iOS 7 Features Apple Didn’t Get a Chance to Talk About Today [LIST]

During its two-hour long WWDC 2013 keynote presentation, Apple was only able to focus on 10 key iOS 7 features. Here is a list of features that weren’t talked about but we can expect when iOS 7 goes public this fall (expect more info when the iPhone beta releases today for developers).

The complete list, starting with the larger items, taken from the following slide screenshot:

Screen Shot 2013 06 10 at 11 54 52 AM

  • FaceTime audio (free phone calls!)
  • Activation lock 
  • Notification sync
  • Per App VPN
  • Tencent Weibo
  • Phone, FaceTime and Message blocking
  • Enterprise single sign-on
  • Turn-by-turn walking directions
  • View PDF annotations
  • Italian, Korean and Dutch dictionaries
  • Scan to acquire Passbook passes
  • Inclinometer
  • New Smart Mailboxes
  • Long MMS support
  • Managed app configuration
  • Night mode for Maps
  • Wi-Fi HotSpot 2.0
  • Maps bookmark syncing
  • Chinese-English Bilingual dictionary
  • Smart download of TV episodes
  • App Store Volume Purchase
  • Do Not Track option in Safari
  • Handwriting recognition for multiple Chinese characters
  • Improved Mail search
  • Streamline MDM enrollment

We would expect Apple to debut more of these features at a future special event in the fall, when the next generation iPhone 5S is expected to debut. FaceTime audio could be a huge feature to save your voice minutes and long distance as well. What are you most excited about in iOS 7?

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  • MikeJenkinson

    Personally, I think the audio-only FaceTime option (VoiceTime?) (also, TM on the VoiceTime), could end up being the big unsung feature in this that will enable more people to cut the cords on their landlines and even reduce the voice minutes of their phone plans, especially for people who have larger data plans. I know there are lots apps out there that already do this and allow basically “free” phone calls using your data plan, but having it baked into the operating system is always the best way to get people to adopt it.

  • Al

    I think you’re getting unjustifiably excited. Did you forget FaceTime is Apple-only? Can’t connect to other brands. Can’t connect to landlines. Like VoIP, borderline to no connection with poor cell signal. Nobody will be cutting cords just because of that.

  • MikeJenkinson

    I know it’s an Apple-only thing. But for groups of people who have a lot of Apple devices amongst their friends and family, the Audio FaceTime becomes a reasonable option versus using your phone minutes to call them. And building in a VOIP option into the operating system will surely get more people using it rather than wondering if their friends or family uses the same VOIP app that they do.

  • For the most part, FaceTime, when working already brings free calls, I don’t see how a voice-only service wouldn’t work better, considering the compression we see nowadays with VoIP.

  • Did you guys miss the comment when announcing Facetime audio-only? “If you are connected to wifi”. Feel like Deja Vu.

  • Al

    Who said Apple was building a VoIP option? I realize FaceTime audio is essentially that, but it’s still Apple-only. If you want VoIP, Skype is already available and dirt cheap for access to all types of phones. My experience with VoIP over cellular has not been great. People won’t sacrifice quality of a call, as it can be very frustrating.
    It’s silly to think that if friends and family mostly have Apple that that will change things. But the cord for this feature alone? Not a chance. Think of real world scenarios.

  • Jason

    People still use their landlines at home? I have a landline only because my apartment requires it to let people in otherwise I never use it.

  • Landlines have gone the way of the dodo bird. It’s an unnecessary expense.

  • Anthony W

    Not when you have alarm system or elderly living in the house.

  • bradg17

    I can’t say I agree, there has been times where the power was out and my cell phone was dead. The only phone I had was a landline that didnt need power!

  • Actually you do make a good point. A recent power outage made me want to punch myself as my iPhone battery dies quickly when you need it.

  • artikas

    I have to agree with mike. Most of my family and friends use iphones; here in canada as well as europe. even if only 1/3 of the contacts i most frequently talk to (which it actually is more like 2/3+) it would cut down my phone minutes by 33% and lower my long distance charges quite a bit.
    Therefor yes; i personally think it will make a great impact.

  • artikas

    I hesitated a couple times calling some friends or mortgage clients overseas using facetime. Due to the time difference (9 hrs) i am usually just going to bed or waking up and not in the mood of showing my face to anyone. Voice only will help with that. This option will allow me to eliminate skype over time with IOS users. Again thats just my scenario and I understand if for some people it would have no impact

  • artikas

    Get a car charger 😛

  • artikas

    Thats true

  • artikas

    What?!?!? NO??? sure about that??? Noooo!? Really?
    That would be so dumb!

  • Al

    You’re assuming everybody lives in an area with really good reception. I have fair reception (even though the tower is only a mile away), which turns to almost no reception when in the basement rec room (which is where my home office is and where we hang out most of the evening). I’d like to cut the cord, but it’s just not practical.

  • Al

    I think that was the new photo sharing feature that they said that (which is also dumb).

  • Al

    Mike said “…could end up being the big unsung feature in this that will enable more people to cut the cords on their landlines”.
    That’s silly. People have had access to Skype for a long time now, so they would have done it already if it made sense for them (I’m sure some did). As, unlike FaceTime, there are no restrictions with a super cheap annual plan.

  • Go to the video and scrub to 1:52:24. “Things like FaceTime Audio where you now can do audio-only hi quality audio calls over Wi-Fi on any iOS device. (applause)”

    It jumped out at me as a “one step forward and two steps back” sort of thing.

  • Anon

    I take it Gary, that you don’t have an alarm system?

  • Al

    Perhaps they felt that they couldn’t use the phrase “hi quality” in any other context? Or, like the new photo sharing feature, it IS only WiFi? Hard to believe, but if so… “Two steps back” indeed.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    i do, and i dont have a landline, dedicated sim card in the system

  • Jason

    Maybe we should get an android to back up our iphones to replace our landlines/back up phone lol

  • Good idea. Nexus 4 just ordered!

  • Dave White

    Looks like per app VPN was spoken about but there is no sign of it in this build?

  • FutureMedia

    AT&T has already announced that they will allow FaceTime calls over LTE data for all customers by the end of 2013. So wifi will no longer be required at launch or very shortly after launch of iOS 7. BTW I use a magicJack account with their app on my iPhone 5 and iPad 4 over LTE all the time for free.

  • bradg17

    What a stupid answer, what if you don’t own a car? I do, but a lot of city folk don’t.