Apple iOS 7 is Here!

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k-bigpicI’m going to write as I go with this one. Currently my phone is finishing the install of iOS 7 on my iPhone 4s. Yes I still rock the 4s, mostly because my most recent contract with my phone carrier still has time left on the clock. I’m beginning to look into Apple’s new trade-in program, though. I wont lie… I want a gold iPhone 5s.

So while the install is on it’s last 10%, lets talk about what’s been promised to me in this update. Here’s the list, directly from Apple:

New Design
Redesigned interface updates the entire system and every built-in app
Subtle motion and animation; layers and translucency provide depth
Elegant new color palette and refined typography
Updated system sounds and ringtones

Control Center
Quick access to commonly used controls and apps with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen
Turn on & off Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb; adjust screen brightness; access media controls; turn on AirPlay and AirDrop
Quickly access flashlight, timer, calculator, camera and music controls

Notification Center improvements
New Today view gives you an overview of your day, including weather, calendar, and stocks
Notifications dismissed on one device dismisses across all your devices

Multitasking Improvements
Preview screens of open apps when you switch between them
Permits any app to keep content up to date in the background

Camera Improvements
Swipe through different camera modes – video, still photo, square aspect, and panorama
Real-time photo filters with iPhone 4S or later, and iPod touch (5th generation)

Photos Improvements
Automatically organizes your photos and videos based on time and location into Moments
iCloud Photo Sharing supports multiple contributors and videos, plus a new Activity view
Add photo filter effects
Flickr and Vimeo support

Quickly and easily share content with people nearby
Securely encrypted transfers with no network or setup required
Supported on iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account

Safari Improvements
New iPhone tab view that lets you easily switch between open web pages
Unified smart search field for both search terms and web addresses
Shared Links shows web pages shared by people you follow on Twitter

iTunes Radio
Streaming radio service
Pick from over 250 featured and genre-focused stations
Start your own station from your favorite artist or song

Siri Improvements
New, more natural sounding male and female voices for US English, French and German
Integrated Wikipedia, Twitter search, and Bing web search results
Change settings including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and brightness
Supported on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)

App Store Improvements
See apps relevant to your current location with Popular Near Me
Discover age-appropriate apps in the Kids category
Keep your apps up to date automatically

Find My iPhone Activation Lock
Turning off Find My iPhone, erasing your device, reactivation, and signing out of iCloud requires your Apple ID password
A custom message can be displayed on your device even after a remote erase

iTunes Store Improvements
Preview and buy songs you’ve heard on iTunes Radio while inside the iTunes Store
Add to, and shop from, your iTunes Wish List
Scan code with camera to redeem iTunes Gift Cards

Music Improvements
Play music purchases from iCloud
Rotate your iPhone or iPod touch to browse your music with the Album Wall

Videos Improvements
Play movie and TV show purchases from iCloud
View similar movies and TV shows from Related

Maps Improvements
Turn-by-turn walking directions
Automatic night mode
Bookmarks shared across devices via iCloud

Mail Improvements
New Smart Mailboxes, including Unread, Attachments, All Drafts and To or CC
Improved search

Miscellaneous Improvements
View PDF annotations
FaceTime audio calling
Block unwanted Phone, Messages and FaceTime callers
Support for sending long MMS messages
Pull down on any Home Screen to reveal Spotlight search
Scan to acquire Passbook passes
New ringtones, alarms, alerts and system sounds
Definitions of a selected word for additional languages: Italian, Korean, and Dutch
Inclinometer in the Compass app
Wi-Fi HotSpot 2.0 support
Accessibility features
Individuals with limited physical motor skills can now control their device using Switch Control
Customize closed caption style
Handwriting input support in VoiceOver
Math input support using Nemeth Braille in VoiceOver
Select from multiple premium voices for speak selection and VoiceOver
Support for Made for iPhone Hearing Aids and stereo audio for iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation)
Enterprise features
Manage which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments
Per App VPN
App Store license management
Enterprise single sign-on
Remote configuration of managed apps
Automatic data protection for third-party apps
Exchange Notes syncing
Install custom fonts
New management queries and restrictions
Education features
Mobile device management for Apple TV
Request AirPlay Mirroring from a student device to Apple TV
Pre-configure AirPlay destinations and AirPrint printers
Streamlined MDM enrollment
Ability to restrict changes to accounts
Web content filtering
Authorized apps can initiate single app mode
Configure accessibility settings for single app mode

First Impressions

Alright, my phone just turned back on and I can clearly see a difference to the GUI (Graphical User Interface). It’s whiter, brighter, and cleaner looking. I’m going through the usual steps of setting up my Wi-Fi and enabling location services, as you must do with every update. One of the biggest aesthetic differences I’ve noticed is the lock screen (first picture below). I just signed into iCloud and am going through the setting for the find my iPhone App. It’s letting me know that a password will be required now to turn off the Find My iPhone App, or erase and reactivate the phone


The Spotlight Feature (the search screen you see when you swipe left of your home-screen) is now accessible from any page simply by swiping down. Swiping left from the home screen now does nothing. Aesthetically everything looks amazing: new buttons, new animation, new feel. Everything flows smoothly and navigates easily (pictures 3 and 4 below).


I’m noticing some glitchy responses from time to time while doing simple things like adding pictures to contacts. My guess is it’ll only take a few days before we get an update to this. Quite possibly this maybe due to the fact that I’m using obsolete equipment with a top heavy OS.

My Favorite Feature So Far

The Control Center feature (second picture below) truly does make using the phone so much easier. From being able to quickly turn on and off my Bluetooth, to being able to delete that stupid flashlight app that I had to download from a third party. Take a look at the screenshot below and you’ll be able to get an idea of it’s usefulness.


Everything listed above that I have access to on my device is a vast improvement on an already superior OS. Things are changing at Apple, and they look to be on track to be the innovators they were during the both Jobs eras. I’m impressed and highly suggest you upgrade your devices ASAP! Even if you’re running a droid, go out there and get something that’ll run this OS.





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