It is true that the advent of smartphones has made your life better than ever before, but there is no end to human aspirations for something better. And Apple iPhone known to have always understood their customer’s ‘little’ desires that helps improve their everyday life, continues to enthrall its customers with the new iOS 7 too.
Launched recently, the iOS 7 besides introducing great new features like Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking; concentrates primarily on two major upgrades. While one is the new development frameworks, the other is the new features in Xcode 5. Let us first know about the ‘little’ things with big capability that Apple promises will improve everyday lives.
iOS 7 Features – Simplicity is the Key to Great Performances
The Control Center feature in iOS 7 allows you to quickly access the controls and apps with just the swipe up from any screen (including the Lock screen). Amazing isn’t it? So, whether you want to adjust the brightness of your display, turn Wi-Fi on or off or switch to Airplane mode; Control Center allows you to do everything instantly with just one swipe.
You all have been familiar to the iOS Notification Center that keeps you updated about new mails, missed calls, to-dos, etc. iOS 7 comes with a new feature – Today that offers you an expedient summary of today. So you can have an insight about the weather today, any specific traffic instructions or birthdays you need to remember for the day with just a glance at your iPhone. Moreover, with iOS 7 Notification Center is now accessible from any screen, including the Lock screen.
Multitasking has become even smarter with iOS 7 as it makes a note of your apps using pattern – when you like to use your apps etc. and intelligently updates your content before you launch them. So, in case you are used to read your favorite news application every day at a certain time, then this enhanced multitasking feature will ensure that your feed is ready.
With the advent of the new iOS 7, the Camera feature in your iPhone has become even better as there is a new addition to the shooting formats earlier of still, video and panorama with SQUARE – front and center. Moreover, you now have an artistic license that allows you to capture anything faster, the way you want and with new filters to do more with your image.
The Photos feature in iOS 7 is intended to make scrolling down your memory lane faster, easier, and more enjoyable with the introduction of smart groupings of your photos and videos based on time and place with Collections, Moments, and Years. The beauty of this new feature is that you just need to tap Collections, Moments, and Years to relieve your memorable moments.
iOS 7 introduces the Airdrop feature that allows you to share text, photos, videos, contacts easily to the person sitting next to you by just using AirDrop for iOS. AirDrop uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and lets you quickly share anything with just the tap of a Share button. This does not require any setup and you can be assured of the security of the share as the transfers are encrypted.
Safari in iOS 7 promises to make your browsing experience better than ever before. Moreover, the button and buttons remain hidden, and you need to scroll to reveal them. This facilitates you to see more content than ever on your screen; and the design ensures that nothing slows down your browsing.
The iTunes Radio features streaming the best selection of music from radio stations; and is now available for free on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.
The iOS 7 offers Siri with a new look, new sound and enhanced capabilities. Besides featuring a redesigned interface that fades into view, it also features a more clearer and natural-sounding male/female voice that makes for easy understandability. Also besides answering questions faster, it checks more sources such as Bing, Wikipedia, and Twitter for reference. The new Siri in iOS 7 is also enhanced to carry out extra tasks like playing voicemail, giving back calls, controlling iTunes Radio, to name a few.
iOS 7 comes with a new feature for the App Store – Apps Near Me that displays to you a collection of popular apps relevant to your current location. Moreover, there is a new Kids category that showcases some of the best apps for children (based on age). iOS 7 also helps keep your apps updated automatically, which is again a great relief.
Find my Phone
Find my Phone has always been a great iOS feature that helps find back your stolen phone. The iOS 7 comes with new, improved security features in iOS 7 that makes it more difficult for anyone – other than you – to use or sell your device; because now, turning off the Find My iPhone feature or erasing your device will require your unique Apple ID and password.
iOS in the Car
The iOS in the Car feature seamlessly integrates your iOS device with your in-dash system and will allow you to easily make phone calls, access your music, send and receive messages, get directions, etc. So, if your vehicle is integrated with the iOS in the Car feature, you can easily connect your iPhone 5 and interact with it using the car’s built-in display and controls, or Siri Eyes Free.
Now, ‘Bigger & Better’ iOS 7 with 6 New and Improved Frameworks
The iOS 7 has come up with 6 new frameworks for developers that promise to open door for great user experience in the coming days. This includes:
1. Sprite Kit – that allows for hardware-augmented animation systems for 2D or “2.5D” games
2. Game Controller – that allows developers to add hardware controllers to iOS
3. Multipeer Connectivity – that enhances peer-to-peer connectivity
5. Media Accessibility – that allows closed-caption support in your apps
6. Safari Services- that support the adding of URLs to Safari reading list
Besides the six new frameworks, vital add-ons have been made to the existing frameworks like UIKit Framework, Maps, Games and Multitasking Frameworks, which will offer users with enhanced user experience and help you do things in everyday life faster, easier, and more enjoyable than ever.
Has iOS 7 lived up to your expectations? What more were you expecting from iOS 7?
Ellis is a Digital Marketing Strategist at VITEB. He is passionate about online web trends, technology trends and digital marketing. VITEB – leading web development India based company that provides complete IT solutions. Follow us at Google+.