Review of Apple iOS 7 operating system

Apple iOS 7 operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch was introduced 10th June 2013 on Apple WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference). Now it is available as pre-release version for developers, whilst it will be release for common users in September 2013.

iOS 7 will have many new functions and improvements as well as completely new design by Sir Jonathan Ive - a chef designer (Senior Vice President of Industrial Design) at Apple, Inc.

iOS 7 compatible models:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad 2
  • iPad with Retina display
  • iPad Mini
  • iPod Touch 5th generation

For installation of IOS 7 before official release you will need an Apple developer account and registered UDID (Universally Device Identifier) number of your device. If you want to know your UDID number Connect your device to computer → open iTunes → click on your device → on summary tab click on Serial Number and you will see your UDID.

Maintain news and improvements in Apple iOS 7 operating system


Lock screen

Slide to unlock pull box known from iOS 1 (iPhone 1) was removed. Now you swipe your finger to right everywhere on lock screen. You are also able to swipe down the notification center, or swipe up the new control center.

iOS 7 Lock Screen iOS 7 lock screen passcode

Apple iOS 7 lock screen

Home screen

Standard matrix of icons 4x4 (iPhone 4, 4S) or 4x5 (iPhone 5) is maintained, but icons of main applications are graphically simpler with modern look. iOS 7 contains various new animations and parallax lines for simulation of 3D effects on a display.

iOS 7 home screen iOS 7 home screen folder

Apple iOS 7 home screen

Notification Center

Notification Center now contains three tabs Today, All, Missed. Today tab can contain information from calendar, reminders, stocks etc. All tab stores information and notifications from apps and Missed tab contains filtered notifications from apps that are waiting for processing.

iOS 7 notification center iOS 7 notification center settings

Apple iOS 7 notification center and notification center settings

Control Center

Control Center is new improvement of iOS system. It is used for fast access to common features, like on/off buttons of WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, Do not disturb, lock screen, display adjustment control, audio player control, AirDrop, AirPlay, flashlight, alarm, calculator and camera.

iOS 7 control center

Apple iOS 7 control center


Switching between applications are now visualized as cards with application preview. You'll switch off application by swipe up with a preview card.
Apple also added a new feature for developers, which enables background actualization of information in the app. This feature called Background App Refresh can be enabled, or disabled by user, because background actualization can reduce battery life.

iOS 7 multitasking iOS 7 multitasking switch off app

Apple iOS 7 multitasking

Main applications

Main applications like Messages, Calendar, Photos, Notes, Reminders, Music, App Store, iTunes Store are also completely redesigned with various modern graphics elements.
Spotlight search is not on the separate tab of home screen, but it is available after you shortly swipe down by your finger on the home screen.

iOS 7 App Store iOS 7 music app iOS 7 Photo Album iOS 7 Spotlight search

Apple iOS 7 App Store, Music, Album, Spotlight

iOS 7 messages app iOS 7 calendar app iOS 7 Reminders app iOS 7 settings

Apple iOS 7 Messages, Calendar, Reminders, Settings


Safari is also redesigned as other main iOS apps. It contains new smart address bar with suggestions from Google search. Also switching between tabs are faster and more user friendly than the old Safari in iOS 6. It is also associated with iCloud Keychain and Password Generator services.

Safari smart search iOS 7 Safari Web browsing iOS 7 Safari shared links iOS 7 Safari browsing tabs

Apple iOS 7 Safari web browser


Camera app is completely redesigned. You can swipe left or right to change camera modes (Video, Photo, Square, Panorama). Also various photo filters are available and can be used in live preview of photo (only on iPhone 5).

Apple iOS 7 Camera app

iOS in the Car

In iOS 7 compatible car is iOS device able to run the Home Screen and apps on the car multimedia display and you can manage your iOS device with touch on display, or Siri assistant. Apple now cooperating with Honda, Mercedes, Ferrari, BMW, Nissan, Infiniti, Kia, Volvo, Jaguar, Acura, Chevrolet and Opel.

iOS in the Car

Apple iOS in the Car

Other news in iOS 7

  • FaceTime contains full audio-only VoIP integration, you can use it for calling from iOS to iOS device.
  • Keychain is a part of iCloud service that allows users to store and protect passwords, logins, credit card numbers etc.
  • Password Generator is used to generate passwords for logins and services on the Internet and in the device.
  • Contacts stored in Blocked list cannot contact you with phone call, SMS, iMessage and FaceTime.
  • AirDrop is data sharing services known from Mac computers and now is available also for iOS, but only for devices with 5 GHz WiFi support (iPhone 5, iPad).
  • New keyboard layout, with color adaptation for application environment.
  • Better cellular data management with restrictions for applications and data counter separately for every application.
  • Activation lock protects iPhone against wiping by thieves. Without your Apple ID is iOS device only expensive brick.
  • New Maps features as turn-by-turn walking directions, night mode for maps and maps bookmark syncing.
  • iTunes Radio is a new feature that create a private radio station from your favorite songs. This private radio can be shared with other iOS users.

As noted in the beginning of the article, Apple iOS 7 is now in beta testing and various features are still not available and will be added, or modified in other testing releases so that everything will be ready for final release in September 2013.

Related software and links:

Apple iOS icon

Apple iOS    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
Operating system for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices

Apple iTunes for Mac icon

Apple iTunes for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Program used to organize and plays your digital music and video

Apple iTunes for Windows icon

Apple iTunes for Windows    Microsoft Windows platform
Multimedia file manager and library for Apple users


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