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What's New in iOS 7?

Story posted September 17, 2013

On September 18, 2013 Apple will release iOS 7, a new version of software for iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch.  With iOS 7 comes a new voice for Siri and a new, simple, and clean design with a focus on multitasking, and easier access to information you need quickly. 

iOS 7 will work on the following devices:

  • iPad 2, IPad 3 (Retina), iPad 4, iPad mini
  • iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s
  • iPod Touch 5th generation

Before upgrading:

It will be tempting to rush and upgrade as soon as you see the update available on your device. A little preparation can help make sure things go smoothly.

  1. Update all of your applications if there are any listed in the App Store under updates. 
  2. Use iTunes to create a backup of your device. This backup will includes any special settings you have in an app, your photos and any data you have in applications like music or files.  Apple has instructions for backing up your device using iTunes. 
  3. Make sure you have enough storage space. iOS 7 needs 3 GB of free space available to install. To see how much free space you have go to Settings/General/Useage. 

Installing iOS 7:

You will be able to get iOS 7 by either downloading it in iTunes (with your device plugged into the computer) or  directly from your device. On your device you will find the update in Settings/General/Software Update as soon as it is made available by Apple. Make sure your device is plugged in first. The update may take some time and your device will restart, just be patient. *Also note that when iOS 7 has finished installing your phone or iPad will start up with a setup screen. Don't worry! Your apps, photos, and music are still there, just go through the setup steps.

What is new in iOS 7?:

Control Center - Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Center revealing easy access to often used tools like Airplane Mode, Volume, Camera, Wi-Fi and Do Not Disturb.

ios7 control center

Spotlight Search - No longer do you need to swipe to the right to reveal the Search bar.  From the Home screen swipe the middle of your screen down to display the Search bar at the top of the screen.

iOS 7 search

Notification Center - Swipe down from the top of the screen to display the Notification Center. Here you can see missed calls, ToDos, or new messages. You can also see a full daily summary of your calendar.   You can also view any Missed notifications or All notifications.

iOS 7 notification

Switching Apps - Double-tapping the Home Button will still allow you to switch between apps but the way you switch is different. You will see thumbnails of pages. Tap on a thumbnail to open the app. You can still tap the icons at the bottom of the screen.  

iOS 7 multi

Quitting Apps - Double-Tap the Home button. With your finger flick the thumbnail image of the app up towards the top of the screen and it will disappear from the open apps.

Safari - You will notice that Safari now has a very simple look to it. The search and address fields have been joined. You can type an actual web site address or do a Google search in the same field. Instead of tapping the back button to go back to the previous web page you can just swipe to the right or left across the entire width of the screen. On the iPhone, when you start to scroll down, the toolbars will disappear giving you more space to read. Scroll back to the top of the page to display the toolbar again.

iOS 7 iphone

Mail - Other than design changes there is not a lot different in Mail. Swipe left on an email in your email list to display a new "Move and Trash" option. 

iOS 7 mail

Calendar - The calendar has had a complete makeover with a very simple interface. Tap the word "Calendar" at the bottom of the screen to show all of your calendars. In the monthly view you can scroll down through months and years.

iOS 7 calendar

Notes - Like Mail, Calendar and Reminders, Notes now syncs with Bowdoin's Exchange Mail/Calendar system. You can view your notes in Webmail in a Notes folder or view them in Outlook. To make sure your notes are syncing with Bowdoin's Exchange server go to Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Tap on your Bowdoin email account. Slide the button next to Notes to on (showing green).

iOS 7 notes

There are many new and fun features that come with iOS 7. To see a preview and even more features than what is listed here visit Apple's iOS website.

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iOS 7 Home Screen,