19 September 2013 – Hurray!, I have already upgraded to iOS7 of My Phone, Did you?
Long Awaited and much talked about latest version of mobile operating system by Apple Inc is out for download and upgrade your old version of OS last night. We are waiting for the latest version of handset as well which will lunch officially tomorrow in the town that i am living.
Here are few tips and functions that you have never think of before with the latest version of iOS.
For Apple users who have successfully slogged their way through update errors and torturous download times there’s been some not inconsiderable disappointment: the promised land might not be all that it was cracked up to be. However, there really is more to iOS 7 then meets the eye. Here’s some of our best tips and tricks to get the most from the update:
Navigate apps & flick-to-quit
In iOS 6 switching from app to app was achieved by double-tapping the home button and scrolling across a ticker bar of icons at the bottom of your screen. iOS 7 provides a full-screen update to this. You still double-tap the home button to see what’s running but you’re now presented with a scroll-able gallery of app windows – simply find the app you need to close flick upwards to shut it down.
Also remember: when you’re viewing these apps, pressing the home button again will take you back to the app you were in, not to the home screen itself.
Although there might have been a couple of Apple fans who were caught out by the update (leaving the download on overnight meant that alarms didn’t turn on this morning…) but iOS 7 allows quicker access to the iPhone’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ function. Simple swipe up to access the Control Center (itself full of all sorts of handy toggles and quick access to the phone’s flashlight and calculator) and press the Moon icon to silence all incoming calls and texts.
And for people who might want to let some calls get through in case of an emergency, you can create a list of exceptions by navigating to Settings, then Do Not Disturb and then adding contacts to Allow Calls From.
Shine a Spotlight on anything
Spotlight – Apple’s search engine for messages, apps and contacts – used to be found to the left of the home screen on iOS 6. With iOS 7 it’s on every screen – just swipe downwards to load it up and find what you need. Somewhat annoyingly Apple has removed Spotlight’s capacity to search the internet (available in iOS 6) but with the newly empowered Siri, that’s not a terrible curse.
Find more with Siri
Siri, Apple’s personal assistant, is now on-hand to answer even more questions – as long as you know how to ask properly. Apple has always been good at keeping a big list of natural language commands for Siri, but it’s good to remind yourself of what you can ask. Set an alarm with the instruction “Wake me up at …” or a pen a quick reminder by saying “Remind me to …”.
New for iOS 7 Siri can also search Twitter or find pictures with the words “Find me images of …”.These search answers will now be returned from Bing, rather than Google, and although you can’t change the default search engine, you can use your provider of choice by prefacing your query with their name. Eg “Google what is happening in Syria” or “Yahoo what is happening in Egypt.”
Getting the balance right
How often have you been hanging a picture or putting up shelves only to throw up your hands in despair and ask ‘just where has my spirit level gone?’ Okay. Probably not ever, but swipe to the left on iOS 7’s Compass app and you’re presented with a solution: a super-minimalist bubble level. Simply place your iPhone on any surface and when the screen goes green, the surface is level.
And if you’re still missing iOS 6…
And for those of you who are finding the switch over just a little overwhelming, there’s a couple of options to bring the UI back to iOS 6. Text is a big part of the update and whilst Apple’s choice of font is certainly attractive (it’s reportedly their own variation of Helvetica Neue Ultralight) it can be tricky to read. Click Settings then Accessibility to activate ‘Bold Text’ – then restart your phone and voila, slightly chunkier text is yours. Whilst you’re there you can also choose to toggle ‘Reduce Motion’ to turn off the Parallax effect that gives the illusion of depth on the home screen.
Good luck for the upgrade and share your experience in our comment box below.