1)SEARCH WITH SIRI
Youâ€™ve always been able to trigger web searches with Siri, but in
iOS 7 the results are presented a lot smarter. Ask Siri to look up an
image and itâ€™ll display top results from Bing within the Siri
interface. You can also search for tweets by name or topic, using
natural language like â€œwhat is The Verge saying,â€ itâ€™s a great way
to stay up on the latest news. Of course can still pull up restaurant
and cinema information, as well as live and historic sports scores and
2)KNOW WHEN THAT MESSAGE WAS SENT
One of the most infuriating things about Messages in iOS is its lack
of regular timestamps. Rather than giving you a time for every message,
itâ€™s always periodically defined the beginning of a conversation with a
timestamp. In iOS 7, you can check on the exact time every message was
sent and received by swiping message bubbles to the left.
3)USE SAFARI TO NEVER MISS A LINK
Why Apple has chosen to hide this new feature inside Safariâ€™s
Bookmarks menu, weâ€™ll never know. If you click on the @ symbol inside
Bookmarks, youâ€™ll see a list of tweets from your Twitter feed that
contain links. Itâ€™s a neat way to catch up on everything your friends
and colleagues have been sharing without searching through vast swathes
4)GIVE SIRI AN ELOCUTION LESSON
If youâ€™ve got an unusual name, or have friends with rare surnames,
youâ€™ve probably laughed at Siriâ€™s innate inability to pronounce
words that arenâ€™t in the dictionary. Now you can call out when words
are mispronounced and train Siri to say them correctly. Just say
â€œthatâ€™s not how you pronounce that,â€ run through a short exercise,
and Siri should get things right from then on.
5)TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR APPS
With iOS 7, apps can now periodically download data in the
background, ensuring theyâ€™re up-to-date when you need them. Itâ€™s a
very useful feature, but itâ€™s not particularly data-friendly. Luckily,
Apple has included a granular Background App Refresh menu that lets you
switch off background data on an app-by-app basis.
6)STOP THEM WATCHING
Last year, Apple quietly introduced ad tracking with iOS 6. Whatâ€™s
that? Essentially, your iPhone has a unique identifier that's used to
keep track of your browsing activity in order to target you
(technically, your device) with ads. Although it's anonymous, some
people don't like the data being sent at all. The option to disable this
used to be hidden deep inside the About menu. Now, more logically, it
can be found under Privacy.
7)HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USER #945678
Giving your iPhone a little bit of information about you has a lot of
benefits. Tell it your address, and you can quickly ask Siri to remind
you to do something when you get home. Youâ€™ll also get more relevant
traffic updates through the Notification Centerâ€™s Today screen. Tell
it your birthday, and your iPhone will wish you a totally genuine
â€œHappy birthdayâ€ when the big day is finally here.
8)ALWAYS BE UPDATING
The days of opening the App Store and manually updating your apps are
over â€" if you want them to be. Within the App Store settings menu,
youâ€™ll find the option to set iOS to automatically update every app,
and a separate toggle to switch off automatic updates when youâ€™re
using cellular data.
9)USE SPOTLIGHT FOR (ALMOST) EVERYTHING
Previously housed on the far-left of the home screen, Spotlight
search is now available from any page by using a downwards swipe. As
long as you're a reasonably quick typer, you'll find that launching
apps, finding contacts, and searching email is far faster from Spotlight
than anywhere else.
One thing you can't do from Spotlight is search the web and Wikipedia
â€" Apple removed that feature in iOS 7, so you'll have to use Siri or
head to Safari for your kicks.