Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Apple iOS 7 Changes Just about Everything

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Apple iOS 7 Changes Just about Everything

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Apple last week released the iOS 7, a mobile operating system update that CEO Tim Cook called the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone's 2007 introduction. Available for free for every iPhone after the iPhone 4, the latest iPod Touch, the iPad 2 and later versions, and the iPad mini, iOS 7 will be seen by millions of people in the coming weeks. Here's what to expect. The most dramatic change is visual. Everything looks different. Icons for core functions such as Photos, Settings and Newsstand have new images; there's a new palette of colors, and everything looks brighter. Icons appear flat while visually layered over the background to give the illusion of floating over the wallpaper image. As you move your device, the icons float slightly to match your movement (Apple calls this the "parallax effect"), making it look like the wallpaper is moving.

Many love the new look, while others complain it seems cartoonish and overly bright. If you hate it, you can update your background image to one that's more sedate and reduce the brightness of your screen via Settings - Wallpapers & Brightness. You can turn off the parallax effect by going to Settings - General - Accessibility - Reduce Motion.

You'll be using finger swipes more than ever. While the Notifications menu is still launched by swiping down from the very top of the screen, if you place your finger lower on any icon screen (not from within an application) and swipe down, you'll now launch the search function (known as Spotlight). This was previously accessed by swiping left to right on your home screen.

Swipe up from the bottom of your screen at any time to launch another new feature, Control Center. This semi-translucent menu gives you quick access to airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, brightness and locking the screen's orientation. You also can control your audio player and quickly access the flashlight, alarm, calculator and camera. All that functionality crammed into one menu makes it a bit cluttered, and you can't customize it to choose the features to which you want quick access. …

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