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Less obvious features in iOS7 and our one month review

by on October 22, 2013
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It’s the biggest visual overhaul of iOS since Apple introduced the iPhone.
You don’t have to hunt for common settings anymore.
Siri can now be a man.


It’ll be a while before all your apps are fully updated. But one month in and most of the apps we use on a daily basis are already updated to work with iOS7.
iOS 7 is a one-way trip. Once you are on iOS7 there is no going back.

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With the new design tweaks in iOS7 we think it may be a little overwhelming at first but once you use the phone for a solid 7 days you will feel like a pro. All and all, our personal consensus is that a clean design has made us rethink our whole entire office/lab environment. Apple has a winning strategy. And that is to keep things simple and clean. Best part about owning a apple phone? You will get money back after two years from it. Good luck getting any money back from selling your Android after two years.


Here are some random things things that you (probably) didn’t know in iOS7. Not all of it was implemented in iOS7 but we at least found them after it was released. We will try to cut out the fluff that was on all of the other “hidden features” articles (pssssh, blocked calls? That’s hardly “hidden.”) and try to list all of the things that surprised us or took some digging to find. Some of it may also be completely useless, but whatever, we think you will enjoy this quick list.

  • Go into landscape while in the Music app to access album view. You can pinch in or out to reveal/hide more albums.
  • While in Compass, tap the inside the compass to show the difference of how many degrees you are currently at to when you tapped the screen.
  • The tabs in Safari use the gyroscope to create a parallax-like effect when viewing all tabs.
  • You can open Multi-Tasking, Control Center and Notification Center while the Camera app is open to partially conceal the screen for some incognito snapshots.
  • While typing in the URL field in Safari, the .com key from iOS6 seems to have disappeared. Hold down the period key to reveal .com, .net, .ca and the other address endings.
  • Tap the alarm clock icon in the Reminders app to open a Schedule-like List View for your reminders.
  • Teach Siri how to pronounce names by saying, “Learn how to pronounce X.” You can also teach Siri how people are related to you by saying, “X is my brother/mother/etc.” This can also be done manually in Contacts>Contact name>Edit>Add related name. This wasn’t implemented in iOS7 but hey, we thought it was pretty cool.
  • I don’t know if this was in iOS6 but whatever. Swipe left or right on the number display in the Calculator app to backspace one number.
  • You can control which of your apps use Cellular Data. Go to Settings>Cellular to see a list of apps that you can turn off data usage for. Not all apps that use data are there however. To turn it off you need to use the app while data is on to retrieve or send any amount of data. This will put the app on your list and you can now turn off data usage for it. Personally, I use this to not have any apps use data, while still being able to use Siri for Music and Calling.
  • Tap the temperature in the Weather app to reveal the Humidity, Chance of Rain, Wind and Feels Like.
  • Apple Maps has an extremely accurate 3D buildings mode accessed by tapping the “3D” icon at the bottom. Slide two fingers up or down in order to change the angle of your view. Again, not sure if this was implemented before iOS7.
  • Go to Settings>Privacy>Location Services>System Services>Frequent Locations to view a list of places that you frequently go to.
  • When a picture in your Photos app is selected (when the back and edit buttons at the top), you can pinch to close it. While you’re pinching, you can manipulate the size and rotation of the photo by keeping bot fingers on the screen but moving them around. You can make your photos do flips ‘n’ shit.
  • While choosing a wallpaper, if the area of the image that is around the Lock Screen’s time is primarily white or a light colour, the time will be in black and if the portion of the area is in any other deep colour the time will be in white.
  •  In the Now Playing in the Music app, tap the song’s title or album artwork to rate the song.
  • You can now edit what you say to Siri by tapping on the text that it recognized.
  • To take pictures with multitasking/control center and notification center, you can use the volume buttons.

What are some of your favorite tips and tricks with iOS7?

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  • megalazorspew

    There’s no need to have your phone searching for Wi-Fi when there’s no
    trusted network in sight. You’ll save yourself some trouble if you get
    in the habit of turning of Wi-Fi from the Control Center when you leave
    the house. Alternatively, you can go to Settings>>Wi-Fi and turn Ask to Join Networks to off. This way your phone will hop on Wi-Fi networks it knows, but won’t look around for more without direct orders. Hope that helps!

    Also, you don’t need LTE on. LTE murders your battery.