Many iPhone users who’ve upgraded to iOS 7 aren’t too happy with the changes. Some see it as something a pre-teen would use, while others are getting motion sickness, feeling nauseous and experience other physical ailments because of these changes.
They can’t downgrade to the previous version so fanbois either have to learn to love the new iOS, purchase an older iPhone that hasn’t been upgraded to iOS 7, or swap their device for an Android or Windows Phone smartphone.
For those sticking with their iOS 7 iPhone, Apple has published some tips and tricks that might help you see the good side of the new iOS 7. Some of the features work on all devices upgraded to iOS 7 while others are device specific.
Camera and Photos
In the new photo gallery, you can now easily share multiple photos with friends via AirDrop, iCloud or on social media. Just tap on “share” so you can select which photos you want to share. For taking panoramic shots, you can start shooting either from left to right or right to left, just tap on the arrow on the screen to choose which direction you want to start shooting. To quickly focus the camera, hold down on the volume button. And on the iPhone 5S, if you want to take burst shots, you just need to hold down on the Home button. That action quickly takes 10 consecutive shots. With real-time analysis, it shows you the best photos taken with burst shot. Best used for action shots.
iOS 7 makes use of more swipe gestures to get the job done. As discussed in a previous article, to access Spotlight Search, just swipe down on the screen. If you’re in messages, swiping from right to left would allow you to see time stamps on your messages. To delete emails, just swipe from right to left to access more options or to delete the message. You can also swipe from left to right to go back to the main menu on your email inbox.
In the weather app, pinch the screen for a collapsed view of all the locations being monitored for weather forecasts, and if you want to delete a location, just swipe from left to right.
If you want to talk to someone using FaceTime but don’t feel like seeing them or them seeing you, on the contacts app, choose the contact you want to talk to, then choose the phone icon to use the voice call only feature of FaceTime.
And there’s an inclinometer on your iPhone if you want to know the angle of a surface that’s tilted or the angle of the hill you are climbing. On the compass app, just swipe from right to left to access the inclinometer.
Apple’s voice assistant has been improved greatly. Now, you can tell Siri your relationship with your contacts like “John Doe is my husband” or “Rick is my dad,” so you can say simpler commands like “Call my Dad.” You can also enter your home and work address on your iPhone so Siri can remind you of tasks the moment you arrive at your location. And you can now teach Siri how to pronounce names or locations. You can do that by saying “that’s not how you pronounce that,” then Siri will ask you for the pronunciation which will then be repeated three different ways then the user will choose which of the three sounds right.
Chat apps gained popularity because of the fun stickers it offers for users. If you’re not aware, you can also have Emojis on your iPhone, all you have to do is add that to your keyboard. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard then choose International keyboard. Then add a new keyboard, choose Emoji, and you’re all set. When typing and you want to insert an Emoji, just tap on the globe-like icon on the left side of the space bar to view the Emojis. When done, just tap the globe-like icon again to close the Emoji keyboard. Did you know that by double tapping the space bar it ends the sentence with a period followed by a space?
Those are just some of the tips and tricks Apple posted, if you want to find out more, on Safari, tap on the Bookmark icon then choose the iPhone User Guide.