Apple's new iPhones and iOS 7 operating system for mobile devices are packed with new features, although not of all them are readily apparent. I've had a chance to learn a few tricks in the week I spent with both the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s, which come with iOS 7 installed.
Here are five things to know if you download the software on one of Apple's older mobile devices starting Wednesday or buy a new iPhone starting Friday. The update is available for free for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 models, the iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini and the iPod Touch released last year. You'll need about 3 gigabytes of free storage .
TIP ONE: CONTROL CENTER AND SWIPES
Many of the improvements added to iOS 7 are delivered after swiping from various edges of the screen. This redesign is meant to make it easier to navigate, but there is no guide for knowing when and how to swipe. Fortunately, you can still use an iPhone the traditional way, by tapping on an icon or button, even if you don't learn all the new ways to swipe.
As a general rule of thumb, keep swiping from various edges to see what happens. If you discover something neat, remember it for next time. Swiping may produce different results if you're in the lock screen, the home screen or an app.
Here's a guide to the basic swipes:
- From the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom right corner to access the camera. This is a holdover from iOS 6.
- Whether locked or unlocked, swipe up from anywhere else along the bottom edge to get the Control Center. It gives you easy access to frequently accessed settings such as Airplane Mode and Wi-Fi . It also gets you to key apps such as the flashlight feature and the clock, for timing how long the turkey needs to be in the oven. There's a volume control, but only for audio and video playback. You need the volume buttons for the ringer and alerts.
- Swipe down from the top edge to get the Notification Center. You'll see the day's highlights, including the weather, appointments and stock quotes. Tap on "All" or "Missed" near the top to get recent notifications from Gmail, Facebook and other services. (continued...)
© 2013 Associated Press/AP Online under contract with YellowBrix. All rights reserved.
Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 9:35pm PT
I'm confused about how to work the calendar!
Posted: 2013-09-27 @ 6:31pm PT
I want my weather display back to the notification center!!!!! Other then that, amazing. Some issues but overall amazing.
Posted: 2013-09-27 @ 8:50am PT
I also want ios6 back. ios7 is rubbish.
Posted: 2013-09-27 @ 5:26am PT
I love love love love the new iOS and everyone I know that has it loves it as well. Haters gonna hate.
Posted: 2013-09-25 @ 3:45pm PT
I want my ios6 back...this iOS 7 sucks...Apple, shame on you.
Posted: 2013-09-25 @ 6:34am PT
Our favorite tip?
When browsing Safari simply tap the bottom of the screen to bring the back navigation menu as described here: http://theipaddict.com/ios-7-safari-touch-gesture-tips/
Posted: 2013-09-24 @ 10:32am PT
I like the new look, but I can't listen to my voice mail now - seems to be a lot of little gliches. Just get them fixed with a new download and I will be happy!
Posted: 2013-09-24 @ 6:49am PT
I think it's amazing and love the new features I've read about. Now if I can put them into practice. Thanks, Apple!
Posted: 2013-09-23 @ 9:49pm PT
Hate ios7, drains your battery, glitches, wallpapers are blurry, just everything. Wish I could downgrade.
Posted: 2013-09-23 @ 1:17pm PT
Crap screen icons colour, totally bad.
I wish there is a switch in IOS7 to have traditional Apple iphone classic user interface back, a good name for this is called classic mode.
Posted: 2013-09-23 @ 8:00am PT
Posted: 2013-09-23 @ 7:23am PT
While there are features on the new op system that are neat, I still like the older system. Too bad Big Brother didn't give us the option to pick the one we liked. Are we going back to Henry Ford - 'Any color you want as long as it's black'?
Posted: 2013-09-23 @ 3:05am PT
Completely sucks, can't find anything. It has shuffled all my apps about and dont like it! Horrible screen pics and look. Bring back IOS 6!
Posted: 2013-09-23 @ 2:27am PT
Tip. If using the crossword solver app, you will have to re-download a dictionary after installing IOS 7. An irritation, but easy to do.
Posted: 2013-09-22 @ 8:25pm PT
It sucks for the frequent calendar users as it is less clear. I would love to have my old calendar back :(