WWDC 2013 is staring today, and this is that time of the year when we put up a complete list of new features available on Apple’s new mobile OS.
We all know, this is the year for iOS 7 and we all are eagerly waiting for what’s new, exciting is coming under the new iOS leader, Sir Jonathan Ivy – A Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple.
Last month, we listed the most anticipated 5 features coming to iOS 7 based on the reports we received. Not just that, there had been many rumors floating around about the upcoming iOS version.
Previously, we did our best to bring complete list of features for last two years in regards to iOS 5 and iOS 6, which had more than 200+ enhancements & changes. You can see those lists here:
During the last two years, we saw that Apple tends to release all the features (of course to the developers) during the full span of BETA iterations – before they actually release it for everyone.
iOS 7 Features
As mentioned above, this time we will be listing all the new features coming to iOS 7 and like earlier, this year too we would like to seek help from you to complete this list at its best.
If you know of any new features of iOS 7 then, do share with us by commenting below or, you can also email by contacting us here.
Complete List of Features and Changelog
New User Interface
- New enhanced UI (not specifically for the home-screen but will feature great use of white-space)
- 3D Interface: Perspective changes when we tilt the phone
- Enhanced Typography
- Entirely new color palette through-out the new UI elements
- Redesigned Slide To Unlock. Slide from anywhere on the screen. Its translucent over the background. (Thanks Jesse)
- Use of translucent elements to enhance the look & feel. So, one change in wallpaper will affect how the screen looks.
- Automatic color changing UI elements that change colors depending upon your wallpaper - especially on a dialer & other buttons
- Every app is redesigned. This includes changed UI for default apps like Notes, Newsstand and Game Center
- Improved, smoother animations across UI
- Completely redesigned Phone app & Dialer
- New Icons (Flatter colors without the conventional Glossy overlay. Not like Windows 8 Metro Icons)
- LIVE icons: For example; a Clock icon will show the same system time we see in top-center
- New Wallpapers (with new default – obviously)
- Live Wallpapers have Parallax scrolling.
- You can disable these under Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion
- New default icon (for before an app downloads its own – during installation)
- New Recovery Screen
- Changed boot screen
- Network signal bars are changed now to circles
- Animated Weather app
- Semi-parallax scrolling in Messages app
- Bar-code scanning
- Passbook now has SCAN CODE feature
- iTunes Radio (iRadio) – Apple’s very own music streaming service, its free with ads & is built right into. For US only.
- iCloud Keychain: Store your multiple passwords on cloud, ready to be used on any iOS or Mac device, any time.
- Improved Notification Center - now available on lock-screen with same Swipe-down gesture
- It has new tab called TODAY; that shows forecast, birthdays or anything that goes for daily routine
- Another tab called MISSED; it shows alerts we missed in last 24 hours for quick glance to know what’s what.
- Control Center: swipe-up from bottom of the display Settings Toggle (For WiFi, Airplane, Brightness, Bluetooth, and Cellular Data etc). 3G is now widely used, so there won’t be any toggle specifically for it.
- Control Center also has quick access to items like Camera, Timer, Flashlight and Calculator
- Spotlight doesn’t have a separate page – Now we can swipe-down from within the APP grid to get access to it. (This is separate from how we pull-down notification center)
- Improved Offline Voice Control – like on older devices. So, Siri won’t need Internet connection all the time.
- New multi-tasking with card-based previews - now we’ll be able to preview what’s happening on other running apps.
- In new multitasking cards – Swipe up to remove app from the list
- AirDrop for file transfers over WiFi or NFC (Bluetooth is old school, is it?) – Sad news: Not for iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
- Video Sharing via iCloud is now available
- New Smart downloading of TV Episodes
- Activation Lock: Thieves cannot reactivate the phone if they try to disable Find My iPhone because it now requires Apple ID to exit.
- Notification Sync with all devices
- FaceTime Audio
- FaceTime is now a separate app
- Improved App Store
- App Store shows – Popular Apps near your geo-location.
- App Store will intelligently schedule updates
- The most-used apps will get higher priority for updates in the background
- No need for manual updates. Auto updates can be run in the background
- App updates will adjust according to the available network conditions automatically.
- Connected Apps: More sharing options such as Vimeo, Dropbox & more if such apps are installed so, you can share most with the world through any preferred app. (Again, very similar to system-wise sharing on Android)
- Improved Siri – again, New Interface (Yes, it needs plenty of improvements to catch up with Google’s Voice search)
- New voices in Siri: A new female voice and a new male voice. Both sound more realistic. (Male voice not available yet in iOS 7 Beta 1)
- New international voices
- Siri can now change phone settings like brightness etc
- Siri can now search within Twitter and Wikipedia
- Siri now has in-app experience & does not need to open Safari or any other app often
- New CAR integration. Many automobile manufacturers integrating iOS in car systems by 2014.
- Improved Maps
- System-wide integration for Flickr (Yes. Ever wondered why Flickr started offering 1TB free space?)
- Improved Notes app with ability to insert images
- Pages within the folders
- Communication & interlinking between apps, like Notes, Calendar and Reminders. Or between Address Book & Reminder – for call back alerts etc.
- More improvements on iCloud Backup
- Ability to share photos in other people’s photo streams.
- Improved battery life when multi-tasking
- New Photo Gallery automatically organizes pictures depending upon when & where they were taken.
- Zoom out to year-wise view to see pattern of pictures & then tap/scrub to zoom-in.
- Square camera mode for Instagram like pictures.
- New Instagram-like LIVE filters in Camera (Supports iPhone 5 & above)
- Filters on photos (like above. Supports iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S)
- Camera app also has quick access to capture modes like Stills, Video, Panorama
- Easy placement for HDR on/off
- Clicking pictures is faster than before
- Improved refresh rate – so it shows less distortion when capturing TV screens
- 60-fps video capture
- Support for Game Controllers
- Per app VPN access
- Support for longer MMS
New Improved Safari
- Improved Safari with Tab Overview feature with smooth 3D animation
- Safari full-screen interface
- Smart search field
- One tap access to all the favorites
- Parental Controls in Safari
- Do Not Track option in Safari
- Safari’s new Reading List with seamless scrolling
- More than 8 tabs can stay open in Safari
- Easy Private Browsing: New Safari now has Private Browsing option added on front-end when we tap to open a New Tab. Very similar to what we have in Google Chrome for iOS
- Password Generator within Safari – It can generate passwords that are highly difficult to guess.
- Pinch to show Weather overview of all the locations added in the app
- Swipe between days in calendar
- Gesture Back Button: Swipe from left edge of the screen to go back to the App
- Mail app also uses the new back gesture.
- Smart Mailboxes
- ‘Mark all as read’ is now available
- Slide across to email message in inbox to delete
- Mail shows relative time for updates such as Updated 5 mins ago
- Hotmail is now Outlook.com
- View PDF annotations
- Complete music purchase history available under Library (You can disable this)
- Stream purchased music if it is not yet downloaded on the device.
- Block Phone Calls, Facetime calls and Messages
- Text message bubbles now have clear visibility for Date and Time
- Italian, Dutch and Korean dictionaries
- Handwriting recognition for multiple Chinese characters
- Chinese – English bilingual dictionary
- Night mode for Maps
- Inclinometer to track tilt-movements
- Bookmark sync for Maps across devices
- Turn-by-turn walking directions
- WiFi HostSpot 2.0: Automatic connections to the WiFi when they’re available to save Cellular Data Usage & save task of choosing WiFi’s every time
- Bing is the new default search engine for Siri (Apple dumping Google – nah, I am not liking it though)
- Improved features for Enterprise users in security and usability
- Enterprise users: Better protection over work & personal data
- Single-signon for enterprises
- Wireless app configurations
- Enterprise: Volume app license purchases on App Store
- Per App Cellular Data settings (under the Settings app)
- Do Not Disturb has its own space under Settings with more fine tuning options.
- Accessibility now has option to change system-wide font size. Apps supporting Dynamic Type API will use this font-size to display within their apps.
- Power Button: On and OFF lights now fades-in & out nicely.
- Kids Apps section for easily finding kids related apps
- Add app to wish list: App Store now has option to add apps in a wish-list for revisiting them later.
- When using Facetime – whatever is being captured by the front-camera appears as a background when in Contacts or other apps.
- Maps in 3D mode shows what part of the World is night-time, when zoomed-out all the way. (Thanks Levi for sharing this)
- There is something called Trust Store with some numbers under Settings. Nothing is known yet – do you know?
- Redeem Gift Card using iPhone camera: You can Hold a gift card in front of the camera showing the code. (its optional – and we can also enter gift codes manually)
- App Downloads: 3 Apps can be downloaded simultaneously. (Thanks Levi)
- When you Snooze an Alarm; it shows how much time is left – before it goes off again. (Thanks Christopher Peckham for emailing this)
- ‘TODAY’ in Notification center shows context based alerts such as Traffic, Weather and time needed to reach destination. (This is very similar to what Google Now cards show up in Notification Drawer on Android)
- A Blue dot now shows up next to an app on the home screen when it needs on be updated
- When you have music playing and the phone locks, you double tap the home button to bring up the music controls and they stay even after the screen times out. (Thanks Christopher Peckham)
- Safari: You can dismiss tabs by swiping them to left. No need to tap on ‘x’ close button. (Thanks Nicholas Osborne)
- Photo Filters can be removed any time & you can restore your original picture.
- Tencent Weibo integration. It’s a Chinese micro-blogging website.
- Newsstand app can be moved inside a folder.
- Recording Videos: We can now pinch-to-zoom while recording videos
- We can now take screenshots while recording videos (Thanks chummel90 for these two)
- Tap and select multiple text messages to delete or forward them (Thanks Christopher Peckham)
- Count-down timer shows on lock-screen , below clock.
- When setting Hour or Minutes under any app (Calendar, Clock etc) – if you double tap on either of them – it switches to 5 minute intervals (5 , 10, 15) and all minutes (1, 2, 3).
- Smart App Updates: Updating apps will only download the changed chunk of the app. Similar to what Android introduced with Jelly Bean update. It will make more sense when they have introduced auto-updating the apps. This feature is not mentioned anywhere yet, thanks to our reader Levi who shared this observation. See comment below for details. We will confirm this with ongoing beta versions.
- Request permission to use Microphone: Apps will now ask permission to allow using device’s microphone
- Option to use Apple Maps alternative: Siri now asks whether to use Apple Maps or any other maps app already installed on the device, giving more options for users to choose better Apple Maps alternative if required – such as Google Maps.
- Back Button: Apple is bringing a way to go back on-screen using gestures. We will be able to configure them from settings
- QR code scanner for adding cards into Passbook. (included in API)
- Link calendar events in text messages: Text messages can now check & link calendar events. So, we can just tap to add them into the calendar easily.
- Hide default apps: Apple is planning to bring with future beta versions a way to hide default built-in apps to avoid clutter… especially if you have & prefer alternative to iOS’s default apps. (Not available in Beta 1)
iOS 7 Beta 2 Features
- Siri is faster than earlier version.
- Siri will seek your help if she is unable to pronounce your name the first time. You can also send command to (him/her) later to make it improve.
- Turn-off Parallax under Accessibility
- Change in animation when the text is sent
- Stronger Password suggestion for Personal Hotspot on WiFi
- Music controls stays on lock screen without double-tapping the home button
- Participant initials shown right along the bubble while in iMessage Group Chat
- Also, if you have a nickname set under Contacts – the same will show up in messages.
- Safari UI Improvements – it looks much flatter now. (Does it?)
- New Safari Tab (like on Chrome) to show Favorites (or most-visited) websites (Thanks Levi)
- Improvements on Notification Center readability
- Traffic option in Notification Center
- iTunes and App Store related options are under combined Settings.
- New Nike+iPod Icon
- Notification bubbles for App icons are slightly bigger in size.
- Head Movement Gesture (Left-Right): Under Accessibility> Switch Controls; we’re able to activate head gestures to do functions such as go to Home, open Notification Center, open Siri, tapping or increase sound, etc. See video demo at the bottom of this page.
- App Store app now shows list of all the apps by a developer if you tap on their name under app descriptions. (Thanks Nicholas Osborne)
iOS 7 Beta 3 Features
- Notification Center & Control Center background is more blurred & is now very close to being flatter & darker. The same is used across multiple such areas throughout the OS now. Looks much clean & neat.
- New animation for opening Spotlight Search
- .com keyboard key is no more available for Safari. Its been replaced by a simple period button and domain extensions are available after long holding the period button
- Status bar icons are slightly bigger for quick visibility (I guess)
- Overall improved font clarity across several areas
- Time is displayed on lock screen when Music is playing.
- In Calendar on Monthly view – it shows a grey dot underneath the dates for which the events are scheduled.
- New animation for when the app is downloading
- Apps can be used while the app update is still in progress
iOS 7 Beta 4 Changes & Features
- Lock-screen now shows two tiny bars denoting pull-down & pull-ups; each for Notification Center & Control Center
- System-wide animations are slightly faster now.
- We can now swipe between Today, All, and Missed on Notification Center. It wasn’t happening earlier
- New small radius to Phone buttons. Noticeable mainly while incoming call.
- We can now dismiss two (or may be more) applications from task manager. See video demo. Not just the iPad but it also works on iPhone. I could easily remove two apps by swiping them out with two fingers. (Thanks Nicholas for highlighting)
- New API also includes fingerprint scanning abilities – we can expect something related in next update.
- Spotlight search shows most frequent searches with label ‘Top Hits’ when searched for similar. (Probably available from Beta 1 but noticed today. lol )
iOS 7 Beta 5 Changes & Features
- Battery charging progress is now Live. It shows the current status on the icon too. (Thanks Zev Seltzer for emailing us)
iOS 7 GM & Final Features / Changes
- Many new wallpapers, including those suited for new colored iPhone 5C
- New ringtones & alert tones. Download here- Thanks Roger & Moi for sending this in via email & comment.
- It’s now easier to pull-up drag the Control Center from wherever the keyboard is showing. Earlier it was only possible from below the dictation mic.
- iBeacons – (Works with iPhone 5S I guess) Apple ditched using NFC chip & instead have decided to work with something called Beacons that uses Bluetooth 4 or Bluetooth Smart. It is also believed that NFC chips will start seeing decrease due to higher Internet availability. The topic itself is very detailed & can be debatable for few. However, I would suggest you to read more about iBeacons on Gigaom’s article.
- Focus using Volume Down button: Now we can gently tap (don’t press hard) on Volume Down button to focus pictures. No need to tap on-screen. However, I don’t find this too convenient yet.
- Per app cellular data usage & control cellular data use for each app under Settings > Cellular (scroll down to bottom)
- Safari shows a list of links shared on Twitter (@) so they can be used easily from the bookmarks / history tabs.
iOS 7.0.3 Features & Updates
- Integration of iCloud Keychain across all approved devices
- Password Generator integration in Safari for suggestion on stronger passwords
- Delay in displaying ‘Slide to unlock on lock-screen when Touch ID is in use
- Ability to search Web and Wikipedia from Spotlight Search. (This feature is back again)
- iMessage fix for not sending messages
- Fixes lock-screen bypass bug
- Reduce Motion setting is now minimizes both, Parallax motion as well as system-wide animations. This is how we can turn-off animations in iOS 7. After turning off animations, iOS7 only uses fade-in & fade-out transitions; hence, the phone feels like responding faster than before. (This is good)
- iMessage activation issue has been fixed now.
- (Continued….) We will be adding more features here…
iOS 7 includes the most APIs on offer for developers to work, this time the total number is almost 1500 APIs to integrate new iOS 7 standards. Overall, I also feel that – the new OS is too bright and uses too much White making my eyes strain.
iOS 7 is supported on iPhone 4 and above, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2 and above, iPad Mini. Which means, iOS 7 is not supported on iPhone 3GS. Except the AirDrop feature which is not available for iPhone 4 and 4S.
Screenshots / Images
iOS 7 Beta 1
With the official announcement, Apple has already shared iOS 7 Beta 1 with registered developers. Conventionally, more fixes and more features will come in Beta 2 after the first feedback from developers.
iOS 7 Beta for iPad
Some Russian friends have managed to show us fully working iOS 7 Beta running on an iPad in a detailed video before official release. We don’t know how legit it is – but what it shows, looks quite good. See for yourself in the video below. No official release date about iOS 7 for iPad has announced yet. We’re waiting eagerly.
iOS 7 Beta 2 Released
Apple has seeded iOS 7 Beta 2 for developers – obviously it includes further improvements and they have re-included the Voice Memo app which was missing earlier & both, male and female voices in Siri are also available. Not just that, iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPad is also included in this release… like we mentioned above.
iOS 7 Beta 2 on iPad Mini – Video
Update: Head Movement Gestures (Under Accessibility)
iOS 7 Beta 3 seeded
Apple today seeded iOS 7 Beta 3 for developers. The update size under OTA shows 214MB for iPhone 5. The Beta 3 changelog appears to have many fixes from earlier versions. Overall, they have improved font readability and done minor cosmetic changes whenever needed.
iOS 7 Beta 4 Seeded
After a postponed schedule due to security breach in Apple’s Developers portal – the company has finally seeded iOS 7 Beta 4 for developers. Its about 280MB for iPhone 5. I am downloading it right now.. will post more details soon. I just expect they have fixed major bugs in Contacts app, Wallpaper vanishing bug and many others in this update. They better do – hehe
iOS 7 Beta 5 Seeded (Delayed update here)
iOS 7 Beta 5 was released to fix some more bugs & improvements. One of them was the renewed colorful icons on the settings app. Also, they have redesigned the Phone buttons, Power-off slider etc.
iOS 7 Beta 6 Seeded
Apple today unexpectedly released, a surprisingly low size (approx. 13MB) iOS 7 Beta 6. According to the dev doc, it mainly fixes a bug with iTunes in the cloud where; some unexpected downloads or playback took place from purchased items.
I will update the list of changes and features of Beta 4 in some time. Stay tuned friends.
iOS 7 – Release date gets official
Apple in an event today (Sept. 10) have officially announced public release date for the new iOS 7. It will be available for all from September 18, 2013.
I am not sure if its still ready for the release yet. What say you?
iOS 7 GM Released
Immediately after te launch event of iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S – Apple seeded iOS 7 Gold Master update for the developer which is a 1.2GB IPSW file for iPhone 5 & 1.3GB file for the iPad.
Downloading or updating iOS 7 GM from OTA is not available & is only possible via the developer center. You can also download iOS 7 GM ipsw files if you’re on a Mac.
We’ve started the download & will be updating on the new changes – probably the final ones because GM release is as good as te public release. Do let us know if you see some interesting last minute changes or improvements.
iOS 7 – Official Release
Apple’s this new OS is scheduled for official public release today i.e. September 18, 2013. So – don’t forget to bookmark this page or print it if needed , so you can track all changes as soon as you’re done installing.
Interestingly – according to the reports online, Apple has already started working on iOS 7.0.1 & iOS 7.1 updates; which will be made available in coming weeks. I suppose this move clearly shows that Apple has already hurried themselves in officially releasing it & I do think it needs more bug fixing at few items.
iOS 7′s Zone-wise roll out times: The roll out of iOS 7 should begin via OTA after 10.30pm IST & 1pm EST however, I don’t think it will start across the globe at the same time. Due to huge download requests – it will only make sense to release iOS 7 update at different times for different regions. Be sure to backup your iPhone now.
iOS 7.0.1 for iPhone 5s
Just within a day or so – Apple has already released iOS 7.0.1 update specifically for iPhone 5s; to fix a bug with Touch ID sensor where, it used to prompt for a password instead when making online purchases.
That was definitely one of the fastest bug fix update released ever.
iOS 7.0.2 Released
Apple seeded a new security update iOS 7.0.2 for all devices today & fixes issues such as, bypassing lock-screen & few others. The iPhone 5 update is approx. 21MB in size.
iOS 7.0.3 Released
New iOS 7 update has been released for all iOS devices. The new iOS 7.0.3 update has few new added features, security & bug fixes have been addressed too. Update for an iPhone 5 is approx. 67.7MB.
iOS 7.0.4 Update Released
New iOS 7.0.4 update is now available via OTA and Apple downloads. This update is approx. 17MB for iPhone 5 & mainly focuses on fixing few critical security issues with some bug fixes.
Tell Us More
As requested above, if you know of any of the new iOS 7 features – then do let us know via comments below or contact us here. We will feature your name (with your Twitter/Facebook/Google+/Blog Link) on this page.
With all the new improvements in iOS 7 – this version looks very interesting & exciting than any of the earlier versions. I am liking the look and feel bringing the fresh perspective to the OS.
We will keep this page updated often – so don’t forget to bookmark it.