|As an iCloud user, part of your upgrade includes new features built into Find My iPhone that make it harder for anyone else to use or sell your device if it is ever lost or stolen.|
|With Find My iPhone turned on in iOS 7, your Apple ID and password will always be required before anyone can:|
Control panel - quick access to toggles for Bluetooth, wifi, airplane mode, do not disturb and more.
Multitask area - double tapping the home button will produce a list of open apps with both a preview window and an app icon. You can tap on the icon or preview area to open the associated app. You can swipe the preview screens left or right to find the app you want to open or close. Swipe the preview screen up off the top of the screen to close the app. You can swipe two at a time off the screen.
Camera - instead of fishing for the tiny toggle for picture or video, the main viewing area can be swiped left or right to switch between video, photo, square and pano (panorama) capture modes. A small selection of filters have been included to allow uses to change the color of the captured images made with the photo and square options.
Spotlight - System search is now accessed by pulling down on a blank area of the home screen instead of pressing the home button from the first home screen. It can be accessed from any home screen instead of only the first screen. In the Settings, the user can excluded apps from the list of results or determine which order the items will display. Finally, the top item for the text that you typed now shows the directory where the app resides.
AppStore - The AppStore has a new tab that shows you apps that use data from around the location you are presently at. Additionally, there is now an app wish list. When viewing an app in the AppStore that you don't own or previously downloaded, you can tap the new square share button and tap the "Add to Wish list" option. The list is now populated with the app: the list is represented by a row of lines at the top right corner.
Email - swipe to left to delete or archive messages.
Messages - forwarding messages is handled differently. Press and hold on a message bubble to show the copy and more buttons.
You can delete or forward this message (or multiple messages by selecting more messages) by pressing the "trash can" at the lower left or the "forward arrow" at lower right corner.
Block Callers - from an individual contact, in the recent caller list or in the Settings app (under phone section) , a user can block a caller from sending the user a text message, email and of course from calling the user via the phone or FaceTime. The blocked user is unaware that a message or email is not sent, but they will receive a recorded message explaining that their call cannot be made to the intended party. The message is unique enough that a caller can come to know that the user has blocked their call. Callers that don't exist in your Contacts must be blocked from the recent call list in the Phone app; these numbers cannot be manually added in the Settings app.
Safari - forward and backward buttons have been added to navigate through web pages.
Music - iTunes Radio is now available in the music app. Similar to Pandora, iTunes Music allows the user to create stations based on Genre, artist or song title. The service is free. It has audio and visual ads.
Photos - photos are now sorted my moments based on location and/or the blocks of time that pictures are taken. Instead of a continuos or endless rows of pictures in a straight column, moments breaks the pictures into smaller segments or groups of pictures that makes it easier to identify an area where a picture can be located for viewing or sharing.
Maps - the old maps used to show alternative routes labelled as Route 1, Route 2, and Route 3. Now they are labelled with the time that it will take you to reach the destination, such as 35 min, 37 min and 38 min. This allows you to determine if an alternative route is better right always instead of showing this information after you select a route like before. The green street signs are gone and it even changes the graphics based on the time of day (I.e. night mode). It still prohibits you to pan to a spot on the route while in direction mode. You still can only see the current segment you are driving or an overview of the entire route (Come on Apple).
Did I miss any iOS 7 features you have found or that you use?
Carl W. Brooks