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
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
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
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 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.
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)
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.
iOS 7.1 Beta 2 Changes & Features
New option to enable/disable ‘Car Display’ under Settings > Restrictions
List View is back for Calendar app
System wide (even) faster animations & bounce effect on Control Center tray
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.
Siri can now search on Twitter
Fixes a critical bug where apps won’t update.
iOS 7.1 Beta 3 Changes & Features
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.
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.
Option to disable Parallax effect for home-screen wallpaper — separately from other motions on the OS.
Bold fonts setting under accessibility, now also makes the UI text into bold weight for uniformity.
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.
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.
Little change of text & colors on the two buttons in Music App namely, ‘Repeat A Song’ & ‘Shuffle All’
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
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)
Improvement on TouchID fingerprint recognition
FaceTime notifications sync & clear when the call is answered from other device
Keep pressing the Home button while you still dictating to Siri & release when done
New natural sounding male & female voices for UK English, Australian English & Japanese
Country specific list of holidays is automatically added to the calendar app
Display events in month view
Major improvements on speed performance for iPhone 4
iTunes Radio now includes search above featured stations, buy albums by tapping now playing
(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 – 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.