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The new Camera app gets a new UI design shift, with the previous video/photo button now being replaced with swipe gestures to move between different shooting modes. A “Square” mode has been added on most devices, and Panorama has been moved into its own mode. Buttons to control the flash, switch to the front camera, and toggle HDR mode all remain in much the same places as before, slightly redesigned.


Holding down the shutter button—either the on-screen button or the hardware volume buttons—will take multiple photos in a “burst mode” of sorts. While not the same as the Apple-promoted “burst mode” added to the iPhone 5s, the feature demonstrates—and takes advantage of—the noticeable increase in image capture speed in iOS 7.

iOS 7 also adds the ability to adjust zoom during video recording. The iPhone 5s uniquely gains a Slo-Mo (720p/120 frame-per-second) video recording mode, as well.

Filters (iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPod touch)

The newer iPhone models and the iPod touch also gain access to a new live filters feature in the standard and square photo modes, via a new button found in the bottom right corner. Tapping this brings up a list of eight different filters that can be applied: Mono, Tonal, Noir, Fade, Chrome, Process, Transfer, and Instant.


Selecting a filter immediately applies it to the live view and any photos taken while in that view, and the filter will remain selected until the user chooses another filter or turns the feature off by selecting “none.” It’s worth mentioning as well that both the standard photo and square photo views can each have their different filters selected independently of each other.


A new main view has been added to the Photos app that groups all photos by where and when they were taken rather than simply presenting them in a single big camera roll. Each set of photo is grouped under a header showing the name of the location the photos were taken, which the user can tap on to see a map view. A “Share” button also allows quick sharing of an entire grouping of photos without having to select each of them individually.


Users can tap in the top-left corner to move up to a broader “Collections” view, and from there up to a “Years” view, which by default provide a “summarized” mosaic of photos grouped by larger date and location ranges. An option can be found under “Photos & Camera” in the iOS Settings app to switch off the Summarize Photos view which will show ALL photos in each of the Collection and Year groupings.


Note that these collections in the main Photos screen now group ALL of the images that are stored on the device, including those from the traditional “Camera Roll” along with Photo Stream content and even photos synced from iTunes. Deleting a photo from this view will delete it from both the Photo Stream and the local Camera Roll—a useful convenience if you actually want to discard bad photos without having to manually remove them in two places, but not necessarily as efficient for simply clearing up space on your device. Note that photos synced from your computer via iTunes still cannot be deleted directly on the device.


An “Albums” view presents photos organized in the more traditional manner, with Camera Roll and Photo Stream shown separately. New groupings are also available here for Panorama photos and Videos, and Faces and Events synced from iPhoto or Aperture are now treated as albums in this view, rather than receiving their own section on the bottom menu bar.

Shared Streams

A new “Shared” section provides access to shared streams, along with an “Activity” view which displays activity across all shared streams—new photos and videos, likes, and comments—in a single timeline view.


Orienting an iPhone or iPod touch into landscape orientation provides a side-scrolling stream activity view, similar to that found on the Apple TV.


You can also now optionally allow your subscribers to add photos to any of your shared streams for collaborative albums. Videos can also now be added to shared streams.


The same filters from the Camera app on the iPhone 5/5c/5s and iPod touch have also been added to the built-in photo editor, and are actually available on all devices except for the iPad 2. Filters can be previewed during editing, and a second tap after applying a filter allows you to remove it again, a nice touch that allows for quick comparisons without having to scroll all the way back to the “None” option.


Edited photos that are re-saved to the camera roll also preserve their original date and time stamp, placing them appropriately in the new collections timeline.

Photo Sharing

iOS 7 adds new options for sharing photos. The new sharing dialog now allows multiple photos to be selected during the sharing process, with sharing options adjusting based on the type and number of items selected.


Options have also been added for sharing of photos to Flickr and videos to Vimeo.

AirDrop (iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch)

AirDrop is an entirely new feature in iOS 7 for fast and easy sharing of information between two iOS devices in close proximity. AirDrop can be used to send out just about anything that can be shared from the standard iOS 7 sharing dialog, including photos, webpage links, contacts, App Store and iTunes links, and even Passbook passes. Compatible iOS 7 devices nearby will simply appear as contacts at the top of your sharing dialog box and you can simply tap on one to send the current item to them via AirDrop.


The user on the receiving end is prompted with an AirDrop dialog box showing them the identity of the sender and the item being sent to them, which they can then choose to decline or accept. Received items are automatically saved into the appropriate app for the item. Items can also be sent to multiple AirDrop contacts at the same time simply by tapping on each one in the AirDrop sharing dialog.


AirDrop requires that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi be enabled, although users do not need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, or any Wi-Fi network at all—devices initiate contact via Bluetooth and an adhoc Wi-Fi connection is then negotiated directly between the two devices to make this happen transparently to the end user. An option in the Control Center allows AirDrop to be turned off or limited to receiving from contacts only; the latter option requires that both users be logged into iCloud and have each other’s iCloud Apple ID e-mail addresses stored in their Contacts.


Unfortunately, AirDrop requires specific Wi-Fi hardware that is not available on older iOS devices, and is therefore limited to the iPhone 5/5c/5s, fifth-generation iPod touch, iPad mini, and fourth-generation iPad.


As with other parts of iOS 7, Siri gets a new look accompanied by some voice enhancements. The traditional female Siri voice used in North America has improved clarity and is joined by a new Male voice option that can be chosen in the Siri section of the iOS Settings app. Siri now takes over the screen with larger text against a dark background and displays a wave form pattern at the bottom of the screen as you speak.


Siri can also now search additional sources including Bing and Wikipedia, and even search Twitter for tweets on a specific subject. Additional new features include the ability to control iTunes Radio, return calls, play voicemail messages, and toggle system features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Airplane mode, adjust screen brightness, and directly access options in the Settings app.


iTunes Radio

Another major new feature debuting with iOS 7 is iTunes Radio, Apple’s new free streaming radio service. Currently available in the U.S. only, iTunes Radio is more akin to Pandora than on-demand services such as Spotify, allowing users to listen to featured “stations” curated by Apple or create their own based on a selected artist, song, or genre.


While listening to a station, users can vote the currently playing track up or down in order to tailor their listening experience, or skip the current track to move on to the next one. Users can tap on a button at the top of the screen to bring up details about the current track and station and a button to purchase the current track from the iTunes Store. A history of recently played tracks is maintained so that users can go back and preview or purchase a track they’ve already listened to, and tracks can also be added to the user’s iTunes Store wishlist for later purchasing.

iTunes Store & App Store

Other than a standard iOS 7 facelift, the iTunes Store and App Store layouts remain much the same as in prior iOS versions, although both apps offer a couple of interesting new features with iOS 7, including automatic app updates, wish list support in the App Store, camera-based gift card redemption, and a new location-based app discovery feature.

Automatic App Updates

iOS 7 can now automatically update apps in the background, without requiring the user to visit the App Store app to download them manually. Recent updates are still tracked within the App Store app so users can see what has been updated and read the release notes, but it should rarely be necessary to visit this section to check for new updates unless you’re in a real hurry to get the latest version of an app.


Automatic App Updates are enabled by default, but can be turned off under the iTunes & App Stores section in the iOS Settings app if you’d prefer to apply your updates the old-fashioned way. Note that this is an all-or-nothing option—there is no way to exclude specific apps from being automatically updated.


Popular Near Me

A new “Popular Near Me” section has been added to the App Store allowing users to see a list of apps that are popular near their current location. It’s unclear whether Apple is basing this on user data in any way or whether it’s simply an Apple-curated list of apps, but it’s worth noting most apps on these lists appear to be location-relevant, such as travel guides and transit apps.


Camera-based Gift Card Redemption

First introduced in iTunes 11 last fall, iOS 7 now adds the ability to redeem iTunes Store gift cards simply by scanning a code using the device’s camera. Tapping the “Redeem” button found at the bottom of the main iTunes Store or App Store screen will take the user to the camera option, with an additional button providing the ability to enter a code manually.


As with the feature in iTunes, this remains limited to only newer gift cards with a box around the code; unfortunately codes from older gift cards as well as promotional coupons given out at stores like Starbucks will still need to be entered the old-fashioned way.


The system-wide iOS 7 sharing menu is now incorporated into both apps, allowing store links to be sent to other devices via AirDrop as well as the usual sharing methods of Messages, Mail, Twitter, and Facebook. Additional options allow the user to copy the store link to the clipboard, send an item as a gift or add an item to the user’s store wish list.


Find My iPhone and Activation Lock

With iOS 7, Apple has made a significant security enhancement to Find My iPhone that will hopefully help to discourage the theft of iOS devices by rendering them virtually useless to would-be-thieves. Find My iPhone was a great start when it was released years ago in terms of helping users track their lost or stolen devices, but it suffered from one very important weakness: it could very easily be defeated simply by erasing the device in question, removing all of the tracking and location features and effectively turning into a “good as new” product.


Apple has addressed this problem with a new feature in iOS 7 that ties your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the original owner’s Apple ID even after it’s been completely wiped and erased, requiring that this Apple ID and password be entered before the device can be reactivated, even after a full wipe.


Activation Lock is based in technology that has been used by Apple since the debut of the original iPhone in 2007. Every iPhone has had to “phone home” to Apple’s servers for authorization before it can actually be used. In the early days, this was a form of secondary carrier-lock, ensuring that devices were properly signed up for service with AT&T before they could be used. For whatever reason, Apple chose to extend activation to non-carrier iOS devices such as the iPod touch. In essence, until you plugged into iTunes and “activated” your device, it was essentially a brick.

Since Apple still requires iOS devices to contact Apple’s servers to be activated before they can be used, Apple’s servers can simply refuse to activate a device that’s still registered under somebody else’s Apple ID.


Activation Lock is automatically enabled alongside the Find My iPhone (or iPad, or iPod touch) feature, and once enabled an iOS device cannot even be wiped through normal means without supplying the user’s Apple ID and password to disable this feature. Likewise, attempting to disable the Find My iPhone feature, or remove the iCloud account from an iOS device will also require that the user’s password be entered. Should a device still be forcibly erased through other means, however, iOS and iTunes will refuse to go past the initial setup process until the original owner’s Apple ID and password are supplied.

Find My iPhone and Remote Erase

iOS 7 also adds an additional useful feature that allows the user to display a phone number and custom message on their device after sending a remote erase request and wiping the device’s content. This message will also appear as a popup dialog box if the device is connected to a computer running iTunes.


This allows users to remotely wipe a device in order to protect their personal data while still leaving some contact information that would hopefully allow an honest finder to return the device.


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You have it saying that the in-camera filters are not available on anything below an iPhone5, but I can use them on my 4s. Not just applying them after the fact, I can take the pictures while the filter is already on.

Posted by Joe on September 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM (CDT)


Just so that I’m clear, you can still scroll with the new Cover Flow right? In any case, I’m glad they kept it. It has always my favorite feature.

Posted by hoshieBIOTpod in Havelock, NC USA on September 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM (CDT)


Some subtle changes:

In the Summary bar while connected to iTunes, there is a new “Documents and Data” category.

For the time period to require a Passcode, 15 minutes is now available for iPhone (was 5 minutes max, 15 was only for iPad).

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on September 19, 2013 at 2:08 AM (CDT)


This update should be aloud on ipod 4th gen also thats what i have and its really cool. How come ipod touch 5 gen always get all the good stuff?

Posted by Laura on September 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM (CDT)


Another subtle difference—there is now a dedicated FaceTime app for iPhone, it used to be accessible only through Contacts.

Posted by rockmplimsoul on September 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM (CDT)


Very informative, thank you! I won’t hold it against you that you used Rush for screen shots ;-).

Posted by Scott on September 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM (CDT)


Hi! Just a real simple question really; how do I turn on location services in the privacy settings? The toggle bar is not available to turn on or off! I’ve read through reams of info but I can’t get to the point of turning it on. I need it so that my TomTom app will work. It did before I downloaded IOS 7 but sure doesn’t work now! Please can you help, thanks.

Posted by chris taylor on September 20, 2013 at 4:58 AM (CDT)


When I receive a text in “lock” mode, how can I change the appearance on the Lock screen to say “text message” instead of showing the contents of the message?

Posted by E on September 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM (CDT)


Hi,my iPhone 4s has paired beautiful with the new iOs7. Everything working fine exept the translucent effect with the control center window. Any helpful suggestions? Thanks.

Posted by Rudi Oppinger on September 22, 2013 at 11:17 PM (CDT)


Can you reset the deault colors, for example my stock app is now black, green and red.  The green in this app and all other apps is so bright that it makes it difficult to read the text.

Posted by Nancy on September 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM (CDT)


The older iOs allowed one to clear the cache by double-tapping the home button.  How is the cache manually cleared with iOs7?

Posted by Tom on September 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM (CDT)


Hmmmmm. Is this a bug? I have Do Not Disturb enabled with the Silence Always option checked. However, if I’m in the Messages main screen and a text comes in the phone will make a sound. It is my understanding that if the Silence Always is checked then no alert sounds should go off. This only happens when on the main screen of the Messages app.

Posted by Veronica on September 23, 2013 at 6:52 PM (CDT)


what happened to my app icons when i updated my 4s to 7.0.2?

Posted by roy on September 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM (CDT)


I can’t find any information on my problem. My iPad 2 just keeps trying to download iOS7.0.2 but is not making any progress. How do I stop it OR how do I make it start? It has been spinning for days now.

Thank you,

Posted by Sue on September 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM (CDT)


Hello,I can’t find my timeline on iOS 7 Facebook.Thanks

Posted by Paul Corwin on October 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM (CDT)


Thanks very much for this piece of information. It is the best I could find sofar.
Keep going!

Posted by Hans Ris on October 2, 2013 at 4:00 AM (CDT)


The new iOS has screwed the alarm clock function for many users.  It’s is so quiet that you miss it and sleep through. There is also to marimba tone which was the best alert.  Si in short, I can no longer rely on my alarm clock to wake me.  Very upset since it used to work so well and you could have the screen locked.  Will you be returning the alarm click to its former glory? I have ready countless posts , all with the same complaint.  People have been late for work and even missed flights. Not a smart change in this upgrade

Posted by Shaunna on October 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM (CDT)


@Shaunna (#17): Marimba is actually still there—you’ll find the older ringtones under a “Classic” sub-menu along with all of the other pre-iOS 7 sounds.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on October 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM (CDT)


The new ios7 is rubbish.
You should have left things the way they were.
The volume of tones,music & alarms are quiet now even thou evrything is turned up to the max.
The mute button has even stopped working since i updated.
Whats going on if this carries on im moving to Android.

Posted by Chris on October 6, 2013 at 3:42 PM (CDT)


I have problems with my control center! I have an ipod touch gen 5 and my music player won’t start when I click the start button and when I started it in the music app and lock my ipod It wont let me skip to the next song.

Posted by Lily on October 7, 2013 at 5:37 AM (CDT)


I cannot lock the screen into the portrait or landscape position. The least little movement causes it to move all the time. Very difficult to read a book or anything else.
The control center on the mini iPad does not have a place to lock th screen into one position despite people saying it ides.

He control center on he mini iPad does not look lik the one on my iPhone 4S.

Posted by Barbara Fedak. on October 12, 2013 at 7:37 PM (CDT)


The older iOs allowed one to clear the cache by double-tapping the home button.  but in the newer version i can’t..  How is the cache manually cleared with iOs7? thank you

Posted by tmtm on October 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM (CDT)


and now with ios7.03 all your apps are gone too. all the time you spent organizing your aps into folders are all gone. All your ‘sent’ mail and all other folders are all gone too. crap crap crap. Losing money here because of this stupid ‘upgrade’—how can anyone rely on this fickle minded os for doing business??? The ‘best’ part is…you cant even restore from a previously properly working back-up…..crap crap crap

Posted by malik on October 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM (CDT)


@Tmtm to clear the cache is also by double-tap home button. Only unlike the 6, with 7 you just slide up the apps one by one.

Posted by ddd on December 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM (CST)


How do I get my iphone 4 to text while holding horizontally with two hands? It was working fine & I was playing around getting to know the it and now it only works vertically. What did I do and how do I fix it? Thanks, Brian

Posted by Brian Hilberer on January 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM (CST)

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