Mobile Phones Guide
11 Details You Might Have Missed about iOS 7
With all the big news yesterday about iOS 7 (Control Center! Automatic app updating! A Settings app icon that looks like a stove!), here are some little iOS 7 details you might have missed.
1. Spotlight isn't Missing, It's Just on Every Home
Try to swipe to the left for Spotlight and you'll find it isn't there. But Spotlight isn't missing, it's just using a different gesture - drag down on any home screen (just not from the very top, as that'll pull down Notification Center) and it comes back.
2. Panoramic Wallpaper
You might have heard about the parallax-mimicking feature for still wallpapers, which makes wallpapers appear to move as you tilt the phone. You might also have heard about the new dynamic wallpapers which animate in the background (the two included with the iOS 7 developer preview have sparkly orbs which appear and disappear in time).
But have you heard about panoramic wallpaper? The ones on iOS 7 work differently from Android's, while Android's wallpaper animate as you move between home screens, iOS 7's panorama moves as you tilt the phone - even on the lock screen.
You have to install a panoramic wallpaper from within the Settings app, if you do it in the Photos app it doesn't work. You can also import panoramas taken with another camera to use as panoramic wallpaper.
3. The Clock's for Real
The Clock icon animates for real to show the exact time.
4. A New Level Tool
The Compass app comes with a brand new Level tool. Swipe to the right and play 'get to zero', both horizontally and vertically. You just heard the sound of a million level app makers cry out in terror and suddenly silenced. Also, the calibration method has been changed to a 'complete the circle' game rather than the ridiculous-looking 'figure 8' hand-waving.
5. Calendar Loses List View
For those of us who liked using Calendar's list view to see our appointments at a go, it's gone from iOS 7. Gone!
6. New Charging Indicator
Instead of a giant battery, when you plug in your iPhone it now shows your wallpaper and a smaller charging indicator.
7. Notifications are Easier to Clear
The 'X' button is now designed for the size of human fingers.
8. Notifications are Massive on the Lock Screen
A single notification and the wallpaper is blurred out. A few notifications and they take up your entire screen. There is one rather elegant detail; the older notifications will temporarily darken when a new one comes in.
9. Flickr and Vimeo Sharing
In addition to Twitter and Facebook, iOS 7 now supports Flickr and Vimeo. Useful if you love Marissa Mayer's new Flickr.
10. Tight Text
Text is seriously tight - as in invading personal space tight - in some apps. The number pad display is especially small.
11. Notification Center's Today Summary is Really Just a Summary
The new Today summary in Notification Center really just shows you a summary instead of the entire day's event. The Calendar only lists about four hours' worth of events, so if you're checking the list at 9AM, Notification Center will tell you in natural language that you'll have something at 7PM but it won't show up in the list view.