Top 10 iOS 7 Features You Should Try Now

The long-awaited moment is here: iOS 7 has landed. For those who have managed to download it, here are the top 10 features you should try now.

Control Center

Some of us have jailbroken their device to have quick access to features. With Control Center, you have quick access to the controls and apps you always seem to need. And they are all there, just swipe up from any screen (Lock screen included) and you can turn off or on Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, adjust brightness, etc.

 

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Multitasking

While multitasking was decent on iOS 6, with iOS 7 it’s smarter than ever. Just press the Home button twice and see it in action.

Camera

We all love to use the iPhone’s camera. But starting today, you’ll find all the shooting formats front and center and you can swipe to capture the way you want. Try it now!

Photos

With iOS, 7 Apple introduced Years, Collections, and Moments, which are smart groupings of your photos and videos based on your time and place. If you want your photos to fill the screen, just tap years. Each year holds Collections, like your trip to Niagara Falls .

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AirDrop

If someone right next to you with an iOS device (iPad 4, iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod Touch, iPad mini) you easily can send a photo with a Share button. Tap “share” and then select the person you want to share with and the device will do the rest via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No setup required.

airdrop

Notification Center

With iOS 7, you will have all your new mail, missed calls, to-dos, and much more in Notification Center. And there is a new feature called Today, which gives you a summary of “today,” and then there is a heads-up for tomorrow as well. To access Notification Center, just swipe down from any screen.

Safari

Alongside the icon redesign, here comes an enhanced Safari as well. Now you can enjoy the content-full screen as the buttons and bars — and the unified search field — disappear until you scroll to reveal them. Safari also includes a new tab view, shared links, and reading list as well.

safari

Siri

With iOS 7, Siri finally gets out of beta. And it isn’t the Siri you learned to know under iOS 6: it features a great new look, new sound, and new capabilities, a redesigned interface, a clearer, more natural sounding female or male voice, which makes it easier to understand. Siri also is able to take on extra tasks such as returning call, playing voicemail, controlling iTunes Radio, and much more.

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App Store

The App Store app now includes two new features: Apps Near Me and Wishlist. Whatever you find yourself tap, Near Me and you’ll see a list of apps you might find useful.

Find My iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

The rising numbers of iDevice theft has prompted Apple to improve its Find My iPhone app and adding another layer or security to iOS 7. Now if you want to turn off Find My iPhone or erase the device, you need to input your Apple ID and Password.

And these are just 10 of the most useful changes. Dig in and let us know what you think.

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  • bauub

    I just updated on my iphone 5. I tried the dynamic panoramic photo thing but it doesn’t move along when I move my phone. Anybody else trying this with the same result?

  • bauub

    Ok I just read that this feature is not making it to the final build. Too bad… it looked neat. Probably a battery waster.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    i used it when it was on beta for like, 2 minutes

    its neat, but meh

    you arent missing out on much

  • bauub

    Yeah, you’re probably right. Thanks!

  • einsteinbqat

    Did you guy notice that the clock app icon is actually showing you the real time?

  • Mikef2007

    This may just make me put the clock app back on my home screen instead of in a folder

  • Love this feature.

  • Mikef2007

    I like that you can now put as many icons into a folder you like

  • reformcanada

    I always have wondered why it was not like that all along?

  • K.

    I don’t like th efact that the folders are now on two pages for the same number of icons as in IOS6…

  • nowhereman

    I like the call block feature in the phone app

  • johnj

    Lol wow these so called new features sounds so elementary. The crappest android phones out there for under $100 have this for years! Iphone sheep’s makes me lmao! Hahaha

  • me

    how do you delet songs off of the device

  • chum chum

    wang chow mofo