Hidden iPhone features to be enabled by iOS 7
Alongside the blaze of publicity for the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c, Apple also announced it is to release its latest operating system iOS 7 for mobile devices.
Apple is due to release iOS 7 to the public on September 18, just ahead of the two new iPhones themselves.
While some of the headline-grabbing features of iOS 7 will only be available on the new iPhones, like the fingerprint ID function, there are many hidden tweaks and new features for older devices.
Like previous iOS updates, however, owners of older devices will find themselves being left behind as their iPhones and iPads are denied access some of the new features.
Some of this is due to the limitations of the hardware on older devices, while other features that will be left out are harder to explain.
So what new features can iPhone and iPad users who are not able to afford an upgrade to the latest devices look forward to enjoying?
While many competing devices have the capacity to function as torches for some time, iPhone users have had to rely on third party Apps to help them search for their keys or find the door lock in the dark.
However, with iOS 7 Apple is finally introducing a torch facility as a standard feature to the iPhone.
At the touch of a button, users will be able to turn on the LED flash on the back of the phone. The flashlight button can be accessed through the new control centre.
An all new control centre – just swipe upwards on any screen and a new pane will appear allowing you to control Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, switch on Airplane mode, adjust the brightness of the screen and play or skip music.
The control centre can even be accessed from the locked screen.
Do not disturb
For those who like to switch off once in a while, but potentially also a welcome change for anyone irritated by those who refuse to turn their phone off while at the cinema or theatre. While the Do Not Disturb function is present in iOS 6, it was not obvious. Buried in the settings menu, it was probably greatly underused or overlooked by many.
In iOS 7, Apple has moved the Do Not Disturb switch to the Control Centre, meaning it can be accessed and switched on far more easily.
Just touch the little half moon icon and it will leave you free from being pestered by emails, messages and phone calls.
Schedules can also be set up through the Notifications setting menu, along with exceptions that will allow some calls from important contacts get through.
A new way to access search
The ability to search on the iPhone and iPad has been around for a while, however, iOS 7 will introduce a new way of accessing it.
Simply swiping down on the homescreen will open a search box and the keyboard, allowing you to search without having to swipe to a dedicated screen as in previous versions of the software.
Swipe up to close Apps
Like in previous versions of iOS, double clicking the home button at the bottom of the phone will show all of the Apps that are currently open. Simply swipe up on the screen to close the app.
Level out your life
The Compass App that has been a feature of the iPhone for some time now comes with an added little extra – a spirit level. Never have wonky pictures or squint shelves again.
Alternatively use it to arrange the items on your desk into a perfect geometric pattern.
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