If you’ve bravely ventured into the world of Apple’s newly released iOS 7, then you’re probably going through a learning curve. That is, unless you’re one of the developers who got access pre-launch. For the rest of us, we’re learning a new version of an operating system we knew well and it takes a minute. Here are seven tips to get you started:
Unanswered questions? Post them in this Facebook thread
In an attempt to help those with questions about their iOS 7 update, there are a group of generous people answering questions in this thread:
FaceTime is a native app
There are three ways you can now FaceTime with other iOS users. Here goes:
- Use the FaceTime app that should now be on your home page. You can choose to FaceTime (video and voice), only voice call and even block the person from calling you.
- Like in the previous iOS, when you’re on a call you can select the “FaceTime” icon on the call screen to switch to a FaceTime call.
- When searching your contacts, you can tap the “i” information icon to bring up a call history. Search for the FaceTime option.
The easiest way to access those you FaceTime with most is to label the actual FaceTime contact information as a “favorite.”
Closing apps with a swipe
The way to close apps has changed. You still double click the top of the Home button, but you’ll see that both the app icons and page views pop up. To close an app drag the “page view” of the app up until it disappears. That means it is closed.
Turn on automatic app updates
Next time you visit the App Store to see what apps you need to update, you’ll get a cool prompt. It will ask you if you want all future app updates to automatically update. If you have enough storage space on your phone and you like less work, then go for it.
Go crazy with your folders and add more apps
Gone are the app limitations* in folders. You can now add more than 18 apps in a folder. There are still 9 apps per page visible in a folder, but you can swipe over to see additional apps, should you want to add them. This is great for apps that all fall under a specific genre, like music or photography.
Swipe up from the bottom to make life easier
You no longer need to go to “Settings” to dim your screen or put your phone on airplane mode. A simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen gives you access to sound, brightness, bluetooth, sleep mode, flashlight, timer and more.
Square, panoramic and filtered photos!
Before you take a picture you can decide if you’d like it to be in a square format (perfect for Instagram or Pinterest), a panoramic view or put a filter over your live camera. It’s the perfect touch for this filter-frenzy society we now live in.
Share photos easier
There are more options than over for sharing your photos from within the native Photos app. You can choose from social networks, like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr to actions like AirPlay, “Assign to Contact” and print.
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