iOS 7: Complete List Of 200+ New Features

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.

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

  1. New enhanced UI (not specifically for the home-screen but will feature great use of white-space)
  2. 3D Interface: Perspective changes when we tilt the phone
  3. Enhanced Typography
  4. Entirely new color palette through-out the new UI elements
  5. Redesigned Slide To Unlock. Slide from anywhere on the screen. Its translucent over the background. (Thanks Jesse)
  6. Use of translucent elements to enhance the look & feel. So, one change in wallpaper will affect how the screen looks.
  7. Automatic color changing UI elements that change colors depending upon your wallpaper  - especially on a dialer & other buttons
  8. Every app is redesigned. This includes changed UI for default apps like Notes, Newsstand and Game Center
  9. Improved, smoother animations across UI
  10. Completely redesigned Phone app & Dialer
  11. New Icons (Flatter colors without the conventional Glossy overlay. Not like Windows 8 Metro Icons)
  12. LIVE icons: For example; a Clock icon will show the same system time we see in top-center
  13. New Wallpapers (with new default – obviously)
  14. Live Wallpapers have Parallax scrolling.
  15. You can disable these under Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion
  16. New default icon (for before an app downloads its own – during installation)
  17. New Recovery Screen
  18. Changed boot screen
  19. Network signal bars are changed now to circles
  1. Animated Weather app
  2. Semi-parallax scrolling in Messages app
  3. Bar-code scanning
  4. Passbook now has SCAN CODE feature
  5. iTunes Radio (iRadio) – Apple’s very own music streaming service, its free with ads & is built right into. For US only.
  6. iCloud Keychain: Store your multiple passwords on cloud, ready to be used on any iOS or Mac device, any time.
  7. Improved Notification Center - now available on lock-screen with same Swipe-down gesture
  8. It has new tab called TODAY; that shows forecast, birthdays or anything that goes for daily routine
  9. Another tab called MISSED; it shows alerts we missed in last 24 hours for quick glance to know what’s what.
  10. 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.
  11. Control Center also has quick access to items like Camera, Timer, Flashlight and Calculator
  12. 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)
  13. Improved Offline Voice Control – like on older devices. So, Siri won’t need Internet connection all the time.
  14. New multi-tasking with card-based previews - now we’ll be able to preview what’s happening on other running apps.
  15. In new multitasking cards – Swipe up to remove app from the list
  16. AirDrop for file transfers over WiFi or NFC (Bluetooth is old school, is it?) – Sad news: Not for iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
  17. Video Sharing via iCloud is now available
  18. New Smart downloading of TV Episodes
  19. Activation Lock: Thieves cannot reactivate the phone if they try to disable Find My iPhone because it now requires Apple ID to exit.
  20. Notification Sync with all devices
  21. FaceTime Audio
  22. FaceTime is now a separate app
  23. Improved App Store
  24. App Store shows – Popular Apps near your geo-location.
  25. App Store will intelligently schedule updates
  26. The most-used apps will get higher priority for updates in the background
  27. No need for manual updates. Auto updates can be run in the background
  28. App updates will adjust according to the available network conditions automatically.
  29. 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)
  30. Improved Siri – again, New Interface (Yes, it needs plenty of improvements to catch up with Google’s Voice search)
  31. 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)
  32. New international voices
  33. Siri can now change phone settings like brightness etc
  34. Siri can now search within Twitter and Wikipedia
  35. Siri now has in-app experience & does not need to open Safari or any other app often
  36. New CAR integration. Many automobile manufacturers integrating iOS in car systems by 2014.
  37. Improved Maps
  38. System-wide integration for Flickr (Yes. Ever wondered why Flickr started offering 1TB free space?)
  39. Improved Notes app with ability to insert images
  40. Pages within the folders
  41. Communication & interlinking between apps, like Notes, Calendar and Reminders. Or between Address Book & Reminder – for call back alerts etc.
  42. More improvements on iCloud Backup
  43. Ability to share photos in other people’s photo streams.
  44. Improved battery life when multi-tasking
  45. New Photo Gallery automatically organizes pictures depending upon when & where they were taken.
  46. Zoom out to year-wise view to see pattern of pictures & then tap/scrub to zoom-in.
  47. Square camera mode for Instagram like pictures.
  48. New Instagram-like LIVE filters in Camera (Supports iPhone 5 & above)
  49. Filters on photos (like above. Supports iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S)
  50. Camera app also has quick access to capture modes like Stills, Video, Panorama
  51. Easy placement for HDR on/off
  52. Clicking pictures is faster than before
  53. Improved refresh rate – so it shows less distortion when capturing TV screens
  54. 60-fps video capture
  55. Support for Game Controllers
  56. Per app VPN access
  57. Support for longer MMS

New Improved Safari

  1. Improved Safari with Tab Overview feature with smooth 3D animation
  2. Safari full-screen interface
  3. Smart search field
  4. One tap access to all the favorites
  5. Parental Controls in Safari
  6. Do Not Track option in Safari
  7. Safari’s new Reading List with seamless scrolling
  8. More than 8 tabs can stay open in Safari
  9. 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
  1. Password Generator within Safari – It can generate passwords that are highly difficult to guess.
  2. Pinch to show Weather overview of all the locations added in the app
  3. Swipe between days in calendar
  4. Gesture Back Button: Swipe from left edge of the screen to go back to the App
  5. Mail app also uses the new back gesture.
  6. Smart Mailboxes
  7. ‘Mark all as read’ is now available
  8. Slide across to email message in inbox to delete
  9. Mail shows relative time for updates such as Updated 5 mins ago
  10. Hotmail is now Outlook.com
  11. View PDF annotations
  12. Complete music purchase history available under Library (You can disable this)
  13. Stream purchased music if it is not yet downloaded on the device.
  14. Block Phone Calls, Facetime calls and Messages
  15. Text message bubbles now have clear visibility for Date and Time
  16. Italian, Dutch and Korean dictionaries
  17. Handwriting recognition for multiple Chinese characters
  18. Chinese – English bilingual dictionary
  19. Night mode for Maps
  20. Inclinometer to track tilt-movements
  21. Bookmark sync for Maps across devices
  22. Turn-by-turn walking directions
  23. 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
  24. Bing is the new default search engine for Siri (Apple dumping Google – nah, I am not liking it though)
  25. Improved features for Enterprise users in security and usability
  26. Enterprise users: Better protection over work & personal data
  27. Single-signon for enterprises
  28. Wireless app configurations
  29. Enterprise: Volume app license purchases on App Store
  30. Per App Cellular Data settings (under the Settings app)
  31. Do Not Disturb has its own space under Settings with more fine tuning options.
  32. 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.
  33. Power Button: On and OFF lights now fades-in & out nicely.
  34. Kids Apps section for easily finding kids related apps
  35. Add app to wish list: App Store now has option to add apps in a wish-list for revisiting them later.
  36. When using Facetime – whatever is being captured by the front-camera appears as a background when in Contacts or other apps.
  37. Maps in 3D mode shows what part of the World is night-time, when zoomed-out all the way. (Thanks Levi for sharing this)
  38. There is something called Trust Store with some numbers under Settings. Nothing is known yet – do you know?
  39. 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)
  40. App Downloads: 3 Apps can be downloaded simultaneously. (Thanks Levi)
  41. When you Snooze an Alarm; it shows how much time is left – before it goes off again.  (Thanks Christopher Peckham for emailing this)
  42. ‘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)
  43. A Blue dot now shows up next to an app on the home screen when it needs on be updated
  44.  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)
  45. Safari: You can dismiss tabs by swiping them to left. No need to tap on ‘x’ close button. (Thanks Nicholas Osborne)
  46. Photo Filters can be removed any time & you can restore your original picture.
  47. Tencent Weibo integration. It’s a Chinese micro-blogging website.
  48. Newsstand app can be moved inside a folder.
  49. Recording Videos: We can now pinch-to-zoom while recording videos
  50. We can  now take screenshots while recording videos (Thanks chummel90 for these two)
  51. Tap and select multiple text messages to delete or forward them  (Thanks Christopher Peckham)
  52. Count-down timer shows on lock-screen , below clock.
  53. 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).
  54. 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.
  55. Request permission to use Microphone: Apps will now ask permission to allow using device’s microphone
  56. 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.
  57. Back Button: Apple is bringing a way to go back on-screen using gestures. We will be able to configure them from settings
  58. QR code scanner for adding cards into Passbook. (included in API)
  59. 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.
  60. 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

  1. Siri is faster than earlier version.
  2. 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.
  3. Turn-off Parallax under Accessibility
  4. Change in animation when the text is sent
  5. Stronger Password suggestion for Personal Hotspot on WiFi
  6. Music controls stays on lock screen without double-tapping the home button
  7. Participant initials shown right along the bubble while in iMessage Group Chat
  8. Also, if you have a nickname set under Contacts – the same will show up in messages.
  9. Safari UI Improvements – it looks much flatter now. (Does it?)
  10. New Safari Tab (like on Chrome) to show Favorites (or most-visited) websites (Thanks Levi)
  11. Improvements on Notification Center readability
  12. Traffic option in Notification Center
  13. iTunes and App Store related options are under combined Settings.
  14. New Nike+iPod Icon
  15. Notification bubbles for App icons are slightly bigger in size.
  16. 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.
  17. 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

  1. 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.
  2. New animation for opening Spotlight Search
  3. .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
  4. Status bar icons are slightly bigger for quick visibility (I guess)
  5. Overall improved font clarity across several areas
  6. Time is displayed on lock screen when Music is playing.
  7. In Calendar on Monthly view – it shows a grey dot underneath the dates for which the events are scheduled.
  8. New animation for when the app is downloading
  9. Apps can be used while the app update is still in progress

iOS 7 Beta 4 Changes & Features

  1. Lock-screen now shows two tiny bars denoting pull-down & pull-ups; each for Notification Center & Control Center
  2. System-wide animations are slightly faster now.
  3. We can now swipe between Today, All, and Missed on Notification Center. It wasn’t happening earlier
  4. New small radius to Phone buttons. Noticeable mainly while incoming call.
  5. 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)
  6. New API also includes fingerprint scanning abilities – we can expect something related in next update.
  7. 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

  1. 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

  1. Many new wallpapers, including those suited for new colored iPhone 5C
  2. New ringtones & alert tones. Download here- Thanks Roger & Moi for sending this in via email & comment. :)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Per app cellular data usage & control cellular data use for each app under Settings > Cellular (scroll down to bottom)
  7. 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

  1. Integration of iCloud Keychain across all approved devices
  2. Password Generator integration in Safari for suggestion on stronger passwords
  3. Delay in displaying ‘Slide to unlock on lock-screen when Touch ID is in use
  4. Ability to search Web and Wikipedia from Spotlight Search. (This feature is back again)
  5. iMessage fix for not sending messages
  6. Fixes lock-screen bypass bug
  7. 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)
  8. iMessage activation issue has been fixed now.

iOS 7.1 Beta 2 Changes & Features

  1. New option to enable/disable ‘Car Display’ under Settings > Restrictions
  2. List View is back for Calendar app
  3. System wide (even) faster animations & bounce effect on Control Center tray
  4. Option to enable/disable ‘Button Shapes’ under Settings > Accessibility: This will eventually bring back buttons on iOS 7 & looks like some users made Apple step-back a little in their design policy.
  5. Siri can now search on Twitter
  6. Fixes a critical bug where apps won’t update.

iOS 7.1 Beta 3 Changes & Features

  1. Changes on keypad: Call, End-call buttons are now in circle to blend with other circular number pad, like other in-call buttons. Only the two Green & the Red button were unfit with the design till then.
  2. New design for ‘Slide to power off’: Apple decided to change the design for power-off interface & the one previous to this wasn’t well-drafted. Glad to see such detailed design related efforts. The new design takes advantage of transparency effects & ‘Cancel’ button is also now in circular style.
  3. Option to disable Parallax effect for home-screen wallpaper — separately from other motions on the OS.
  4. Bold fonts setting under accessibility, now also makes the UI text into bold weight for uniformity.
  5. Stock app icons like Messages, Phone app, FaceTime now have darker green color. I always felt that the earlier bright-green color was a very bad choice. Glad that it’s changed.
  6.  Increase Contrast under Accessibility has its own set of options like; Reduce Transparency , Darker Colors & Reduce White Point. These options would help tweak the iOS interface a little from making UI elements opaque, use darker colors and, or reduce the bright White which is very much helpful in the night.
  7. Little change of text & colors on the two buttons in Music App namely, ‘Repeat A Song’ & ‘Shuffle All’
  8. The White keyboard finally gets a little makeover. The keys are now made seem separate from the background, Shift, Backspace & Return buttons are now darker. All these little things are making the keyboard a better place on the device. I would like to have the Black keyboard back on iOS 7.

iOS 7.1 Beta 4 Changes & Features

  1. Slide To Unlock – is now getting a new UI similar to Slide to Power-off. But, its looking unfinished & untidy at the moment. It should get its due fineness by iOS 7.1 Beta 5. Nothing much changed here — seems like Apple decided to revert back, however — the masked-glow is now brighter & little slower. (see #202 above)

iOS 7.1 Final Release (In addition to BETA versions)

  1. CarPlay Support
  2. Improvement on TouchID fingerprint recognition
  3. FaceTime notifications sync & clear when the call is answered from other device
  4. Keep pressing the Home button while you still dictating to Siri & release when done
  5. New natural sounding male & female voices for UK English, Australian English & Japanese
  6. Country specific list of holidays is automatically added to the calendar app
  7. Display events in month view
  8. Major improvements on speed performance for iPhone 4
  9. iTunes Radio now includes search above featured stations, buy albums by tapping now playing
  10. (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.

Compatibility

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 - 3D Interface

iOS 7 – 3D Interface

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 when 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 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 it’s 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 back up 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 a few critical security issues with some bug fixes.

iOS 7.1 Beta 2 Released For Developers

Another BETA is now made available for developers for iOS 7.1 & seems, we soon will see this new update coming to our devices. iOS 7.1 Beta 2 does carry few bug fixes & improvements as they would want to – but, this journey won’t stop here. There are still several items Apple design team will need to discuss, especially when more apps are now adapting to the iOS 7 interface. I have updated a list above.

iOS 7.1 Beta 3 Released For Developers

Apple today seeded IOS 7.1 Beta 3 to developers. It was first made available as an OTA update for Beta 2 users buy later was also made available for IPSW downloads. The new beta features many bug fixes & some cosmetic changes in the UI too, like tweaked icons & more. Will update what’s new in some time today.

iOS 7.1 Beta 4 Seeded

Beta 4 for iOS 7.1 was seeded a few hours ago to the developers. Though, this release does not contain much of the visual changes but, I suppose there is a lot cooked inside already. And, that’s why the release is seeded for testing. Untethered jailbreak tool Evas0n was not blocked on earlier beta – however, it’s unclear whether it is blocked or not as yet. We’ll keep you posted. According to several reports from developers, the iOS 7.1 public release date is far away at the moment & the main cause of delay is with it’s compatibility with Car systems. Apple has already announced that iOS 7 will have tight integration with car systems & already have partnered with several popular auto brands.

iOS 7.0.5 Released Internationally for iPhone 5S & 5C

Today, the new update of iOS 7.0.5 was released internationally for iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C. Earlier it was said that the update is released in China only to address Carrier related issues — however, turns out that the release is available worldwide except USA. If you’ve jailbroken iOS 7 then, stay away until evasi0n’s official tool is available. It seems this new public release is not yet patched for jailbreaking. iOS 7.1 Beta 4 is partly patched for jailbreak by Apple — so, that’s not a good news at all.

iOS 7.1 Final Release Date

According to reliable sources of 9to5mac, the newest update iOS 7.1 release date is somewhere in March 2014. These reports also confirm that, there are no further hidden or secret new features to pack in this update, which means, whatever we have in Beta releases – is what we’ll be getting with the final release. We might see iOS 7 Beta 5 soon, to take care of any bugs & with neatness being applied to the UI, wherever needed.

iOS 7.1 Released Officially

Almost in line with the expected release date, iOS 7.1 is now finally sees the world (vice-a-versa). iOS 7.1 includes improvements, bug fixes & new features including CarPlay support. We listed most of the new features shared alongside BETA releases. We’ll further review & update more features if any.

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.

Update: iOS 8 launched

Apple announced the all new iOS 8 during the Keynote presentation at WWDC 2014 conference.  See iOS 8 new features & details.

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  • Nicholas Osborne

    I believe that with iOS 7.1.1, in control center, when you quickly adjust brightness and volume, there is a kick-back feature similar to when pulling control center and notification center quickly up and down.

  • Suzanne

    Tip! Change the order of Safari bookmarks by moving the bookmark icons on the home screen.

  • Lori

    Does anyone know how to shut of group messaging, I can’t stand having to receive everyone’s reply on a text message? I had it shut off before so that my reply only went back to the sender, my settings are the same but since the upgrade it doesn’t seem to really matter because my response still goes back to everyone on the distribution list.

    Also, if you screen shot your group message text why does it send a message to everyone on that distribution list that you did this? Some of the upgrades stink. Apple you really need to correct these. There’s a reason why people set their phones this way.

  • Joseph K

    Multitasking (double-click on Home button) is sideways when clicked in landscape mode.

  • Moi

    In ios 7 gm we have lots of new wallpapers both still and dynamic , and also new ringtones and sounds

    • Moi

      Btw moi is roger and he is me

      • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

        haha . . you got me! Cheers anyways :)

  • Nicholas Osborne

    What does that last update say? Live battery status? Can you explain?

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Now, the battery shows real-time progress on its charging status. both on lockscreen and in status-bar

      :)

      • Nicholas Osborne

        Um… did it not do that before?

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          I dont think so; it used to show full green battery icon with powered-in icon in middle.

          Is it not?

        • Nicholas Osborne

          Yes, you’re right. But, why did Apple remove the glowing lightning bolt when your phone charges?

  • Shameer Mulji

    Great list! I’m not a developer but I’m curious as to how the performance / stability is of iOS 7 since Beta 6?

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Performance – its very good. Stability – I think there are a few issues still pending & needs attention.

      • Shameer Mulji

        Thanks. Good to hear.

  • Levi

    Siri no longer answers the question “where can I hide a body” !!

  • Levi

    Hi

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      hi

  • Levi

    In beta 5 white iPhone now has a black apple and a white background while powering on. also

  • Christopher James Peckham

    Beta 4 dont show last names on texts when texting,just last inital, can you re word that.. lol

  • Nicholas Osborne

    You can dismiss two apps at once in iPad multitasking

  • Nicholas Osborne

    Beta 4— notification center… on today weather view, you can’t ap the information to go straight into the weather app.

    • Nicholas Osborne

      *can tap

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Oops,,, Here, it works fine. Just checked on iPhone5.

  • Nicholas Osborne

    Someone needs to double check this one, but I think it is new. When you set a location-based reminder in Reminders, you can adjust the black pointer forward and backward to adjust the vicinity in which you want your phone to remind you… like instead of 50 feet, you can make it 200.

  • chummel90

    I think if you swipe from right to left in a messages thread, the time stamps appear for each message received. Note: it may only work with iMessages.

    • Nicholas Osborne

      Yes, it works with all messages, and it was released with Beta 2.

  • Nicholas Osborne

    New feature-
    In the App Store, by tapping on the developer’s name, you can access a list of all the apps that they make

  • Nicholas Osborne

    This isn’t a feature,

  • Nicholas Osborne

    This would only be new the iPad—you now have access to the camera from the lock screen and can use it by just swiping up… the same thing as the iPhone version that has been out for a while…
    *this is not the same quick access to the camera as from control center…

  • Stuart Simpkins

    Does anyone know if you can finally leave a group chat with ios 7 could never do it with ios 6

    • Nicholas Osborne

      I’m not able to on my iOS 7 iPhone 5

  • Levi

    There is now a favorites tab in the bookmarks section of safari and there is a speed dial type thing on the new tab page

    • Levi

      147 is a beta 1 feature

  • Levi

    As discovered by 9to5Mac reader RY, Siri will ask for help pronouncing a name if it has trouble understanding you the first time you pronounce a name. In addition, we have found that you can simply say, “That’s not how you pronounce [any name]” and Siri will go through the learning process.

    In that phase, it will ask you to say the name then present a few options of how it thinks you said it. Once you choose an option, it will save and always (try to) correctly pronounce the name.

    • Levi

      thanks 9to5mac

  • mrsneeu

    Point 57 should say “1TB” of space, I think…

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Thanks @mrsneeu:disqus :)

  • Michael Blank

    Estimated Beta Release Cycle of IOS 7.0

    • Beta 2 – Monday, June 24th
    • Beta 3 – Wednesday, July 10th
    • Beta 4 – Thursday, July 25th
    • Beta 5 – Monday, August 12th
    • Beta 6 – Friday, August 30th
    • Gold Master – Tuesday, September 10th
    • iOS 7 Final – Friday, September 20th

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Wow . . that’s called a total timeline Michael. Awesome :)

      • Michael Blank

        Beta 2 came out today, so far My schedule is on track!

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          Indeed it is +1 . Great (Y) – Updating BETA 2 changelog. Let us know if you got some more. Cheers

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          @mwblank:disqus Beta 3 is a day early than your schedule, but very much on-time :)

        • Michael Blank

          Yes, it did come out a little early! :-) can wait to see all the new changes!

    • Nicholas Osborne

      Where’s Beta 4?! I waited all day yesterday for it :( hopefully it does come by Thursday! That would be good.

      • Michael Blank

        Apple was supposed to launch iOS 7 beta 4 to developers later today. That may no longer be the case thanks to the security breach that has shut down the company’s developer center since last Thursday, July 18.

        • Nicholas Osborne

          Yeah, I know. I mean, what were the hackers thinking? :(

  • Levi

    I’m pretty sure that apps update by only downloading the changed files instead of the whole app. Can someone else confirm?

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Great point indeed. Its highly needed. Not confirmed but I guess, auto updating apps only makes more sense if the update is only downloading changed piece . . . Like Smart App Updates work on Android.

      • Levi

        I am pretty that ios 7 does have smart app updates. Because I updated GTA 3( 458mb) in 2 minutes. And on a wifi network that struggles to get to 6mb/s that is very fast.

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          That’s a pretty good example. Of course, it would be noticeable with such a large size apps. I will add this into the list. Lets see more tests soon

        • Michael Blank

          Yes, I confirmed, updating apps, with IOS 7.0 installed will only be updated as a “Delta Update”, so only what aspects are changing would ever have to be downloaded. This will save tons of data transfer for sure!

          For example I have one app that is almost 1GB in size, and when the developer even patches a very small single bug as of now, it has to fully re-download the entire app even though the change is most likely not even 1MB worth of change!

          So I am greatly looking forward to IOS 7.0!

  • Nicholas Osborne

    I’m not sure if you have this feature listed, but iOS 7 changes the way you have to choose information… like in clock when choosing a time for an alarm, the way you “scroll” has been changed

  • Nicholas Osborne

    Does anybody have any idea when the iPad iOS 7 beta will release? I surely hope it’s soon! Apple, I think, said it will come “in a few weeks.” I wonder what’s taking it longer? I hope it’s because they’re adding some nice iPad-exclusive features. That would be a nice change from the almost blown up iPhone version we have now on the iPad in iOS 6. Also, the iPad mini needs its own version of iOS, because currently it’s just a shu

  • chummel90

    you can pinch-to-zoom while recording videos now and take screenshots while recording a video.

    • Nicholas Osborne

      Couldn’t you already take screenshots during videos?

      • chummel90

        I don’t think I personally could but I’ve heard it both ways. I’m using an iPhone 4S so maybe the iPhone 5 could do it

  • Nicholas Osborne

    Something you can add… in safari, you can dismiss tabs by swiping to the left instead of pressing the “x”

  • Nicholas Osborne

    For some reason the keyboard keeps changing from white to black to white again… I wish it would just stay! Why does this happen?

    • Levi

      Probably because it in still in beta. Give it some time

  • Levi

    A blue dot now shows up next to an app on the home screen when it needs on be updated

  • Ori Kushnir

    When will Beta 1 expire?

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Not until 2 weeks from now… is what I guess. btw, welcome back :)

      • Nicholas Osborne

        I hope it’s soon. I have a lot of crashes and slow activity in beta 1!

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          Indeed. Which device are you on? You can try switching `Reduce Motion` to get rid of some sluggishness though…

        • Nicholas Osborne

          I’m using the iPhone 5, Apple’s latest and greatest ^_^ and I thought about reducing motion, but that would mean getting rid of one of the cool new features :) I guess I can wait for the next beta! I’m sure Apple will fix all the problems… in time. One of the real problems I have with this new iOS is the keyboard color changes! I use a black phone, so I want a black keyboard ALL the time. But the white one comes and goes with time along with the black one…

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          Yeah, shouldn’t be a problem on iPhone 5. Also – the keyboard issue could be temporary – sure we need to wait for more BETAs. Lot of things still needs to be fixed. Hehe :)

        • Levi

          where is the reduce motion switch?

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          Under Accessibility

        • Levi

          Thanks.

      • Ori Kushnir

        Thank you :)
        Don’t you have the exact date?

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          No . . not yet .

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Beta 1 expires on July 24th is what I hear. We might see Beta 2 a week or two prior to this date.

      • Ori Kushnir

        Cool, thanks.

  • Levi

    Tushar where are you finding this trust store?

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Its under the Settings app – bottom.

      • Levi

        I found it. It is under general and about. There is a link that says

  • Levi

    IOS 7 can download 3 apps simultaneously

  • Michael Blank

    Would you please consider taking a very in depth look at Mail and Messages.

    Look into all the settings of each app, and all features, and all buttons and options.

    I am really interested in any and all new updated features/options.

    Big thanks!

    For example, does mail support colored fonts, or different sized fonts, or different styled fonts yet?

    Does mail accept HTML signatures yet, and or does it accept images as part of a signature.

    Does messages support different bubble colors, or images of the person you are texting like it does in OSX 10.8.

    There are just some of my questions, and again thank you all for your help on this, and for your time to take a very detailed review and digging into every corner for me! :-)

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      We will keep them updated. Stay tuned Michael . Gr8 to see you again . . .:)

      • Michael Blank

        Good to be back Tushar!

        • Levi

          Ios allows bold, italics and underline in mail

        • Michael Blank

          Thanks Levi, however this was a IOS 6.0 feature at least if I remember correctly.

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          @disqus_k45PmXUTdu:disqus & @mwblank:disqus – Yes, its available since iOS 6 :)

  • Levi

    Maps in 3d mode zoomed all of the way now shows what part of the world is night time

  • Levi

    also did any of you do any java script benchmarks and the html5 test?

    • Levi

      because i do not have ios 7 yet

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Not yet, but very soon. Do let us know if you do it before… :)

      • Levi

        I wish I did because i am now on iOS 7 :(

  • Levi

    does anybody have any direct download links? because i can find torrent files but i never get more than 5k/bs?

  • Jesse Marino

    Slide to Unlock is still the same as it was before, from left to right. Please fix this.

  • Hrushikesh Ghatpande

    Tell me one feature which is not existing on other platforms like Android / BB / WebOS! And they call it “all-new”!

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      All-new is a relative term. . . & there is a reason why I won’t mind calling it so. Will share in details later.

      • Hrushikesh Ghatpande

        I’m talking about Apple. Even I wouldn’t mind calling it anything. But Apple has the wrong definitions of “innovation”.

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          I will have to agree, but in general , I think Android fan-boys are targeting on Apple out of no real benefit. I use Android too, but that does not mean, I MUST fire at Apple – just for the sake of iOS not being as flexible.

          At the end of the day – Its about the money people pay for these devices & what they get from it. If they still decide to pay Apple or to Android device manufacturer; there is no need to hammer other for it.

          Its about the business they do – not a non-profit organization. Plain and simple.

        • Hrushikesh Ghatpande

          I agree with your viewpoint. However, talking of flexibility, I don’t think its as flexible as android in particular. Pretty evident from the lack of homescreenson iOS.

        • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

          Android is the most-flexible – thats what I meant above. :)

  • GSLSASMS

    Why does this say that it only supports the iPhone 5 and not the 4S and below? It is compatible with the iPhone 4 and up… Also, there is no quick reply for messages as of yet. That is OS X 10.9 only.

  • BrawlBro1

    Why do I have a feeling that they only implemented 100+ features? When they implemented 200+ features they say it, but this time they never mentioned anything about on how many features iOS 7 has.

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      200+ features were mostly with little tweaks in each app. Now since they have completely changed default UI for all the apps – either we should skip them completely from listing OR; we may end up with a list of 2000+ items . . it would be like logging Apple’s development worksheet. haha :)

      Lets see how many we all manage to list… keep them coming.

  • Levi

    Thanks tushar! When I saw that iOS 7 was announced I went straight to find your list!

    • http://techzoom.org/ TechZoom

      Thanks Levi . . . great to see you here again. :)

      • Levi

        glad to be back