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Best of all, it's free. Just prepare to put up with some ads, unless you subscribe to Apple's iTunes Match for $25 a year.
Meanwhile, you might qualify for some free apps -- Pages for word processing, Numbers for spreadsheets, Keynote for presentations, iPhoto for photo editing and iMovie for movie editing. They usually cost $5 or $10 each. To qualify, you need to buy a new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The offer is retroactive to Sept. 1. Once a new device is activated, the app can be downloaded for free to other devices on the same account, as long as the device is upgraded to iOS 7.
TIP FIVE: FINGERPRINTING
With the new fingerprint ID system on the iPhone 5S, there's no longer a reason to avoid protecting your phone with a passcode. I know passcodes can be very disruptive. I've often lost my train of thought before I could get to an app to jot something down. But your fingerprint now bypasses the need to type in a four-digit code in many situations.
It's easy to set up. The iPhone will walk you through scanning one finger when you set up the phone. You can scan four more fingers -- yours or someone else's -- by going to the settings. Go to "General," then "Passcode & Fingerprint."
I'm still confronted with passcode screens, especially when I need to authenticate an app purchase. It took me a few days to realize that even though you're asked for a passcode, the fingerprint usually works unless the phone specifically tells you otherwise.
One more thing: The screen needs to be on for the fingerprint sensor to work. To save a step, just press on the home button firmly and let the button pop back up. But keep your finger lightly touching the button's surface. The hard press will activate the screen, and the light touch will unlock the phone.
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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 :(