2013-10-01

Get to know iOS 7, Tips to Master it!!

Article cited from macworld.co.uk by Smartphonebay.net


With hundreds of new features and an all-new design, iOS 7 takes a bit of getting used to! Here are 30 tips to help you master the new iOS including turning off nausea inducing parallax effect

Apple's new iOS 7 brings hundreds of new features to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. All these new features plus the new user interface design means there's lots to learn about iOS 7. Here, we share 30 iOS 7 tips to help you master the new mobile operating system.
Find out how to get more from iOS 7 in our iOS 7 review


1. Close running apps in multitasking 

One of the disadvantages of multitasking – the iPhone's ability to run apps in the background so that when you return to them they don't need to reload – is that apps can continue to use battery power and cellular data in the background. Due to this we frequently close running apps when we are finished with them.
In iOS 6 this was accomplished by double pressing the home button and revealing a dock of all of the running app at the bottom of the screen. We would then press and hold an icon until a small cross appeared in the corner of the running apps, allowing us to close each one individually.
In iOS 7 double tapping the home button brings up a completely different view that shows the screen of each running app, along with the icon for that app.
It's very useful to see the screen as that may tell you all you need to know about the app, but many have been baffled by how to close the app. We watched someone on a train as they tried to press and hold the icon expecting to see the cross appear.
To close open apps in iOS 7 you need to double tap the home button, and then drag the page previews upwards. We thought this would take longer than with iOS 6, but you can actually close two or three pages at a time this way. 


2. AirDrop

Airdrop is a new feature that will make it easy to send photos and the like to friends with iPhones or iPads.
Turn on Airdrop in Control Panel (accessed by swiping up from the bottom of your phone). You and your friend need to tap the word AirDrop and choose whether to be discoverable by just your Contacts or Everyone.
If the iCloud details of the friend you are trying to AirDrop to aren't in your contacts list you will need to add those details. Now that AirDrop is running you need to go to the photo you wanted to share, tap the Share icon (a box with an arrow pointing out of it), and select AirDrop. The friend you want to share with, and other people nearby who have AirDrop set up will show up.  
Select the image, tap the icon for that friend. Then your friend should receive an alert saying you would like to share a photo. They can tap Accept (or Decline) and the photo will be added to their Photos. When you finish using AirDrop we advise you to turn it off from Control Panel as it uses Bluetooth and leaving it on will be sure to drain your battery – you'll also need to turn off Bluetooth (which can also be done via Control Panel).
Find our more about AirDrop in our AirDrop for iOS 7 review


3.Access the spirit level

Next time you are building Ikea furniture your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7 will come in handy. There is now a spirit level hidden away on a second screen in Apple's Compass app.
Open Compass and after calibrating (now a case of turning the phone around in your hand) swipe from left to right. There are two spirit levels to choose from, place your phone flat on your MDF shelving and when the inclination is spot on the screen will turn green. Place the phone upright and you can measure the incline or make sure that wall you just plastered is completely perpendicular. 


4.  View List view in Calendar

We love how the Calendar looks in iOS 7 but we were missing the old List view from iOS 6 that listed all the appointments you had over a number of days. Then we discovered that it's still there, but it's hidden.
Open Calendar and tap the magnifying glass icon. There's your list. Now you can scroll down and get the details of the appointments you have next week and beyond. You may also be wondering about the Week view – this is accessed by turning the iPhone on its side and viewing in Portrait mode, the same way as it worked in iOS


5. Check cellular data use - restrict data hogs to WiFi

Earlier this year we started getting alerts from our mobile network around the end of the month telling us that we were nearing the end of our data allowance. We listed a number of ways to stop running out of data here
In iOS 7 managing the greedy data hogging apps is easy. Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll down to see the Cellular Date Usage (we make a habit of resetting this each month when our contract renews) and, new in iOS 7, a break down of which apps have been using cellular data. If any of those numbers raise alarm bells you can toggle the switch and stop them using cellular data. You can also assess the System Services and their data use on the next page (tap System Services).


6.  See time stamps in iMessage

Another thing people are missing from iOS 7 is the ability to see what time a text message or iMessage was received. In iOS 6 you would have seen some time stamps (although not for every message), but these time stamps disappeared completely in iOS 7. Actually, you can find out when a message was sent. To do so, drag your finger from right to left and you will see the time that each message was sent. Handy if you want to know if someone is inviting you to lunch today or tomorrow, for example. 


7. Delete an iMessage

Another thing that doesn't seem so straightforward in iOS 7 when compared to iOS 6 is deleting individual text or iMessages. In iOS 6 you could tap the Share icon (or was it Edit) Edit button at the top of an iMessage chain, and that would give you the option to select a message to delete or clear all the messages. Now in its place you see the word Contact, which lets you call or Facetime your friend, or press the i to add to their Info.
So how do you delete those embarrassing texts now? Press and hold the offending text message and select More… Now you can choose to delete that message, or choose Delete All, which now appears as an option at the top of the screen. This won't delete the message from your friends phone. Once a message is sent, it's sent; you can't hold Apple responsible for drunken texting.


8. Delete emails

Just as with Messages, people have been wondering how to delete emails, and particularly how to delete emails. As with iOS 6 you can delete multiple emails by tapping Edit at the top of the screen and then tapping on the circles beside the emails you wish to delete and then tapping Trash. However, if it's just one email that you want to delete the gesture is slightly different to in iOS 6.
You now swipe from right to left where you now get the option to Trash or More. Tap More and you can Reply, Forward, Flag, Mark as Unread, Move to Junk, or Move Message. If you select a message that is part of a Thread you won't get the option to Reply or Forward. You need to tap on the message to access the thread to view the individual messages first.


9.Adjust text sizes and properties.

When iOS 7 was first previewed back in June people were split over the fonts with some people complaining that the thinner font that was being used throughout the beta of iOS 7 at that time was too difficult to read. Apple not only responded by changing the weight of the font, so it's a little thicker, it's also made it possible for iOS 7 users to make changes to the fonts themselves. 
Access the text size properties under Settings > General > Text Size. Here you can adjust the reading size of fonts by dragging the slider. This won't make every word on your screen bigger, just the fonts within apps, but it does mean that you can change it so that the text in Messages and Mail are bigger. Not all apps support this right now, but many may in future.


10.Block someone from calling you

Back in the days of iOS 6 we wrote an article on how to block nuisance callers. It was based on a workaround because it was not possible to actually block a caller. Now in iOS 7 you can actually block a caller.
Inside the Phone app, select Recents and if you see your nuisance caller's name or number, tap the i beside the last time they called and on the Info screen scroll to the bottom and select Block this Caller. This is brilliant if an Estate Agent or a double-glazing sales person is hassling you.  You can review who is in you Blocked list at Settings > Phone > Blocked. You can also add people here, tap Add New and then select the annoying person from your Contacts list. If you have a change of heart later you can unblock them by tapping Edit and tapping on the red circle in the blocked list and selecting Unblock.


11. Place FaceTime audio calls

We love the idea of saving our mobile phone contract minutes by using FaceTime, but sometimes you don't want to feel like you need to give that person all your attention by appearing on camera while you are speaking to them. Now in iOS 7 it is possible to place an audio call in FaceTime (which we find also has the benefit of providing better audio quality than a mobile call does).
To place an audio FaceTIme call, tap on a contact listing and tap the telephone icon to the right of the FaceTime option. While this will save you cash if you are on WiFi, note that if you make a call this way over 3G or 4G it will come out of your data allowance. You'll also notice that everyone in your Contacts list will have a FaceTime and handset icon, even if they don't have an iPhone, iPad, or iCloud account. If you tap the handset icon you will get a notification saying "This person is not available for FaceTime Audio".


12. Use Burst Mode

Compact and SLR cameras usually offer a continuous shooting mode so that you can take a series of shots in quick succession. This is perfect at a sport event, or when you are want to get the perfect snap of a baby or a cat that keeps moving. In iOS 7 you can shoot in Burst Mode. The phone will take photos in quick succession and you can pick the one you like the best. Open the Camera, and just tap and hold the shutter button.
There's also a more advanced burst mode that's only available on the iPhone 5s. Here the iPhone will take up to 10 pictures a second and save the non-blurry pictures to your camera roll. We're not so sure why anyone would want to do this, however. 
Find out more about the Camera app in our iOS 7 Camera review


13. Take a still while videoing

Another new feature in the Camera in iOS 7 is the ability to take still photos while shooting. As soon as you start shooting video a white button will appear on the screen, tap that to take still photographs. These photographs are taken using the full screen, so they have the same 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio as the video you are taking, unlike the standard 4:3 aspect ratio of the photographs you take in the standard photo shooting mode. We wonder why Apple hasn't added a widescreen shot option to the Video, Photo, Square, Pano options offered by the camera.


14. Turn off background app refresh

As mentioned, thanks to the new multitasking feature in iOS 7, you can have your iPhone or iPad refresh your apps in the background ready for when you want to use them. However, this could cause an increase in data usage and a battery life decrease, so you might want to turn it off.
To turn off background app refresh, go to Settings > General and then slide Background App Refresh to off.


15. Access control panel

You can quickly and easily access the control panel, or Control Centre as it's officially know, by sliding up from the bottom of your iPad or iPhone's display. From here, whether your iPhone is locked or unlocked, you can turn on/off Airplane more, WiFi, Bluetooth or Do Not Disturb.
Additionally, the Control Centre gives you access to brightness controls, music controls, the new torch feature, the timer, calculator and camera. You can also turn on or off screen rotation.

16. Turn off parallax effect so iOS 7 doesn't make you feel sick

iOS 7's parallax effect turns the screen of your iPhone into something more: a pane of glass behind which users can see a three-dimensional world that shifts and tilts alongside the device itself. Apple's design guru, British born Jonathan Ive said that he built these three dimentional transitions into iOS 7 to give it depth, but it appears that the movement is causing problems for some people. 
There is a whole thread on Apple's support forums about this very matter, some people have even been physically sick due to the transitions. 
Apparently some people are affected by the transitions that can induce dizziness, vomiting and vertigo-like effects. 
For most iOS 7 users the parallax effect is a fun feature that makes your choice of wallpaper in the background of your iPhone's home screens move about in the background as you move your iPhone. You can change the wallpaper on your device by going to settings, Wallpapers & Brightness, and tapping choose wallpaper. You can choose from your camera roll or the default set of wallpapers provided by Apple.
Another feature of this parallex effect is the way that you return to the home screen after unlocking your phone - you will see the app icons appear to fly into place. 
If you don’t like the parallax effect, you can turn it off by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and tapping "Reduce Motion". You can now slide the toggle so it appears green, which means that parallax is turned off.
This won't just turn off the moving wall paper, but will stop all the animations on your iPhone that people have been complaining are making them feel sick by inducing motion sickness. 
Another reason to turn off the parallex effect is that it can uses up battery - so by turning it off you should be able to extend the battery life of your iPhone
Here are the rest of our 30 iOS 7 tips to help you master the new mobile operating system.

17. Access extra weather information

With iOS 7, the weather app has been transformed. You'll now see subtly animated backgrounds that reflect the current weather, as well as information about weather for the rest of the day and week.
When you first open the weather app, you'll see the location, weather type (e.g sunny), the temperature, an overview of the weather for the next five hours, and weather forecasts for the next five days.
By tapping on the temperature, you can access further information including humidity, chance of rain, wind and what temperature it feels like depending on those factors.
By sliding the area showing the day's weather, you can see how the weather will change throughout the day. Slide left or right elsewhere in the app to see other locations.


18. See your calendar appointments for today, the week, the month

When you first open the Calendars app in iOS 7, you should see your appointments for the day. You can scroll up and down to see what you should be up to.
If you want to see the rest of your week's appointments, you can tap the date in the bar at the top to swap between days. Slide that bar to see further back or further ahead.
To see the whole month, you can tap the month in the top left corner. You'll say a grey dot beneath the date if you've got an appointment on that day.
If you turn your device to landscape orientation, you can see a new view of your appointments. This shows you three or four days worth of appointments, depending on the size of your display. Scroll up and down to see appointments that are earlier or later in the day.
Another way to see your appointments is to tap the search button, which looks like a little magnifying glass. Here, you can search for a particular appointment or scroll through an easy to read list and endless of appointments.


19. Share some photos

Photos in iOS 7 are now sorted into Moments. This makes sharing groups of photos easier. Simply go to that Moment and tap the blue Share button. You'll then have the option to share this moment or share some photos.
Sharing a moment will allow you to send all of the photographs in that moment to a friend. If there are just a few photos in that moment, you can share via a message, email, iCloud, Facebook or Flickr. You can also copy or print from here.
If you've got lots of photographs or video to share, you'll only get the option to send via a message or iCloud, and you won't be able to print (as printing video could prove to be a little tricky).
To pick and choose photographs, tap the Share button and then select the items you want to share.
If you're using a newer iPhone such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, you'll also have the AirDrop option here. See more about AirDrop in step one.


20. Skip to last Christmas photos

The new Photos app means your photographs are sorted a little differently in iOS 7 to the way they were in iOS 6.
Now, if you want to find photographs that were taken last December for example, you can go to Photos and then tap Years.  Then tap the photographs at the bottom of the '2012' group. You'll be taken to the photographs that were taken latest in the year, which will probably be your Christmas photos.


21. Set up Photo Stream

Photo Stream allows you to automatically upload new photographs to iCloud as you take them. This means that your photos will be automatically synced to all of your other iCloud devices when you're connected to WiFi.
To turn on Photo Stream, all you'll need to do is go to Settings > Photos & Camera and slide the My Photo Stream button to green.
Now, when you take photographs, you'll see them in the Albums tab in the My Photo Stream album.
You can set up Shared Photo Streams with other users by tapping Shared in the Photos app, and then tapping the plus button. You can name your new stream and then add the contacts that you'd like to share the stream with. Now, whenever you take a new photograph, you can share it with friends via the Shared Photo Stream, by tapping the plus button and choosing a photo.


22. Edit a photo

If you've taken a photograph that you're happy with but haven't applied any edits yet, you can do this through Apple's new Photos app.
Go to the photo you want to edit and then tap the Edit button in the top right corner. You'll be taken to the edit screen where you can rotate an image, auto enhance it, add one of Apple's eight new filters, get rid of red-eye or crop using the tools in the bar along the bottom.
What's good about Apple's photo editing tools is that, even if you've saved your edit, you can go back into edit mode on that photograph and revert it back to the original image.


23. Take a panorama 

To take a Panorama photograph, go to the Camera app and swipe left in the centre of your iPhone's display until you get to Pano. Now, all you need to do is tap the shutter button and move your phone in the direction of the arrow until you either fill up the bar or press the shutter button again. Using this feature, you'll capture a long, narrow Panorama image.


24. Take a square shot 

Taking a square photograph in iOS 7 is easy. All you need to do is open the Camera app and swipe left once to get to the Square mode. Tap the shutter button and you've taken a square shot.


25. Share a location in Maps using AirDrop

If you're about to head out somewhere and want to share the location with someone who'll be joining you later, you can do this through AirDrop. If you both have AirDrop turned on, you can go to the Maps app, tap the share button and then tap the person you want to share with. If you can't see any friends in the AirDrop option, ask them to open Control Centre and turn it on.


26. Delete a note 

If you've got a note in your Notes app that you'd like to delete, simply swiped left over that note and tap the red delete button that appears.
From within a note, you can tap the trash can icon at the middle of the bottom toolbar to delete that note.


27. Turn off badges in Notification Centre

If you, like us, are not so keen on the bright red badges that appear on your app icons if you've got an update or new message, for example, they you might be pleased to hear that there is a way to turn them off.
If you'd like to turn off badges in Nonfiction Centre you can do so by going to Settings > Notification Centre.
You'll need to go into individual apps to turn off badges. For example, if you want to turn off Messages badges, you can scroll down and tap Messages, and then use the Badge App Icon slider to turn them off.

28. Search

To search your iPad or iPhone, slide down from anywhere on your iPhone or iPad other than the very top (which will show Notifications Centre) or bottom (Control Centre) of the device.
Now you'll be able to type your search into your device. You can search for apps, contacts, music, mail, notes and more.
You can also use the same swipe gesture to search within apps such as the Notes app and the Mail app.