The other day we wrote down our eight things we expect to love about iOS 7 and eight things we think we'll hate about iOS 7... Now as iOS 7 we all start to get used to Apple's new iPhone and iPad operating system, what features can you expect to enjoy?
Watch our video above for a quick run through of the new features.
1) Updating your iPhone or iPad is easy
This happens magically, as it did with iOS 6. You'll either get an alert of your can go to Settings > General > Software Update. We have more information about how to download iOS 7 here: How to update your iPhone or iPad to Apple iOS 7 Also read: Will I be able to update to iOS 7 on my iPhone, iPad
Read our: iOS 7 for iPhone & iPad review
2) iOS 7 is completely different and change is good
You may spend a few weeks thinking you are in a foreign country. Many of the things you are used to will look completely different. After some initial mistakes and confusion, you'll have adapted in no time to the new way of working with your iPad and iPhone, and realised that those features you rely on are still there . Who knows, maybe you'll even prefer it. If you Hate iOS 7? Give it a month
3) Apple has redesigned apps, and so has everyone else
Your stock apps get a redesign: check out Safari, Calendar, Camera, Mail and Messages. This is the death of skeuomorphism, it's also a chance for Apple to make sure that every app offers a consistent experience. One of the big changes is the way buttons are replaced by text. Tap the word Repeat rather than the old squiggle symbol. Other apps that sport an iOS 7 redesign include eBay, Flipboard, Foursquare and Camera+.
4) Calendar no longer looks horrible
One app sporting a stylish redesign that also makes it more usable is Calendar. In earlier versions of iOS the Month view gave us no information about what was happening thatmonth. Now, among other new features, we get a scrollable Week view.
5) The lock screen has been simplified
It has. Although, having spent four hours attempting to download iOS 7 when I eventually got to the 'Slide to Set Up' screen I spent ages sliding the wrong way and thinking it didn't work. The only indication that the swipe needs to be from left to right in iOS 7 is the > beside the slide related wording where previously there was a block of text and a clearly defined arrow.
6) There are new gestures in iOS 7
There are a number of new gestures that you'll probably discover over the next few weeks in iOS 7. For example, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Centre. Pull down any home screen to get to Spotlight - no more swiping back to the first home screen. Swipe upwards while in Multitasking to force quit an app. Swipe left and hold to get a time stamp for individual messages in Messages. Tap on the current temperature in Weather to get additional information such as humidity and wind speed.
7) Multitasking deserves to be called multitasking
Speaking of Multitasking. Apple has completely revamped Multitasking. Now apps can take advantage of full background multitasking and the old multitasking bar of icons has been replaced by a new carousel. To access this new carousel you still double-press the Home button, however the difference is that your current screen zooms out into a series of screens, each representing an app you were using. This is particularly useful if you wanted a glimpse of something open in an app without actually opening it. The app icon is below. You can scroll through them, tap on them to open the app, and swipe upward on a screen to force-quit the application.
8) Always-on-apps don't have to be always on
The other aspect of this new multitasking is that in iOS 7 any app can now run in the background, updating whenever it feels the need. We're a bit worried about what this level of multitasking will do to battery life, but Apple has done a lot to optimise things so the battery shouldn't suffer, for example, pooling updates so that they occur at the same time and prioritizing the apps you use most frequently. All this background activity should mean your social networking apps get updated a bit more frequently, although if you'd rather have some control over your data usage you will be able to determine how much background refreshing goes on in Settings > General > Background App Refresh which will let you stop any app from running in the background.
9) System settings in an overlay
Some system-level features, including Siri and Notification Centre, will appear in layers, superimposed over the rest of the user interface. Control Centre will also appear as a layer.
10) Control Centre gives you easy access to the controls
Of all the new features in iOS 7 this is probably the one we are looking forward to the most. This iOS 7 feature gives you access to all the commonly used settings at the flick of a finger. No more diving through menus to turn down brightness, for example. You can also enable or disable Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth this way. You'll also find media playback controls, the orientation lock, and AirPlay, as well as the new torch, and shortcuts to clock, calculator and the camera. Control Centre will also give you access to AirDrop.
11) AirDrop makes sharing simpler
Apple's file-sharing protocol has already been available on the Mac, and now it is coming to the iPad and iPhone. The best thing about this will be how easy it will be to share images and files with friends nearby. Previously if you wanted to share an image with a friend you'd have needed to email or iMessage it to them. If they have AirDrop enabled you will be able to share things easily via a peer-to-peer connection. And it's not just photos you can share: you can also share a location in Maps. We're slightly concerned that anyone, including strangers, will be able to share things via AirDrop, luckily if you set it to Contacts then you'll only be able to receive things from those people who's iCloud address is in your Contacts. Of course you'll have to make sure that the iCloud data is there. The other odd thing is that AirDrop doesn't work with a Mac, yet, despite the fact that the Mac has a service by the same name. It is possible that this will come to Macs with Bluetooth 4.0.
12) Notifications Centre is actually useful
To access Notification Centre you still swipe down from the top of the screen, however, iOS 7 brings a Today view including what's on your calendar, today's weather, reminders, and even the travel time to any destination you are supposed to head for. You also get notified about events for tomorrow. You'll also be able to view the Notifications you missed. This makes Notifications Centre the closest thing to a personal assistant, besides Siri. You'll still see app notifications in Notifications Centre, just swipe left, there's also a new Missed tab that shows the notifications you didn't act upon, they will disappear after 24 hours.
13) Find My iPhone gains Activation Lock
An update to Find My iPhone means that if you lose your iPhone or iPad the device will require thieves to enter your iCloud name and password in order to erase and reactivate the device. If you erase the device yourself it will display the custom Find My iPhone 'This iPhone has been lost" message on the screen.
14) Siri is out of beta, finally!
Apple's personal assistant has finally come out of beta and it's also got a little bit smarter. Siri gains some new voices in some countries (not in the UK yet). If will use Bing for searching instead of Google, as well as searching Wikipedia and Twitter. You'll be able to use Siri to return calls, play voicemail, and more. We have to admit; we have never found Siri to be useful. There is rarely an opportunity when we think we might want to talk to our iPhone when we aren't in a crowded office floor, out on the street, or in public building. It's only really useful when you are alone and people aren't going to overhear you talking to Siri, and Siri will be able to hear you over the background noise. However, we realise that there are times when voice activation can be useful, perhaps when driving a car. We think that the real benefit of Apple's investment in Siri will come with it's rumoured entrance into wearable technology. Until then we're going to struggle with the embarrassment of talking to our phone in public. Perhaps it's a British thing?
15) Camera and photos
The Camera app has been redesigned gaining new filters and an Instagram-esque square-shooting mode. It's also going to be able to shoot pictures faster, we hear. There will also be eight Instagram-inspired new filters you can apply to your photos, ranging from the monochromatic to the instant-camera-inspired. Apply them within the Edit interface and they are non destructive, so you can undo. You won't be able to apply filters to panorama shots or videos.
16) You'll be able to manage your thousand-image photo roll
As for your ever-increasing photo collection, you will now be able to see your images sorted according to where and when you took them in Moments (time based) and Collections (location based). The images are presented in a tiny mosaic, tap an image to view a thumbnail, or drag to see the full-size image.
17) Photo Streams are open to collaboration
Your Shared Photo Streams will be renamed iCloud Shared Streams and you'll be able to share images and videos, and your friends will be able to contribute their own videos and images to the same album. Photo Streams can become a little like a private social network, holiday or party with friends and then all contribute to the photo album.
18) Safari search tweaks and simplification
The Safari browsers also had a redesign. The unified search bar finally makes it to iOS, no more entering URLs and search terms in separate boxes. The big difference here is the fact that the search results will default to Bing rather than Google (which concerns us a bit, but it sounds like you can change it back if you want). You'll also notice that Apple has reconfigured the keyboard - gone is the .com key. However, the interface is cleaner. You'll be able to use various new swipe gestures. There's also Favourites, which replaces the Bookmarks Bar – you can tap any of your Favourites to go straight to that site. Safari Shared Links is also accessible via the Bookmarks button – these are ULRs shared by your Twitter friends. The Fullscreen view is also slightly different and works in portrait as well as landscape. There is also a new tabs view that shows a series of tilted, 3D-esque cards to represent your tabs. Swipe a tab to the left to close it or tap the x in the corner. Another bonus: you can have more than tabs open at once than you could in iOS 6, which was limited to eight.
19) iCloud Keychain, soon
iCloud Keychain, which would have remembered all our account names. Passwords and credit card numbers, was to be our solution to having too many passwords, however, this new feature has been put on hold, but we believe it will be coming soon. There are still some new features in iOS 7 that will allow you to store and save passwords and credit card numbers prior to the iCloud Keychain launch.
20) Apps update without tapping
If like us you have hundreds (139 actually) of apps calling for updates but you never get around to giving them the go ahead you may find the new auto-update feature handy. You will have the option of letting your apps update automatically over Wi-Fi (or even cellular, if you are crazy). If you'd prefer not to update apps automatically (perhaps you are worried about the potential for bugs or lost features) you can always disable the automatic updates under Settings > iTunes & App Store. With apps updating willy nilly Apple will have to ensure that it doesn't approve faulty apps.
21) You can disable cellular data usage by app
You will be able to enable or disable cellular data use on an app-by-app basis - go to Settings > Cellular. We are glad to have such a feature having recently struggled to stick to our data allowance. Also handy is the fact that on this settings screen you'll be able to see exactly how much data each app has eaten up. So you'll be able to see the biggest culprits – although you won't be able to stop them in their tracks without deleting them. It's worth resetting your data cycle every month so that you can keep tabs on the data usage.
22) App Store gets a revamp
The App Store has got a bit of an iOS 7 redesign. Also, the Genius button gets replaced with a Apps Near Me button, which highlights apps that are popular in your location. We're not sure if this will make it easier to sift through all the rubbish on the App Store, but if it makes discovering apps easier that's got to be a good thing.