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    June 11, 2013

    Our 5 Favourite New iOS7 Features

    Apple fans were probably nailed to their PC’s last night to see what Apple’s software guys have been brewing for the last year. The anticipation was more than usual this year – iOS’s development leadership structure had a reshuffle a few months ago, and Jony Ive has taken over the design of the new iOS7.

    A New Look.

    Jony Ive is the guy responsible for Apple’s hardware design until now. His work until now gives you an idea where his preferences lies. Simplicity and well thought out “golden rule” approaches can be found all over the new iOS7. App icons are all redesigned (after 5 years of very subtle changes) using a grid like design within the icon. All the 3D looking gradients of past icons are gone. Simple flat icons might take some getting used though.

    Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 8.41.47 AM

    But the entire interface is not purely “flat” like say, Windows Phone. The interface has distinct functional layers to help create depth to give the impression of hierarchy and order. Plenty of translucency is also found with elements like the keyboard.

    Just like the rumours suggested, Apple has removed most of the skeumorphic elements from iOS7. All those green felt and leather stitching is now replaced by much cleaner (dare we say Google like?) looks with more white space and fine text. But Apple has also been quite sneaky – many of their built in apps now use elements of very popular apps in the AppStore. Mail now uses a sweep across very similiar to the recently Dropbox acquired Mailbox app. Calendar uses elements from Fantastical and Sunrise. Weather looks very much the new Yahoo Weather app (but with much nicer looking animations).

    The new interface is also full of small changes – if you have been using iPhone in the past you will quickly notice them.

    Control Center

    Yes, just like Notification center, this feature was taken from Android “as inspiration”. Control Center is not integrated with the pull down menu however. You move your thumb upwards from the bottom of the screen for all the most important settings. Brightness, Airplane mode, music controls and Airplay are all there.


    There is also finally a quick button to enable a “torch mode” – effectively killing all flashlight apps. Small change, but has a big effect.

    Notification Center

    Notification Center has also been significantly changed. Instead of a long list of incoming messages, the new notification center gets a new look, but also gains three tabs – today, all, and missed. The today screen has a Google Now kinda feel to it. It tells you about your day in more natural language with weather, as well as a quick view of today’s calendar. Right at the bottom it also tells you what your day is like tomorrow.

    Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 10.29.15 AM

    New Multitasking

    First off, Multitasking now finally looks a lot better than before. iOS7 will show you a preview of the app running in the background, as well as a quicker way of killing it – simply swipe upwards on the preview.


    But the big news is not the way it looks. iOS7 will now intelligently updates apps in the background when it feels the time is right – based on power efficient times, as well as your typical schedule. Normally read News24 first thing in the morning? News24 will be ready and waiting when you wake up. Apps that receive push notifications will also load to be ready when you see the notification. No more clicking on notifications and waiting for the app and content to first load.


    AirDrop has always been one of the nicest features of Mac for teams who quickly need to share files. AirDrop is now coming to iOS as well – which means you can instantly share items with other iPhones. Yes – bluetooth sharing has been available on other platforms for years, but it sure is great to finally have it on iPhone as well. You can choose who can see your device – for example, no one, only contacts or “everyone” can see your phone for AirDrop transfers. No need to bump your phones against each other like other phones out there.


    Need less to say there is lot more features in iOS7, but these are the ones we are really excited about.

    What do you think of iOS7? Much of the same, or truly innovative?

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    • Brennan Babb

      itunes radio is rocking! , I am experiencing wifi issues on ios 7

      • Charl Norman

        Always onto the beta first! 😉

      • Fox

        You have a developer account?

      • Duncan

        How did I know Brennan Babb would be commented on this site?

      • Alfred

        How did we know indeed… LOL

    • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

      While I do like the bits and pieces borrowed from Android and WP8 and I do think the new features are cool, that Control Centre has not been thought out thoroughly (it’s a bit of a mess by Apple standards) and the new “flat” look is a step backwards in my opinion.

      • VaughanLund

        Well apparently according to Apple, the Windows 8 flat look is the way of the future.

    • saneman

      shame apple trying to play catch up maybe they could improve thing by making there device even more expensive that normally gets the apple retards spending

      • Jacques Hollands

        Since you feel the need to be insulting, perhaps I can highlight that your spelling ability leaves a lot to be desired, not to mention some grammatical errors too. It should be “their device”, not “there device”. From an Apple “retard” for whom English is a 2nd language.

    • Dewald Van Niekerk

      Been working with it for a day. I can say it is currently a battery drain. This will probably be fixed as time goes on. It is VERY responsive and much quicker than iOS6. I agree with Theunis, the LOUD colours need some getting used to. All the other features are wonderful. Love the “tabs” in Safari as well as the multi-tasking. Swiping to the left and not right to trash or delete needs getting used to. iTunes Radio has been playing the whole of yesterday…YES! Siri seems to be an improvement. Conclusion after one day….so far so good.

      • Battery drain seems to happen if you restore from older backup.

        • Nick

          And where did you get iOS7 on your phone?

    • E

      i thought IOS7 would only be available later in the year

      • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

        It will launch be September, its only the beta that has launched.

      • Developers have access to the beta.

    • Jaun Lombard

      Apple copies Android…and Airdrop is the same as Bluetooth, but use data? How is that better?

      • Jaapster1234

        Airdrop is actually quite different. It will use Wifi, but devices do not need to be on the same network.

        But – certain Airdrop functions require BT.


    • Craig

      Had to adjust the contrast, slightly bright. Overall a winner.