iOS 7 – at a glance

Last night, iOS 7 came out. It’s the new operating system for Apple’s iPhone (4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S), iPod Touch (5th gen) and iPad (2, Mini, Retina). As expected, the internet is already full of reviews. If you don’t have time to read them all, here are some of the basics to get you started:

  • Multi-page folders! Now I don;t need to have 3 “Game” folders. All my games fit in sup-pages inside a single folder (bonus tip: now you can finaly put “Newstand” in a folder).
  • Background App Store upgrades! You will no longer have dozens of apps waiting to be updated when you open the App Store! You can enable this by going to Settings → iTunes & App Store → Automatic downloads (you may want to leave unchecked the “Use Celular Data” option though).
  • Background App Syncing. Apps can periodicaly “wake up” in the background and download new data (podcasts, news articles etc) so they will be ready and updated when you open them. You can fine-tune this by going to Settings → General → Background App Refresh.
  • Multitasking has changed. When you doubletap the Home button you see all running Apps. If you want to manualy close one, drag it upwards!
  • You can blacklist people you do not want to get calls or sms from. Add them to the blacklist in Settings → Phone → Blocked and Settings → Messages → Blocked.
  • When you drag upwards from the bottom edge of the screen, you activate the new “Control Center”. There you can switch on/off airplane mode, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, brightness, volume etc. Also, you can turn on the LED flash (for use as a flashlight), or jump quickly to the Camera, Stopwatch or Calculator app.
  • Dragging your finger from the left edge of the screen towards the right works as a back button in most apps.
  • In Safari, in tab view, you can delete a tab by dragging it to the left.
  • Take a close look on the Clock App icon. It’s alive!
  • In Messages, drag the message bubbles slightly to the left to see the time the message was sent.
  • Camera burst mode. Just keep the shutter button pressed and the iPhone will take multiple shots as fast as it can (about 2 per second on my iPhone 4S).
  • Check out the new ring and notification tones. Some of them are realy nice!