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Apple iOS 7's Best Features

At WWDC 2013 on Monday, Apple announced iOS 7 for the iPhone and iPad. Check out the new mobile platform's advantages.

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Apple Monday revealed the next-generation version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7. The new platform has undergone a major transition since last fall's debut of iOS 6. iOS 7 has a whole new look and feel, as well as tons of new features under the hood. Speaking Monday during the keynote address at Apple's WWDC, CEO Tim Cook called iOS7 "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone."

Here are the things we like the most.

New Look

iOS 7 is a radical departure from every generation of iOS that came before. Designer Jony Ive's influence is clear. All of the 3-D elements and natural textures that have given iOS its signature look over the years are gone. That means no wooden bookshelf in iBooks, no felt tabletop in Game Center, no leather-bound calendar and so on.

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The new operating system has a much more modern look thanks to cleaner lines, more use of white space, modern fonts, and a different color palette. There's no denying that it is a big departure, but Apple was sure to keep many of the platform's elements the same, such as the home screen layout and icon shape.

Sliding Gestures

Apple added a new sliding gesture to a number of apps, including Safari, Messages and Email that make it easier to move between messages, in-boxes or open tabs. The gesture is activated by swiping to the right or left when viewing messages.

Further, Apple added a new control screen that is accessible via swiping up from the bottom of the screen. This control screen provides quick and easy access to the wireless radios, brightness settings, a flashlight and music controls. (Users of Google's Android platform will likely find it familiar.)

Lock Screen Notifications

The lock screen has a new look and feel to match the rest of the operating system. More important than the appearance, however, is the new support for notifications. iOS 7 allows users to see more notifications directly on the lock screen as well as to take action on those notifications. Further, notifications will sync across devices, so if you mark something on an iPad or Mac computer, it will be marked read on the iPhone as well.


Apple has made significant improvements to the way multitasking functions within iOS. Chiefly, multitasking is now supported by all apps available to the operating system. Previously, only select apps could function in the background while users were off doing other things. In addition to expanded support, iOS 7 is smarter about multitasking. It uses a new set of parameters to define when it should and shouldn't update calls in the background, all of which are meant to help maximize battery life while also making sure users have the most up-to-date information.

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User Rank: Apprentice
6/11/2013 | 1:47:06 PM
re: Apple iOS 7's Best Features
I am more interested in iRadio, because I am already iTunes Match subscriber. Mission Control is a good add but overall I am not sure if I like the flat concept. I like the current icons but I must agree excess use of skeuomorphic concept is little cheesy. Multitasking is much much better. The integration of Bing with Siri is interesting. Looks like Apple and MS are forming an alliance against Google, which is not bad at all for the competition. It would be interesting to see the final product.
Cara Latham
Cara Latham,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/11/2013 | 12:42:05 PM
re: Apple iOS 7's Best Features
iTunes radio, a more modern look, and the in-car connections (and the fact they already have automobile manufacturers signed on) especially makes this new operating system very attractive, even to those of us (me, included) who use Android (though, for everything else, I prefer Apple).
User Rank: Apprentice
6/11/2013 | 4:05:38 AM
re: Apple iOS 7's Best Features
If they allowed changing the font size for all OS related text (e.g. settings, text under icons, message box, etc.) I think they could stem some of the user base loss due to older people having difficulty reading the relatively smaller text compared with other smartphone devices (e.g. Android, Windows). I know a quite a few individuals that switched from iPhone with that as a major complaint.
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