Apple iOS 7 - beginner’s guide

Discover the new features found in Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad update.
 
 
 

 

  • Apple iPhone 5S trio running iOS 7
    Lou Hattersley
    Last updated: 18 September 2013, 07:29 BST

    Apple’s iPhone and iPad are like trusty friends - they’ve been around for a while, and although they’re great they sometimes feel a bit familiar.

    Well not anymore: Apple is set to shock everybody with iOS 7, a free update to the software that runs iPhones and iPads.

    The familiar Apple app icons, backgrounds and folders have all been ditched in favour of a colourful modern art style that is completely different. Just about every element of the interface has been changed, moved or just looks completely new.

    The update is available for free for all owners of most iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices – older models may not be eligible for an upgrade. Head to ‘How to upgrade to iOS 7’ to find out more.

     
     

     

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  • Getting used to the new look
    Lou Hattersley
    Last updated: 18 September 2013, 07:29 BST

    iOS 7 introduces a completely modern operating system created by Jony Ive, the British designer behind the iPhone.

    Everything is a lot more colourful than before, and as you navigate you feel like you’re zooming in and out of apps and the home screen.

    It’s also a lot less cluttered too - packed with plain backgrounds and skinny text. It’s worth remembering, though, that it works in much the same way as before. You tap apps to open them, press the Home button to return to the home screen, and even though all of the features and functions look different, they work in largely the same way.

     
     

     

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  • Control Centre - iOS 7
    Lou Hattersley
    Last updated: 18 September 2013, 07:29 BST

    One of the biggest new features in iOS 7 is Control Centre. This offers quick access to a stack of convenient features that you’ll typically use on your iPhone and iPad. 

    To access the Control Centre you slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen. You can do this at just about any point when using the iPad or iPhone, even with apps and games playing.

    It provides convenient buttons to control music and video; volume and brightness sliders; quick on/off controls for wi-fi, Bluetooth, airplane and ‘Do Not Disturb’ modes. It also offers AirDrop and AirPlay (Apple’s technologies for sharing files and playing music and video on speakers and television sets respectively) and also quick buttons for the camera, timer, calculator and a flashlight.

     
     

     

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  • Dynamic Wallpaper in iOS 7
    Lou Hattersley
    Last updated: 18 September 2013, 07:29 BST

    One fantastic new addition to iOS 7 is the new dynamic wallpapers. These come in a range of colours and consist of spotlights that float around behind the apps on the home screen.  Choosing a dynamic wallpaper makes the whole iOS appear much more vibrant.

    You find them in Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness - Choose Wallpaper then Dynamic.

    A range of colours are available to choose from. One additional neat touch is that backgrounds now move around behind app icons as you move the phone around.

     
     

     

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  • Multitasking
    Lou Hattersley
    Last updated: 18 September 2013, 07:29 BST

    There is a whole new multitasking system in iOS 7. Multitasking is the window used to switch between different apps and close down apps that you don’t want to use for a while.

    Double-tap the home button to open the Multitasking window and instead of the small bar at the bottom of the screen you see full-screen app previews.

    Slide left and right and tap on an app to go straight to it. If you want to close down an app, slide the window up and off the top of the screen.

     
     

     

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  • AirDrop
    Lou Hattersley
    Last updated: 18 September 2013, 07:29 BST

    AirDrop is a new technology for sharing files over a wi-fi network to other people nearby.

    Using AirDrop is pretty simple – just open Control Centre and tap on AirDrop to turn it on. You can choose to limit file sharing to Contacts Only (people in your address book) or Everyone.

    You can share all kinds of things like photos, web pages, text documents, and so on. Whenever you tap the Share icon, other people using AirDrop will appear alongside the usual Message and Mail options. Just tap on them to bounce the file to their device.

     
     

     

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  • Photo Colletions
    Lou Hattersley
    Last updated: 18 September 2013, 07:29 BST

    Photos are now displayed using an interesting new system called Years, Collections and Moments.

    In Years view you see tiny pictures of all the photos you have on the phone. Tapping them takes you into Collections, which are sets based on the time and location that you took the photo, intelligently sorted them into groups of similar pictures (say from a holiday in France).

    Tap again and you get Moments, which are the individual groups of photos (such as the first day at the beach on your holiday), and then again to view each individual photo. It’s strange at first but lovely once you get used to it.

     
     

     

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  • weather
    Lou Hattersley
    Last updated: 18 September 2013, 07:29 BST

    There’s a gorgeous new Weather app that shows you what the weather is like near you or in any specific part of the world.

    New animated weather effects are a really nice touch, with clouds rolling across the iPhone display or water pouring down the screen.

    Tap the temperature setting and it will tell you the humidity, chance of rain, wind speed and ‘feels like’ temperature.

    Tapping the List icon in the bottom-right enables you to add different areas to the Weather app.

     
     

     

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