Hands On With iOS7 [MASHABLE]

Hands On With iOS 7

  • Starting Up


    From the moment iOS 7 loads, its clear this is different. The linen that infused iOS 5 and iOS 6 is gone, replaced with white and thin sans serif typography.

  • A Splash of Color


    While white is a predominant theme in iOS 7, this is not a monochrome OS. Color accents are almost always visible.

  • The New Home Screen


    For the first time since the original iPhone, the overall look and icon structure of iOS is now new and fresh.

    The wallpaper can now be dynamic or static. Dynamic wallpaper is similar to the animated wallpaper in Android, except it doesn’t interact with your finger. The default wallpaper is static.

  • A Cleaner Inbox


    Mail has received a full revamp to both its main view and the compose screen.

  • New Integrated Services


    Flickr and Vimeo join Facebook and Twitter as built-in services.

  • Folders and Control Center


    Swiping up from the bottom brings up the Control Center. This is an easy way to access your most used settings, including WiFi, audio, brightness and quick access to alarm, a calculator, camera and flashlight.

    Meanwhile, photos can now store more items and span pages.

  • Camera Options


    The new camera interface has a number of options built-in. Swiping across the bottom brings up options for the standard camera or the video camera.

  • Instagram Friendly


    There is a new square mode on the camera, perfect for Instagram. The panorama mode is still here too.

  • Houston We Have Filters


    Apple also has its own filters built-into iOS 7. Rather than simply applying a filter in post, these filters are actually real-time and you can look through the viewfinder in that filter before taking a shot.

  • Stocks and Notes


    The Stocks app looks totally fresh. Notes also has a new coat of paint. The texture is still there but the yellow lined paper and Marker Felt are a thing of the past.

  • iTunes and Wish Lists


    iTunes and the App Store both have new designs. Additionally, Apple has introduced a new Wish List feature on mobile, making it easy for users to save an app to buy later.

  • App Store


    The App Store structure is still the same but the look is more fresh. In addition to the general charts, users can also check to see what apps are popular in their area.

  • Sharing Or Adding to a Wishlist


    A new share button shows off what you can do with an app which includes AirDrop and adding it to a wishlist.

  • Passbook and News Stand


    Both look fresh.

  • Lock Screen


    The Lock screen no longer has anything to slide to unlock, just swipe to the right.

    You can choose to make Control Center available at the lock screen or not.

  • Notifications and Weather


    Pulling down from the top still brings up notifications, only now without linen and with a history.

    The weather app is beautiful and animated.

  • Reminders


    Reminders is now more robust in its appearance. There are different groups of reminders, not just lists.

    The new reminder screen also has a refined look. It still has texture, but the lines are less bold.

  • Compass


    The compass looks totally new and totally great.

  • Switching Apps


    Double tapping home brings up full screen previews of various apps. Scroll back and forth and see previews of your apps in real-time.

    Some might say this is copying Window Phone, but really, this look was pioneered by Palm with the late, great, webOS.

  • Dialer and Messages


    The dialer and the iMessage interface follow the new trends of being bright and with lots fo color.

  • Notifications


    Notifications pop-up in dark now, not white.

  • Calendar


    The calendar is de-leathered and has a very Google+ look.

  • Calendar Inbox


    The calendar gets a proper inbox for incoming invitations.

  • Maps


    Apple Maps has toned down some of its textures but the basic app looks very similar.

  • Directions


    The directions page in Maps has been rebuilt and it looks much more sleek.

  • Calculator and Clock


    The calculator still pays homage to the great HP calculators of the 70s, but with fewer bevels.

    As for the clock, gone is that patent-infringing world clock look.

  • Alarms and Stopwatch


    Check out the 3D effect when picking a time.

  • Timer and Settings


    The timer is totally new too. This is what one of the standard settings pages looks like.

  • Safari


    The bookmarks section for Safari is texture free but full of color.

    The search and URL omnibox makes a glorious return (it was separated with iOS 3 back in 2009).

    The whole look of this browser would look equally at home at Mountain View as it does in Cupertino.

  • Searching and Loading a Page


    Typing in a URL or string of text offers up real-time suggestions for an address or search query.

    The thin bar at the top of the screen indicates page load progress.

  • Tabs


    It’s like Cover Flow, but vertical!

  • FaceTime Audio


    FaceTime can now do audio calls!

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