This week will see the official release of iOS 7 for Apple devices. I had the opportunity to download and install it a few days early to test the new features. After quite a bit of interaction with the new iOS, I am happy to report that it’s a well-designed system with a number of great new features. There’s nothing truly groundbreaking, but it’s well worth the time and effort to upgrade (especially since it’s free!).
Rather than write a long and detailed post about all of the features, I wanted to show you instead. If you use an iPhone or iPad, you will definitely be interested in this quick walkthrough of iOS 7. If you don’t use either of those devices, you may still be interested just to see what all the hubbub is about.
So without further adieu, here is a quick walkthrough and review of the major new features in iOS 7: (If you can’t see the video, click here.) My major talking points are included below the video.
Here are the key iOS 7 features I demonstrate in the video:
- New features on the home screen: A redesigned Notifications Center, a new Control Center (with a handy flashlight, my favorite feature!), and an easier way to search.
- Working with apps: Apps opening/closing from icon locations, and new multi-tasking feature.
- New features and enhancements for the Photo, Camera, Calendar, Weather, and Compass apps. (There are more, but these are the ones I highlighted. I also did not talk about iTunes Radio because it wasn’t working properly on my device.)
- New features in Safari: Tabbed browsing, full-screen browsing, and combination search/URL space.
- New features in Siri: Various languages and the ability to choose between male or female voices (in some languages), search functions in Twitter and Wikipedia, and launching apps.
- New features in Email and Messages (there’s not much new except a redesigned look).
Overall, iOS 7 is an improvement over previous operating systems. Although I’m not a big fan of the color scheme and overall look of the new design, it’s definitely very functional and includes some nice enhancements. My iPhone 5 seems noticeably faster, and the battery life seems better since upgrading.
Do you plan to upgrade to iOS 7? If so, what are you thoughts after upgrading?