’s been plenty of iOS 7-related negativity, for sure, but I figured I’d take some time to list seven features that I’ll definitely welcome come the “fall” release.

As a brief aside, a lot of the criticism has been aimed at iOS 7’s aesthetics. That’s largely subjective (hey, some people might like it), but I reckon the feel is just as important – if not more so. Looking forward to getting my hands on iOS 7 when the leaves turn brown.

And here, in no particular order, are what I consider the top seven iOS 7 features.

iOS 7 Control Center

One of the first things I did with my jailbroken iPhone was install SBSettings. It’s one of the most popular features on Cydia, and essentially introduces toggles for settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Brightness.

That’s exactly what iOS 7 Control Center does, with a simple swipe up revealing a host of settings for your iDevice. Heck, there’s even a flashlight.

Top seven iOS 7 featuresiOS 7 iTunes Radio

Yeah, I know this one is US-only for now, but I actually quite like the sound (pun intended) of iTunes Radio, particularly the idea of building playlists around songs or artists and choosing Discovery mode; playing obscure things and forgoing the obvious hits. Like.

Oh, and iTunes Radio is free with ads, and entirely free - sans ads - if you're an iTunes Match subscriber.

iOS 7 Multitasking

Another feature that appears to have been heavily influenced by the jailbreaking community, iOS 7 multitasking looks very much like the functionality offered by Auxo.

Open iOS 7 apps appear in a horizontal list, and above the standard icon is a preview window showing what was going down when you last left the app. Nice.

And as with Auxo, you can quickly swipe up to dismiss (i.e. close) the app. No more holding your finger down, waiting for the apps to start shaking then pressing the little cross. Man, who thought that was a good idea?

iOS 7 Notification Center

I think it’s probably fair to say that one of the most requested iOS features of the past few years was access to the Notification Center from the lock screen. With iOS 7, you got it.

There are three tabs along the top in iOS 7 Notification Center, namely Today, All and Missed, with the former having weather and calendar information baked right in. Dare I say it’s almost a bit… Google Now?

iOS 7 Contact blocking

Contact blocking remains somewhat of a grey area; is it a phone thing or a network thing?

Well, with iOS 7, it’s definitely a phone thing. Initially I suspected iOS 7 contact blocking might be limited to FaceTime and iMessages (i.e. the Apple side of things), but it appears to extend to all contact from, eh, contacts. Goodbye, crazy ex!

iOS 7 Automatic app updates

I’m not entirely sold on this one as I recently had several GB of app updates queued on my iPad, and accidentally installed them all in one go after tapping - yes - Update All. Gah.

However, I’m a bit weird in the sense that I tend to keep games around that I don’t want to delete, but don’t necessarily want to update.

On my iPhone, though, I tend to travel light, only keeping apps that I actually use, and as such I’m happy for them to be updated automatically in iOS 7.

Presumably we’ll still have access to some sort of release notes.

Top seven iOS 7 featuresiOS 7 Safari

Good lord, Apple’s proprietary browser, Safari, looks about a million times better in iOS 7 than the current iteration.

For starters, we have vertically stacked tabs, instead of the stupid horizontal one-window-per-screen-when-you’re-changing-page set-up we have now.

Apple has also done away with the arbitrary eight-page limit currently imposed on Safari.

Somewhat controversially, however, Apple has removed Google as the default search engine, introducing Microsoft’s Bing instead.  Hmm.

Conclusion

Yep, I don’t mind saying it; I’m actually really looking forward to iOS 7, though I am "Apple's Head Fanboy". Ahem.

For a glimpse at many of the key iOS 7 features in action, head over to - you guessed it - Apple.

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12 comments

Treab  Jun. 13, 2013 at 13:48

Goodbye, crazy ex!

Lewis we both know thats you... how many restraining orders do you have now ;) Kid's these days...

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 13, 2013 at 14:16

I think the Swipe gestures also deserve a mention.
And I like that you bring up spotlight with a tap/hold - why reserve a whole screen?
Still - those icons are just too awful. So the jailbreakers better find a loophole quick!!!

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 13, 2013 at 16:58

Geez... I just looked at the pic... blue! Baby blue!

Gridl0k  Jun. 13, 2013 at 17:59

Siri now uses BING instead of Google to search the web.

The "default search engine" within Safari remains whatever you set.

lcurdie / MOD  Jun. 14, 2013 at 10:19

Siri now uses BING instead of Google to search the web.

The "default search engine" within Safari remains whatever you set.


Ah, you're right. Good call :)

I see they've got Yandex as an option in Russia. Makes sense, since it has something like 60% share of the market over there.

shuwaz  Jun. 15, 2013 at 12:58

Anything taken/stolen from Android there? :p

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 15, 2013 at 13:01

Anything taken/stolen from Android there? :p

https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/4624145664/hB7FF7D47/

Gridl0k  Jun. 15, 2013 at 13:06

Anything taken/stolen from Android there? :p

Th only thing iOS gets from Android is a baseline to compare it to.

shuwaz  Jun. 15, 2013 at 13:23

I'm sure I've seen the Multi-tasking and Notification Centre idea before Apple introduced it on their devices...
;)

Gridl0k  Jun. 15, 2013 at 13:30

Let me just press this top-mounted unlock button and swipe to unlock on my Galaxy S2 and I'll have a look, see if I can see them.

To be fair, I did have and did like a Palm Pre, so iOS7 looks familiar in some regards.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 15, 2013 at 21:14

Let me just press this top-mounted unlock button and swipe to unlock on my Galaxy S2 and I'll have a look, see if I can see them.

To be fair, I did have and did like a Palm Pre, so iOS7 looks familiar in some regards.

had a Pre, too and a Pixi etc... Sorry, but the switcher 'cards' aside, the 2 look NOTHING alike.
Also, the switcher cards were not totally new when Palm 'invented' them. Both for Windows and various Linux flavours we had those task switch cards for quite some time. But alas, point taken: Apple stole. Whoa :p
Now I go and use my 2006 Nokia N770 with Maemo. You know, the OS that Android stole the expandable notification bar from ;)

shuwaz  Jun. 15, 2013 at 21:34

Let me just press this top-mounted unlock button and swipe to unlock on my Galaxy S2 and I'll have a look, see if I can see them.

To be fair, I did have and did like a Palm Pre, so iOS7 looks familiar in some regards.


Oh so Samsung made Android.. and I thought it was Google!

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