13 surprise features we’ve discovered in iOS 7 beta

“For those who haven’t seen our collection of 87 screenshots, iOS 7 [beta 1] is a beautiful build,” Dave Smith reports for International Business Times. “Completely redesigned to be more focused and simplified, iOS 7 is the same elegant mobile ecosystem users have grown familiar with, but Apple has reimagined all its first-party apps to be more clean and modern, and has added a boatload of new practical features as well.”

“So while iOS 5 and iOS 6 introduced many important features like the Notification Center and iCloud, iOS 7 perfects these features and adds even more important functions, such as the new Control Center for easy app control and much better multitasking capabilities,” Smith reports. “There’s so much to see and do in iOS 7, but in the 11 days since the iOS 7 beta was released, besides the obvious new features, users have discovered a number of small yet significant changes in iOS 7.”

Here’s but a small sample of the new features users will find in iOS 7:

1. Manual App Updates
2. Landscape Multitasking
3. The Clock [icon] is Alive, But Weather Remains Static
4. Apps Ask To Use Microphone
5. Automatic Day/Night Mode
6. Apple Spins Off FaceTime [standalone app]
7. Dynamic Font Size
8. No More Custom Fonts In Notes
9. Today [in Notification Center] Provides Traffic Info
10. Maps Options
11. Better Music Controls
12. Application Blues And Blueprints
13. Video Zoom

Read all about ’em in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dwayne” for the heads up.]


  1. Apple should also spin off a few other apps to make them independent of hardware and os updates:

    – Apple Mail
    – Reminders

    otherise it becomes a rort to make us upgrade the entire os just to get the latest email program, and forces us to give Apple money for new Mac when our old hardware can’t take the new os.

      1. I think he means make them a separate download like iBooks instead of part of the system update. The idea being that the mail should be able to be updated more frequently with more features.

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