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A look at some Apple iOS 7 highlights

Apple's new operating system, iOS 7, was released on September 18, 2013. Take a look at how some iOS 7 features will look on your iPhone.

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Apple's iOS 7, which was released on September 18, 2013, offers users quite a few new features and changes. The screenshots below show you how some of these changes will look on your iPhone.

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Apple's new iOS 7 release

Apple has introduced a cleaner, fresher design (Figure A) within its new iOS 7 release. Menu transparency is favored, while blocky or obstructive elements are largely eliminated, in an effort to encourage simplicity and improve ease of operation.

Figure A

Figure A
iOS 7 design

iOS 7 Passcode screen

iOS 7’s new Passcode screen (Figure B) is less bulky and provides access to larger keys to simplify device and application access.

Figure B

Figure B

iOS 7 Passcode screen

iOS 7 Control Center

The new Control Center (Figure C) provides quick access to commonly used settings, including iTunes music, a flashlight utility, Airplane mode, and more. The Control Center also receives its own settings applet within the updated Settings menu, which enables customization.

Figure C

Figure C
iOS 7 Control Center

Refreshed iOS 7 interface

The refreshed iOS 7 interface (Figure D) boasts redesigned app icons and a more seamless overlook appearance compared to earlier iOS versions. While this is a still image, Apple has taken pains to add visual appeal by including dynamic wallpapers in which elements move, a design element that will surely prove to be a common future standard.

Figure D

Figure D
iOS 7 interface

Refreshed iOS 7 Maps app

The refreshed Maps app (Figure E) includes a 3D view and critical features like turn-by-turn directions are still included. The app estimates travel times for users too. 

Figure E

Figure E

iOS 7 Maps app

iOS 7 Settings menu

The iOS 7 Settings menu (Figure F) benefits from the same new streamlined user interface. Here you can see the redesigned Settings menu, which now includes options for the new Control Center feature.

Figure F

Figure F

Settings menu

Control Center Lock Screen options

Users can disable the Control Center from the Lock Screen using the Control Center’s Settings options (Figure G). Users can also toggle Control Center’s accessibility from within apps.

Figure G

Figure G

Lock Screen options

iOS 7 Notification Center options

Notification Center settings (Figure H) allow you to enable and disable a wide variety of elements, including Calendar Daily View, Stocks, and Reminders.

Figure H

Figure H

Notification Center options

iOS 7 Settings on an iPad mini

iPads also benefit from iOS 7, which fuels the popular tablet devices. This iPad Mini screenshot (Figure I) displays the additional information the tablet’s larger display can present users for the same Notification Center optional settings.

Figure I

Figure I

iOS 7 Settings 

iOS 7 Privacy Settings

Following 2013’s revelations of government monitoring, privacy and security issues have never received more attention. iOS 7’s Privacy Settings (Figure J) won’t guarantee that proprietary information or sensitive videos and photographs will remain private, but users can at least configure numerous settings to help protect such information from unauthorized access.

Figure J

Figure J

iOS 7 Privacy Settings

Apple's new Weather app

Apple’s new Weather app (Figure K) is simple. It changes the wallpaper to match the time of day and weather conditions and makes preparing for the commute, offsite meetings, and even business trips and conferences easy. The beauty of the app is the amount of information it delivers at a single glance. 

Figure K

Figure K

Weather app

Apple's iOS 7 Calendar interface

Apple’s iOS 7 Calendar interface (Figure L) is much cleaner and simplifies navigation between days and months. 

Figure L

Figure L

iOS 7 Calendar

Monthly Calendar view in iOS 7

Calendar displays are more easily read and navigated, including this this monthly view in iOS 7 (Figure M).

Figure M

Figure M

Monthly Calendar view

Do Not Disturb settings

Do Not Disturb settings (Figure N), accessed from the Settings menu, enable users to customize whether incoming call alerts are received, permit calls from Favorites even when the device is set to silenced mode, and allow a call to come through when a second call is received from the same party within three minutes, among other options.

Figure N

Figure N

Do Not Disturb settings

Email configuration in iOS 7

Email account configuration and settings (Figure O) are largely unchanged in iOS 7. From the Mail, Contacts, Calendars options within Settings, users can add new accounts and change configuration settings for active accounts, including how much of an email preview appears. 

Figure O

Figure O

Email configuration

iOS Maps settings

Maps even possesses customizable settings (Figure P). Users can adjust the volume for turn-by-turn directions and adjust the distance measurement from miles.

Figure P

Figure P

Maps settings

Safari options in iOS 7

iOS 7 users can change their search engine preference within the Safari options (Figure Q). Users can also specify if they want links to open in new pages and whether pop-up blocking should be enabled.

Figure Q

Figure Q

Safari options

Pages settings

Pages, Apple’s word processing alternative to Microsoft Word, possesses its own settings (Figure R). Users can confirm their Pages version and enable iCloud access, among other options, using Pages’ settings.

Figure R

Figure R

Pages settings

Numbers settings

Numbers, Apple’s spreadsheet alternative to Microsoft Excel, also has optional settings (Figure S).

Figure S

Figure S

Numbers settings

iOS 7 wallpaper

Apple has included an array of attractive dynamic and still wallpapers (Figure T). The dynamic wallpapers provide subtle movement that increases the device’s appeal and helps add personality to the handset or tablet. iOS 7 users will also enjoy the new still-motion wallpaper images, like the starry sky view that appears to ever-so-slightly change position when the device is rotated.

Figure T

Figure T

iOS 7 wallpaper

Pages in iOS 7

Here’s a look at the documents view of Pages (Figure U) when run in iOS 7 on an iPad Mini. 

Figure U

Figure U

Pages in iOS 7

Pages' tutorial in iOS 7

Here’s a look at Pages’ tutorial (Figure V) run on iOS 7 on an iPad Mini.

Figure V

Figure V

Pages' tutorial

Numbers' tutorial in iOS 7

Numbers includes an excellent tutorial (Figure W) that helps get users up to speed quickly using the spreadsheet application on iOS 7-powered iPhones and iPads.

Figure W

Figure W

Numbers' tutorial

Newsstand in iOS 7

Newsstand, an excellent method of keeping up with news, industry information and personal interests, receives the same iOS 7 makeover (Figure X). Individual titles are easily accessible and appear positioned on shelves within an interface possessing the same minimal, unobstructed design as the rest of iOS 7.

Figure X

Figure X

Newsstand

Safari in iOS 7

Safari receives a much cleaner look on iOS 7 (Figure Y). If no previous web page is available, Safari defaults to presenting a graphical view of the application’s bookmarks.

Figure Y

Figure Y

Safari

Notification Center view in iOS 7

A simple swipe from the top of the screen down reveals this Notification Center view (Figure Z). In addition to presenting calendar and email alerts, the Notification Center can present weather, Amber Alerts, Twitter updates, sports scores, news headlines, a confirmation that applications were updated, and more.

Figure Z

Figure Z

Notification Center view

Camera app in iOS 7

iOS updates the Camera app, too (Figure AA). A new Square option is included for shooting photos. New filters are available, meaning many users may no longer require third-party software to tweak and otherwise add simple effects to photographs.

Figure AA

Figure AA

Camera app

iOS 7 widescreen photo orientation

The Camera app’s traditional widescreen photo orientation remains available within iOS 7, as shown here (Figure BB).

Figure BB

Figure BB

Widescreen photo orientation

What is your favorite new feature or update in iOS 7? Share your opinion in the discussion thread below.

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