iOS 7

The time has come! The new Apple iOS update is upon us. Many of you loyal iPhone users have been patiently waiting for this year’s update. I am happy to announce that iOS 7 will be released this fall! You may have heard that this is a big update from Apple. They have made many changes to the design and added a few new features. They have also given some of your old favorites a nice face lift.

Design

The main goal for this update was to make things simpler. They wanted to achieve simplicity – not to be confused with minimalism. Simplicity is more complicated than you might think. This isn’t just removing something that is unnecessary – it’s more making sure things are offered in the right place at the right time. According to Apple’s website, “when you pick something up for the first time and already know how to do the things you want to do, that’s simplicity.” What Apple has done with this new update is create an experience that is more effortless and useful. Irrelevant buttons and bars have been removed, as well as design elements that add no real value to the user experience. This creates a greater focus on your content. Isn’t that the most important part of your phone? One of the most exciting changes in the design of the iOS 7 is how they have given the iPhone a sense of dimension. This is done by adding functional layers that help create some depth to the screen. Another change you will be sure to notice, is that your icons have been overhauled. They have been given a new design and a new color palate to go with. The icons are now arranged around a new grid system as well.

Features

A control center is something we have needed for some time now. The Control Center feature, like the notification center, can be accessed from any screen. All you have to do is swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Control Center will give you quick and easy access to things you seem to use the most – brightness, airplane mode, Bluetooth to give you a few examples. You can also access utilities like your timer, calculator or the new flashlight feature.

We are constantly multitasking, and with the new iOS 7 update we can multitask even easier. To access all the apps you are currently using, all you have to do is double click on the home button and then scroll through all your open apps. To close one, just swipe it up and off the screen. Simple as that! Apple not only made multitasking easier, they have made it smarter. With this new update your phone will learn when you use certain apps. This means if you check a social media app at the same time every day, iOS 7 will learn to update before this time so your new content will be ready and waiting by the time you launch the app.

Typically we share photos and contacts through a text message. This is easy when that person you are sending the picture to is not with you, but what if that person is with you at the time. Introducing, AirDrop. With AirDrop you can share images and documents by using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. All you have to do is select the person you want to send items to and your phone does the rest. With AirDrop you don’t have to worry about only sending pictures to your personal contacts. You can change who you would like to access in AirDrop by selections “Contacts Only” or “Everyone.”

Some of your original features have been given a decent update as well. The camera now has nine filters as well as a square photo option. Your images are now organized by date. Your pictures are organized by year, and each year is made up of collections, like your vacations this summer. Each collection has specific moments like a concert you attended while on vacation. Safari is now also easier to use and navigate with the new tab view. And to top it off your close friend Siri has been updated. It now has a more human like voice, with a male or female option, to make it easier to understand and more successful.

There are many other new and exciting changes with iOS 7. The update will be available this fall. Until then you can read up on everything to expect to come with the update and watch the video on iOS 7 on the Apple website.

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