iOS7 Tips & Tricks

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iphoneIf you’re lucky enough to be an Apple Developer, then you might have already installed iOS7 onto your iPhone or iPad. If you’re like me, a few of the features and functions you’ve been accustom to in previous versions may appear like they’ve gone away. Apple has consolidated many features and has added more swiping gestures to perform specific tasks.

Yesterday I posted many pictures of the new iOS7, which you can see here.

Spotlight Search

In previous versions, the Spotlight Search was one of your home screens. From your main screen, you would swipe to the right to reveal the search screen. Apple has done away with that in iOS7. Instead, on your home screen, you swipe down from the middle of your screen and a search bar will come down. Unfortunately, for me, it no longer as the ability to search the web using Safari’s default search engine. Instead, it only searches your phone for things. Hopefully this will change by the final version.

Control Center

This is a completely new feature, and you can even access it from the lockscreen. The Control Center gives you quick access to common settings. To access it, you swipe up from the bottom of your screen. The top row gives you access to Airplane Mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Portrait Lock. Below that, you have your brightness slider. Then you have audio controls such as back, forward, play/pause and volume. Then there’s AirDrop and AirPlay. Finally there’s some common apps, including a flashlight (you no longer need a 3rd party app to use your phone as a flashlight).

Task Manager

You can still access the task manager by double-clicking the Home button. To kill apps is a bit different though. You no longer can get the little X in the corner. Instead, you do it with a gesture. You’ll see a preview of the app screens that are in the background. To kill them, put your finger on that preview screen, then swipe it up to drag it off the screen. That’s all there is to it!

Slide To Unlock

Before, there was an actual slider on the lockscreen that you had to slide to unlock the phone. While the words, “Slide To Unlock”, are still there, the slider itself is gone. To unlock your phone, you just slide the entire lockscreen to the right.

If you have multiple notifications on the lockscreen, you can slide to the right on a specific one and the phone will unlock to that notification. For example, if you have a missed text message and an email and you want to read the text message, just slide to the right over the text message notification and it’ll unlock right into that message.

If you receive a phone call, you also have to slide to answer it.

Block Calls, Texts, and Facetime

Apple has now included a new feature that allows you to block calls, text messages, and Facetime from contacts. The downside is that you have to keep them as a contact in your phone. You could create a “Blocked” group, add those contacts in there, then hide that group from displaying.

To block a contact, go to Settings, then Phone, then the Blocked menu. From there, you’ll have a list of contacts you’ve already blocked, or you can add a new one.

New Notification Center

The Notification Center has changed as well. You still swipe down from the top of the screen to access it (you can do this from the lockscreen as well…and you can disable this part). When you swipe down, you’ll see there’s three tabs now, Today, All, and Missed. The Today tab shows you the day, the weather, your calendar, and a brief summary of your calendar for tomorrow. The All tab will show you the notifications from your apps. The Missed tab will show you your missed calls.


With your folders, you can now have multiple screens within a folder. You have 9 icons per screen, but you can add more apps into each folder. The Newsstand also looks like a folder now, and you can put it inside another folder.

Back Gesture

Another new gesture in iOS7 is one that lets you swipe the screen to the right to go back. Anytime you have the < arrow at the top of your screen (like in Settings, Messages, etc), you don't have to click up there to go back, instead, just swipe your screen left to right to go back.

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