|The new lock screen|
Swipe from anywhere to unlock
The first thing I noticed was how big the icons look. In fact they’re ever so slightly bigger: iOS6 icons were 114x114 while iOS7‘s are 120x120. This 5% difference, along with icons that are now (or will be when developers update their apps) clearer, make the apps stand out more. And that’s the thing: those new icons look so much better “in the flesh” as it were than in any of the promotional photos I’ve seen. This really is an OS you need to hold and use to fully appreciate the work that’s gone into it. Photos don’t do it justice.
|although the folders now have many|
pages, fewer apps are displayed per page.
from any Home Screen page
I like it that when you tap on an icon, the app zooms in from that icon. Opening a folder displays the same effect. When you leave an app or close a folder, it then zoom back into its location on your Home Screen. This helps give your apps a sense of place.
The Lock Screen is brilliant, not just because of its redesign, but because you no longer have to swipe to unlock in one specific area - where it says “swipe to unlock”. Now, you can swipe left to right anywhere on the screen and you’ll be asked to enter your passcode (you do have a passcode on your iPhone, right?)
The beta of iOS7 showed that it was possible to use a panoramic photo as a wallpaper and being able to pan across it by moving the phone from left to right. That sounded like fun, but sadly, Apple have disabled the feature in the general release.
When it comes to choosing a wallpaper, don’t select one that’s too bright: because the icons and their titles no longer have a drop shadow as they used to have in iOS6, brighter images can make them difficult to read or to distinguish the icon from the background. It does work great with darker images, but that limits the photos you can use.
|Photos are automatically sorted by|
Moments, Collection & Years.
The Camera app appears to switch between stills and video mode much more quickly than before which is fantastic. It’s also good to see that the Panoramic feature is no longer hidden in the now-defunct Options button so more people will be aware of its existence.
It’s great that FaceTime now appears as a separate app on your iPhone, as opposed to be hidden somewhere in your Phone app. It’s now just like you expect to find it on an iPod touch or iPad. Not only does that create consistency across iOS devices, but it also makes FaceTime much easier to access on an iPhone.
|A single error message|
to rule them all.
Of course, being able to open more than eight pages in Safari is a godsend! And I also like the way the current pages are displayed.
flick through as many pages as you need.
Nor can I add coloured text in Mail. That’s still not possible, but perhaps the worse thing of all I’ve found in iOS 7 is the shut down slider. It’s probably the ugliest thing in that system and I think Apple’s engineers know it’s ugly because you can’t even take a screenshot of it!
Have you got something you’d like to add to the list? What are your thought on iOS7? Write it down in the comments section :)