If you’ve already downloaded iOS 7 — Apple’s latest mobile software update — it probably feels like you have a brand new device in your hands. Although parts of iOS 7 still need some smoothing out, there is so much to love about the biggest change to iOS since the original iPhone. Click through to take a look at the favourite aspects of iOS 7 so far.
1. The Overall Look
As soon as iOS 7 launches on your device, you’ll notice a huge change. So much is different, from the colors and font to how it feels as you swipe through pages and open apps. It’s cleaner, sleeker and just about every nook and cranny in the house has been renovated.
2. The Control Centre
It might be tricky to find at first, but Apple’s new Control Center makes life so much easier. It essentially serves as a hub for everything you’d want to access quickly, from switching to Airplane mode to turning Wi-Fi on and off to adjusting the display brightness. It’s also the new home for the calculator, the alarm clock and volume/playback controls for music. To access the Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to view. You can even access the Control Center when the lock screen is on.
3. Lock Screen
Speaking of the lock screen, is it possible to love something so simple? Not only is it beautifully designed, you no longer accidentally hit “Emergency” anymore.
4. Gestures, Slide to Unlock
iOS 7 is significantly more gesture-focused than in the past. We’re fans of the “swipe to unlock” feature, which no longer requires running a finger across a small bar to unlock the device. Meanwhile, swiping back and forth on the Safari browser feels like sifting through documents in a filing cabinet — and it’s fun to swipe them off the page to close.
iOS 7 is rich with subtle animations, such as small bubble-like movements when scrolling through messages. These add a bit of charm when navigating throughout the platform.
6. Helvetica Neue
Font choice may seem like a minor detail, but it’s a key thread in design. Fonts are polarizing — Comic Sans anyone? Fortunately, Apple got it right with Helvetica Neue, which is a light and elegant choice that’s easy on the eyes. The style looks a lot like Yahoo’s new Weather app, too.
Apple is typically not too generous with its wallpaper options, but iOS 7 has a slew of new landscapes and backdrops to fit your preferences. Seven are specifically tailored for the iPhone 5C and one matches each of its casing color options.
Apple’s internal search functionality (called Spotlight) can now be accessed from any screen, making it more convenient than ever before. The bad news: It’s easy to forget its new spot. To access Spotlight, swipe your finger from the top of the screen down.
9. Zooming Apps
Users have had mixed reactions to how apps open and close with iOS 7. Tapping an app or folder causes the content to appear by zooming out from the icon. It can be dizzying, but the movement adds dimension to the experience and feels like you’re diving into each program. There’s room for improvement, though, to smooth out any disorientation.
10. Photo Organisation
There is so much to say about Apple’s new Photo and Camera apps, but organization is the star of the show. Pictures and videos are now placed into groups and collections based on time and place, so it’s far easier to search and re-discover your content. It’s also beautifully displayed like a mosaic on-screen.
Bonus: Photo Filters: Every camera app seems to have filters these days, but Apple’s new platform lets you pick and see effects even before you take a picture.
11. Weather App
Apple’s new Weather app is a major improvement over its predecessor, with a lighter background, more interactive functionality and hour-by-hour predictions presented in a scrolling row instead of a column. When it’s raining, small water drops appear on-screen and when it’s cloudy, you can see puffs of clouds move across the top.
12. Pages Within Folders
You can squeeze an unlimited number of apps into any folder and slide to access them on multiple pages within folders, too. Goodbye, home screen clutter.
13. New Ringtones
Apple added a variety of new ringtones — and some are actually pretty good. Finally.
14. Lightning-Fast Email
It’s remarkable how much faster email seems to run on iOS 7. Just try deleting an email and watch it fly to your trash.
15. Preview of Open Apps
By double-clicking the home button, you can view all applications, webpages and other programs recently opened. To close an app and save on battery life, swipe the image of the app off of the screen.
16. Calendar App
The new Calendar app bids farewell to skeuomorphism — faux bookshelves or leather textures that accompany a digital experience. It’s simple and extremely useful, allowing you to just scroll from month to month and narrow in on certain time periods. Now, we’d like to see the option of scrolling from week to week in the latest update.
You stay classy.