Your iOS 7 cheat sheet

By Kirstin Buick
19 September 2013

iOS 7 is finally available and you’ve taken the plunge and upgraded – but it all looks a little different. Has Apple’s new look left you a bit lost? Here’s your five-minute guide to the basics of your new operating system.

Upgrading

If you’re not quite sure about how to get iOS 7 on your device, you have two options. First, you can connect your device to your computer and update via iTunes. In iTunes, click the button on the top right that says iPhone, iPad or iPod. Click on “Check for update” and then follow the prompts. Or, you can update directly on your device when connected to Wi-Fi. Go to Settings, General, and Software Update, follow the prompts. Apple users have reported experiencing issues with both methods, so if one fails, give the other a go. If you keep having problems updating (although these should taper off as the Apple servers become less overloaded), go to www.apple.com/support.com. For a list of things you need to do before updating, go here.

From the new lock screen . . .

While it does still say “slide to unlock” at the bottom of your screen, swiping to the right anywhere on your screen will unlock the device. But before you unlock . . .

&You can still slide your finger up on the right-hand side to access your camera.

&Slide your finger downwards from the middle to bring down the new notification centre (no need to unlock first). Here you can see the weather, your calendar, reminders and other notifications. The notification centre also features new tabs at the top ? Today, All and Missed ? which allow you to specify which notifications you want to see; no need to unlock first in either case.

&Slide your finger up from the bottom to access Apple’s new “Control Centre”. Here (depending on your device) you can turn airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Orientation Lock on or off. You can adjust brightness, turn music on or off, flip between songs, access your clock, torch, calculator, camera, volume and a new feature called Airplay, which will allow you to sync your display with an Apple TV wirelessly.

From the home screen . . .

On the new home screen you’ll be greeted by a number of interesting (colourful!) new icons. Here’s our simple decoder, so you can find what you’re looking for without the fuss:

An iPhone 4 running iOS 6 (left) compared with iOS 7 (right)

In an app . . .

Many of the pre-loaded apps, such as the calendar or settings have increased functionality by allowing you to swipe from the left of your screen to the right to take you back to the previous screen. On iPhone, for example, from your Bluetooth settings you can swipe to the right to go back to the main settings menu.

The built-in apps that have had the biggest overhaul are Photos (with a new organisation system), Reminders (with new colour-coded lists, which can be synced to both your iCloud and Exchange) and the Calendar (which is going to take some fiddling before you get used to it). For a full walk-through of these apps, and other useful tips and explanations, watch this:

-Kirstin Buick

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