IOS 7. Worth the hype?
Apple yesterday released its beta version of its new OS, IOS 7 for developers. That hasnt stopped people from getting their hands on it, including me. Before we get to the download links and review, please make sure you do not install this on your daily driver. Being in a beta stage it is bound to have bugs.
Ive been using it for the past few hours so thought to share my initial findings.
LOOK AND FEEL
The 1st thing you will notice is the flatter with a much cleaner interface with an animated live wallpaper. The signal bars have been replaced with a series of dots with the fonts also being changed, giving this OS a fresher look. Even though the look as been changed, previous IOS users will have no problems picking it up instantly.
I found it annoying having to go into the settings app to turn on/off my wifi, bluetooth etc. With the new control center now changing these settings is just a swipe away. Just swipe up to change the settings of Wifi, flight mode, playback controls and so on.
Although this remains the same, it has been completely overhauled, looking much neater. There’s also an addition of a new Today screen, which lets you see what your days plans are.
This is a new addition all together and a much needed one. AirDrop is basically a file sharing service. From the Control Center you can select the AirDrop icon to share files with other iOS users. Your friends appear in a menu and you just have to select the one that you want to send the files to. I havent been able to try this feature as yet since I have yet to get my hands on a 2nd IOS device running IOS7.
Siri has been revamped as well with a new voices and a much better interface. I especially like the soundwave animation when you speak, with Siri’s results coming up in full screen. The best and much needed feature is the new capability of Siri to turn on Bluetooth, and increase the brightness settings. You can also ask Siri to search Wikipedia and Twitter.
Say hello to a new and improved Safari with full screen browsing. Navagation bars only appear when needed. I love the new tab browser where one just needs to flick through open tabs with Icloud tabs also appearing. Also the addition of a unified search is much appreciated.
Pretty much the same expect the fact that it now allows automatic update of Apps.
CAMERA AND PHOTOS
Whenever choosing a phone I look at the camera. Iphones have always had a good camera but the app itself has just been very basic. I’m glad to see some changes here with the addition of filters.
The photo app has also changed for the better. Now you can browse by date and location, giving you automatic filtering of images.
Finally apps are updated automatically by Push Notifications, so gone are the days when you’d have to wait for them to update when you switch to them. GOne are the little icons in the tray(When switching)You can now swipe between apps in a fashion very similar to WebOS-like card interface. CLosing an app is as simple as swiping it up.
Having 2 IOS devices it can get pretty irritation dismissing the same notifications on both devices. With the new notification sync, just as the name says will sync all notifications so if you dismiss a notification on 1, you wont get it on the other device.
The beta version of iOS 7 is available for the iPhone now, with an iPad version coming in the next few weeks. The final version will come in Autumn. You can grab your copy from here. Make sure you back up your device and as always……do it at your own risk.
You need a developer account to try the beta. If you dont have one you can just download the IOS 7 from the above link, click on updates in iTunes(Holding down the “Option key/alt” on a Mac and point the IOS7. You need IOS6.1.4 to do this. Make sure you choose UPDATE and not RESTORE otherwise your device will not activate.
If you run into any error use this.
Whatever way you try make sure you activate your Iphone when on IOS6 and ONLY use the update option and not the restore. Any issues let me know however once again PLEASE DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK and before doing so make sure you have at least some knowledge about system files.
I think this is the first major redesign of the iOS since the iPhone’s release in 2007. Apple has done a somewhat good job. Im loving the changes so far which would hopefully only get better with the final release. 1 thing missing is the search field. Since I have a lot of apps it saved me time looking for them. Most likely it would(should) be available in the final release.
Edit: Search feature is there however accessing it has changed. You can now swipe down(halfway from your screen) to get to it