Control Centre gives you quick access to the controls and apps you always seem to need this second. Just swipe up from any screen — including the Lock screen — to do things like switch to Airplane mode, turn Wi‑Fi on or off or adjust the brightness of your display. You can even shine a light on things with a new torch. Never has one swipe given you so much control.
Do what you need to do. Quick.
Turn on or off Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb. Lock your screen’s orientation or adjust its brightness. Play, pause or skip a song. Connect to AirPlay-enabled devices. And quickly access your torch, timer, calculator and camera.
Notification Centre lets you know about new mail, missed calls, to-dos that need doing and more. And a new feature called Today gives you a convenient summary of, well, today. One glance at your iPhone and you’ll know if it’s a certain someone’s birthday or if you’ll need an umbrella.1 You’ll even get a heads-up on tomorrow. You can access Notification Centre from any screen, including the Lock screen. Just swipe down. And get up to speed.
Multitasking has always been a smart way to switch between apps. Now it’s even smarter. Because iOS 7 learns when you like to use your apps and can update your content before you launch them. So if you tend to check your favourite social app at 9:00 am every day, your feed will be ready and waiting for you. That’s multitasking in iOS 7. It knows what you want to do before you do.
A smarter way to multitask.
Press the Home button twice to see preview screens of the apps you have open. To quit an app, just swipe it up and out of preview.
Intelligently scheduled updates.
iOS schedules updates during power-efficient times. Like when your device is on and connected to Wi-Fi. So your battery isn’t drained unnecessarily.
Camera in iOS 7 puts all your shooting formats — still, video, panorama and now square — front and centre. With a swipe, you can capture what you want the way you want.2 Fast. And new filters let you do even more with each image. Give it a retro feel. Crank up the contrast. Or go black and white. Artistic licence is all yours.
You can apply filters to still and square photos. Pick a filter and see the effect before you take the picture. Or just take the shot and apply it later. If you change your mind and decide no filter is the best filter, you can simply remove it.3
Now there are faster, easier and more delightful ways to scroll down memory lane. Introducing Moments, Collections and Years — smart groupings of your photos and videos based on time and place. Tap Years and all your shots fill the screen. Each year holds Collections, like your trip to California. And in that Collection are distinct Moments — photos from the Golden Gate Bridge, videos from Yosemite. So you can find a shot from whenever, wherever, in no time.
Sending a photo or a document to someone via text or email is fine. But if that someone is right next to you, a text or an email suddenly feels like too many steps. Enter AirDrop for iOS. It lets you quickly and easily share photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app with a Share button. Just tap Share, then select the person you want to share with. AirDrop does the rest using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No setup required. And transfers are encrypted, so what you share is highly secure.5
Browsing is bigger, better and more beautiful with Safari in iOS 7. Buttons and bars — like the unified smart search field — stay hidden until you scroll to reveal them.6 So you see more content than ever on your screen. And with a swipe, you can go back or forward a page. It’s all designed so nothing gets in your way or slows you down.
Lots of things you do on the web require passwords. Now iCloud can remember your account names, passwords and credit card numbers for you. And Safari will enter them automatically whenever you need to sign in to a site or shop online. It works on all your approved iOS 7 devices and Mac computers running OS X Mavericks. And with 256-bit AES encryption, it’s highly secure.
Apps Near Me — a new feature of the App Store in iOS 7 — shows you a collection of popular apps relevant to your current location. And anytime you feel like there’s just too much good stuff to choose from on the App Store, let your Wish List give you a break. Save apps to it now and buy them later when you’re ready. iOS 7 also keeps your apps up to date automatically, so you don’t have to bother. Another bonus of automatic updates: no more little red badge begging for your attention.
Losing your iOS device feels lousy. Thankfully, Find My iPhone can help you get it back. But if it looks like that’s not going to happen, new security features in iOS 7 make it harder for anyone who’s not you to use or sell your device. Now turning off Find My iPhone or erasing your device requires your Apple ID and password. Find My iPhone can also continue to display a customised message, even after your device is erased. And your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can reactivate it. Which means your device is still your device. No matter where it is.7
iOS 7 includes many new features designed to make it easier for businesses to put iOS devices in the hands of employees. Features such as better protection of work and personal data, management of app licences, seamless enrolment in Mobile Device Management, wireless app configuration, enterprise single sign‑on support and default data protection for third‑party apps.
With the iOS 7 SDK, developers can enable their apps to take advantage of all that iOS 7 offers. Like new multitasking APIs to keep content in apps up to date, the ability to add realistic motion to apps using UI Dynamics, AirDrop support and more. Download the SDK today to start making your apps the best they’ve ever been. Learn more