As we've been with iOS 7 beta for quite a few days, we found a bunch of surprises hidden within iOS 7 and new ways of doing things. The features included in this post may help you better use iOS 7 beta on your Apple devices.
A promising feature of the upcoming iOS 7 is the automatic app updating, as it costs a lot of time if we update apps manually. The auto update saves us time greatly. To enable the auto update you need:
To turn off automatic updating for your apps, tap the toggle to OFF, which will change the toggle from a bright green to a pure white.
It's a little tricky to see words on those tiny iPhone screens. Dynamic Type will let any application that supports the feature to adjust the font size in the app to better match what works best for you. Below is how to access and change the settings for Dynamic Type in iOS 7 beta.
Any apps that support Dynamic Type will "adjust to your preferred reading size below. Next time you use Mail, iBooks, or others that support Dynamic type, the font will be large enough (or small enough) to fit your own personal preferences.
In previous versions of iOS, the date and time stamps of iMessages you sent and received were printed right in the app. While in iOS 7, you cannot see what time those messages came in or were sent, instead you can see a time stamp for every message in the Messages app. To see when you sent or received those iMessages:
Then you can know when you sent that special message, or got that special picture from whom.
iOS 7 provides a new way to handle multitasking. In iOS 6, a double click on the Home button on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch brings up a multitasking bar. On iPhone and iPod touch, it only works in Portrait mode. On the iPad, it works in both Portrait and Landscape screen orientations.
That's the same in iOS 7, but the visual look of the multitasking system is quite different. Instead of a small bar sliding up from the bottom, you get full previews of each app in the multitasking list. You can swipe left and right to move between apps.
You must have already seen the compass in iOS 6. iOS 7 adds a level function within the Compass app on the iPhone. Here's how to find and use the compass and level app.
The level function in the Compass app is much more interesting. Once in the Compass app, swipe to the left to get a surprisingly art-deco styled level. To measure the level of any object, place the edge of the iPhone on the surface of the object, either in portrait or landscape orientation. There will be two white circles on a field of black while the object is out of true, but the display will go green when the angle is zero.