iOS 7 was finally made available yesterday at different times for different time zones as we shared the time chart here. After playing around with the new version we have some iOS 7 tricks up our sleeves that we believe you guys would love.
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Some people were surprised to see there beloved search feature disappear. But fear not cause the search only got better. Apart from asking Siri to do the needful for you, you can now access the search bar by swiping in the middle of the screen on any window.
You can use Spotlight to quickly search across your device’s apps, emails, and contacts — but surprisingly Apple has removed Spotlight’s ability to search the web.
Finally Apple took a cue from android and has applied toggles to the new iOS 7 but they did it differently. If you swipe from the above you get the notification center. More on that later.
However when you swipe from the bottom, you get toggles. You get access to wifi, bluetooth, torch (no need to install a separate app), calculator, airplane mode, portrait orientation, do not disturb, music and clock. Forgot to mention the camera which you can also access from the lockscreen just like before.
You can also get the control panel and the notification center from the lockscreen so you dont have to unlock your iPhone to change settings.
iOS has always been kind of weird about telling you when a message was sent or received. It’ll tell you when some messages came through — but only if it’s the first one that’s come through in a while in a given thread. If you sent a bunch of messages around 12:45, for example, you’d normally only get that first 12:45 timestamp.
With iOS 7, you can reveal the timestamp for each and every message. Just grab one of the speech bubbles in a thread and swipe to the left. Tada! Timestamps! Never argue about exactly when a message was sent again!
A Built-in Level
There used to be separate apps for that but thanks to Apple now you dont need one. Go straight to the compass app and swipe to the right. This was not possible in the earlier versions and so many didnt even bothered to look.
Want to hang a picture the right way. Use your iPhone. Double tapping the screen resets the level to consider whatever angle the phone is currently at to be 0°.
Standing for High Dynamic Range, HDR in the camera app will take two pictures, one standard, one in HDR. HDR takes three pictures at the same time and then merges them together without bothering you about it. It is great if you are taking a picture of a something that has lots of light and lots of shadows.
Go into the camera app, swipe to far right to the Pano option. Tap on the arrow to change direction of the panorama you want to capture – left to right or right to left. You’ll have to hold the phone in portrait for it to work. Hold the phone in landscape mode to do a “vertical” panorama up to the stars. Check out our iPhone Panorama tips and tricks feature with the iPhone 5 to find out more on how to take the best panoramas in town.
You can enter the Burst mode by either holding their finger on the shutter or on the volume key to take a burst of photos as the action happens.
Once you’ve taken a Burst of photos you can then choose your favorite one, although iOS 7 will try to do this for you. To select the one you want, press Favorites, and then select the one you want to use. The one Apple has chosen is represented by a grey circle underneath.
Inside your favorite browser, you can now swipe to close a page. And it shows off the new 3D effects. Beautiful isnt. But you ill also find tiny and shiny “x” buttons for the not-so-pro types. That feature is certainly not for our readers.
iCloud can now sync bookmarks with Firefox and Chrome. To turn on the new feature, download and install the 3.0 version of the iCloud Control Panel. After launching the program, click on the checkmark for Bookmarks if it’s not already checked. In the Options pop-up up menu, you can then choose which of the three browsers you want to include in the sync.
To enable support for Firefox and Chrome, you’ll also need to download the new browser extensions developed by Apple. Firefox uses can download the extension from Mozilla’s Add-Ons page, while Chrome users can grab it from the Chrome Web store.
Tip – Safari still has private browsing mode, it’s just in the app itself now instead of hidden away in settings. Find the switch in Safari’s tabs screen.
Tip Also now you can simply left and right in order to go back or forward in your browser. You no longer need the back buttons even though they are present.
Tip If you click on the @ symbol inside Bookmarks, you’ll see a list of tweets from your Twitter feed that contain links. It’s a neat way to catch up on everything your friends and colleagues have been sharing without searching through vast number of tweets. Please dont ask me whats its doing there. No idea.
Unified Search Safari’s Unified Smart Search Field: The top bar in Safari no longer includes separate address and search fields. Apple has combined the two into the Unified Smart Search Field, where you can either type a website address or simply do a search query.
Call / SMS Blocking
Nearly every iPhone user complained of this feature. How to block a call / sms / facetime. There has be someway. Anyway. Now fortunately there is way and a simple one at that. just like everything else on iOS 7.
You can find the block list at Settings > Phone > Blocked, Settings > Messages > Blocked, or Settings > Facetime > Blocked. Note, however, that the block list is universal — block them in the phone settings, and they’re blocked on FaceTime, too.
Data Usage App-by-App
This feature is pretty nifty specially for those who dont have unlimited WiFis in their offices or home. Music apps like iTunes Radio, Pandora and other apps can eat up a lot of bandwidth without you even realizing it.
Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll down to the bottom.You can see which apps have used the most cell data, and block any app from using cell data at all.
If you havent used an app yet, it will not show up there. No clogging.
How to Close an App
In the earlier versions of iOS, you needed to double tap the home button and wait for the app drawer to magically appear, then press and hold an app for a sec until the red cross appears and then you were able to close all the apps you needed. Not cool.
Now all you have to do it double tap the home button to get a carousel and swipe away your way. Dead simple.
Tip I have another trick I just discovered for quickly closing apps: when you double tap the home button, you can use 3 fingers to swipe 3 apps in the same time. But I believe Apple should have included a close all button somewhere.
You will never ask how many apps a folder can contain. As many as you like. Folders can now be paged meaning you can now put as many apps in a single folder as you like.
Just enter the app and you will why I am smiling. They are now more neatly arranged. You can see where and when pics were taken. This is really nice specially for those who love to take a lot of pictures at a lot of places. Travelers, I am talking to you.
Siri became more smarter if possible. She can now search and get answers from Wikipedia, learned to open apps, even dive into settings and change them like bluetooth and wif or do not disturb, playback voicemail, show miss calls etc.,
Siri also now comes in male !! (i just didnt knew how to put it). You can also hear female or male voice talking back to you depending on your fantasy !!
If you’ve got an unusual name, or have friends with rare surnames, you’ve probably laughed at Siri’s innate inability to pronounce words that aren’t in the dictionary. Now you can call out when words are mispronounced and train Siri to say them correctly. Just say “that’s not how you pronounce that,” run through a short exercise, and Siri should get things right from then on.
- Airdrop, Apple’s much touted system for wirelessly transferring files to other nearby iPhones, only works with the iPhone 5 and later.
- Apple has updated the iOS 7 with some new ringtones and alerts. There is also this cool ability to make your own custom vibrations to go with your ringtones.
- Don’t forget about the camera burst mode! In the camera press and hold the capture button and it will take multiple pictures.
- Dont swipe right to delete the message. Swipe left instead now. Strange but get use to it.
- When a single notification comes in at the top, you can immediately dismiss it by swiping it up and away. Loving this because you used to have to just wait for it to time-out and leave. I am sure I am not alone who was annoyed.
- A really tiny change, but one I like — when you get a text message, you have the option of swiping over the notification to reply OR just unlocking your phone as usual. This is great when the text reminds you to open your phone to do other things, or for those moments you happen to get a text at the same moment you were unlocking your phone for something else entirely.
- When you move your homescreen you will see that your app icons are moving to adjust. Its cool and I think it provide better visibility from certain angles. Dont like it ? Inside the Accessibility menu, the cryptically named “Reduce Motion” toggle will switch off the depth effects on your home screen.
- Dynamic wallpapers comes in your default iOS wallpaper settings. Try them out. It simply means that wallpapers are moving in nature.
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