location today screen ios 7

Alongside the sweeping changes in iOS 7, Apple gave its Notification Center a complete overhaul. It’s been divided into three sections, it no longer sports a linen background, and it’s lost a few features, such as the handy Weather widget.

But it’s also gained some nice features, such as the new ‘Today’ view. The column offers up all kinds of useful information including stock prices, Calendar events, and apparently, traffic information for your frequently visited locations…

MacRumors spotted the largely unknown feature:

“We’ve unearthed additional details about how Today works, including how Apple gathers information to provide traffic details on frequently traveled routes. In the location settings section of iOS 7, there’s a new feature called “Frequent Locations,” which Apple says “suggests locations of interest based on historical location usage.”

So it looks like this ‘Frequent Locations’ thing stores information about places that you have visited multiple times, and the toggle appears in the Location Services section of the Settings app alongside another new location option called ‘Traffic.’

The two data collectors work in tandem to provide you with concise traffic information in the ‘Today’ stream of the Notification Center, such as ‘Right now, it would take you about an hour to get to work.’ It’s unclear, though, what triggers the alerts.

To me, the feature looks very similar to some of the location and other context-based stuff that Google is doing with Google Now. For instance, if you tell Google Now you have a flight coming up, it will check the traffic en-route to your airport for you.

And here’s another cool feature of the Today stream discovered by a MacRumors reader:

ios 7 gotobed

By themselves, these things may seem insignificant. But together they provide evidence that the Today view, and more importantly iOS 7, is a lot smarter than I think anyone thought at first. And it also suggests that Apple has plenty more surprises in store for us.

  • Dady King

    ios7 I’m loving it

    • Bladimir Slavik

      Me too

    • Johnathan Jennings

      I’m not liking the home screen, it almost looks as if it was colored by a child, the Game Center icon is just pathetic. I liked the old notification center a lot more than this one, I want my widgets back!! And Siri.. I guess I’ll have to use the feature before I speak too much about it but I’m not really liking the looks of it so far. Everything else looks fine

      • iBanks

        The icons I believe will be changed by final release. It’s only the beginning.

  • veda99

    Automatic updates are not working as supposed to be..it waits until connected to wifi..! just me or for all…

    • RarestName

      Unless you want to pay for excess data, this seems fine to me.

      • Eric Van Laarhoven

        exactly. I made sure it was off cuz I only get 2GB of data so who cares if it only downloads on wifi. I am sure it will be fixed in future versions if you want to use that feature.

      • veda99

        agreed! was just checking on it..just shows waiting below the app..will be fixed in next beta release!

    • Solowalker

      Sounds like a feature to me. Not all of us are blessed to have unlimited data. 5MB for an update here, 10MB there can really add up if you have a dozen or more updates during the day (happens frequently).

    • NEWYORKMINUTE10

      Same for me but I disabled it.

    • Adham

      Go to Settings > iTunes and App Stores and make sure Use Cellular Data is turned on. Also go to Settings > Cellular and make sure that Cellular Data is turned on for App Store. If it doesn’t work, then nothing you can do about it maybe.

      • veda99

        I did turned on everything..might be a glitch..still happy to accept it as a feature to save data!

    • danuals

      It’s an option at the bottom of iTunes & App Store settings.
      Use mobile data ( for iTunes Match and auto update)

    • Maracas

      Settings>iTunes & App Stores> Use Cellular Data

  • Micaiah Martin

    So is apple waiting till the next beta to put back the twitter and Facebook share widgets?

    • Pramith Fonseka

      I know right? Really miss them.

      • Micaiah Martin

        Made tweets and post like ten times faster!

      • JoelJEstrada

        Yeah. I really miss it too. I’ve been using Siri though. Although there are situations where you won’t want to speak out your tweet

    • Matt Dowdy

      Maybe they’ll reintroduce them with an additional quick compose for messages widget in a later build, that’s just my guess though

  • Willie

    I really love how the notifications seems to interact with you when it says “maybe you should take a rest”

    • Kurt

      I have a game from 2001-ish that would also say the same. It was funny.

  • mav3rick

    Was really looking for a phone to tell when to go to sleep…

  • Omar D. Plumey

    Seems like a battery hog.

    • Many things about the beta eat battery. That cool 3D effect sure isn’t helping. Wish I could turn it off.. Oh well.

      • Adham

        There is an accessibility setting that you can turn on to reduce motion. Give it a try!

      • mrloko

        whats the use of record audio button on the keyboard in ios 7?

      • Martin Dunsmore

        To record an audio clip and send it in a message. This is in iOS6 as well. It’s not new to iOS7.

      • Raul Henriquez

        no thats incorrect

    • Micaiah Martin

      My battery on my 4S lasts longer than it used to on iOS 6.

      • mehrab

        So does mine!

    • Eric Van Laarhoven

      I agree, my battery is draining hella fast

  • Guest

    My two biggest complaints are more UX related than purely design. The first and biggest is that nothing is intuitive any more, nothing comes naturally. A one year old wouldn’t just “get it.”

    The biggest example of this are the unlock and power off sliders. You don’t know what to slide or where to slide it. You don’t know how far to slide it because there is nothing under your finger and no defined beginning and end.

    The second UX issue I’ve got it the inconsistency between iOS and OS X now. I get that they wanted to flatten things, but take Safari and Settings, for example. The icons are no longer the same between desktop and phone, not even close. Not only that, but once you launch safari, it doesn’t “feel” like a browser, and definitely not like Safari. I want my experience to be as similar as possible between all devices, and this redesign messes that up. I work on the web for a living so I’ll adjust, but parents, kids, and regular users? I’m not so sure they’ll get it very well, and that was what made the iPhone so great all this time. There was almost no learning curve. 8 months or 80 years old, you just understood it.

    Oh, and in webview/safari, there is no :active state, so you can’t tell if you’re actually pressing a button in any web based apps or on websites. Some UX experiences were designed around this standard css state.

    I could go on and on about the cartoony design and neon colors and gradients, but that’s just preference. I’m more concerned about usability and consistency across devices.

    • Mustang5Oh

      Unlocking is easy. If you can’t figure it out because of no slider I’m not sure what to tell you. I’ve yet to have an issue with unlocking my device nor has my wife or anyone I know on iOS 7.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        He did say parents and adults would be able to figure it out, but kids won’t. He made a fair point.

    • iBanks

      It’s only the first beta…

  • Ricky

    Cool

  • While I’m still personally not sure how I feel about the icons, I feel that the UX is no longer as easy as “no instructions needed”. I’ve actually found myself trying to figure out how a few things work when usually they are second nature.

    That aside, I am digging the new UI’s look. Very much in fact. Bravo!

  • Guest

    My two biggest complaints about iOS 7 are UX related. The first and biggest is that nothing is intuitive any more, nothing comes naturally. A one year old wouldn’t just “get it.”

    The biggest example of this are the unlock and power off sliders. You don’t know what to slide or where to slide it. You don’t know how far to slide it because there is nothing under your finger and no defined beginning and end.

    The second UX issue I’ve got it the inconsistency between iOS and OS X now. I get that they wanted to flatten things, but take Safari and Settings, for example. The icons are no longer the same between desktop and phone, not even close. Not only that, but once you launch safari, it doesn’t “feel” like a browser, and definitely not like Safari. I want my experience to be as similar as possible between all devices, and this redesign messes that up. I work on the web for a living so I’ll adjust, but parents, kids, and regular users? I’m not so sure they’ll get it very well, and that was what made the iPhone so great all this time. There was almost no learning curve. 8 months or 80 years old, you just understood it.

    Oh, and in webview/safari, there is no :active state, so you can’t tell if you’re actually pressing a button in any web based apps or on websites. Some UX experiences were designed around this standard css state.

    I could go on and on about the cartoony design and neon colors and gradients, but that’s just preference. I’m more concerned about usability and consistency across devices.

  • If you want iOS 7, you do not NEED to be a dev. Simply hold shift (Windows) or opt (OS X) and choose Update within iTunes and select the new firmware. It works.

    Having said that, my device is registered as a dev. 🙂 Just thought I’d help out those that are dying for some 7.

    • Martin Dunsmore

      If you’re UDID isn’t registered you won’t be able to finish the process. It will install fine but you won’t be able to setup the device.

  • Ricky

    The passcodrlock after… Minutes is also not working. Ive waited for like 5 min when i set it to 1 min but thr device isnt lock..

  • Folks, this is a beta. Many things are not going to work as usual and you WILL experience crashes. The price you pay for using a beta as your daily driver.

  • Quang

    Just 1 question: If I use iOS 7 beta from now and make regular backup on my computer, can I use that backup to restore to final iOS 7 when its released this fall?

    • Jeremy Spencer

      The final beta that you will update to will be called the GM version with means it’s the final release, it’s just availbible for devs maybe a week early so they can test there apps so when you update to GM, you won’t need to update until 7.0.1 or something like that.

  • Eschu

    How do u get iOS 7 on a 4s

  • kraigeriginal

    Um, the “Traffic” system location service isn’t new to iOS 7.

  • The Shoonchy 

    Although I think NC is much better and more visually appealing than before,
    What’s with the humongous font size?
    I could see quite fine on the previous font size

  • JoelJEstrada

    I installed ios7 on my girlfriends phone5 (Didn’t want to lose my jailbreak lol)
    One thing I’ve noticed is how quick and acurate Siri is. I’m blown away. She responded to every one of my questions very quickly. Really impressive for the first beta. I hope apple continues to add more functionality and makes Siri more similar to google now. I love google now, but I also love the handiness of Siri and how she is integrated in everything.

    • Kurt

      Does she ever hang and never answer like in iOS 6? Hows the quality of her voice? My grips were she sounded bad, she would freeze and not answer a question, and she is too laggy. Hope to see these resolved.

      • Siddharth Desai

        I still get the old voice.

  • Question

    What’s the “killer feature” in ios 7?

    • mehrab

      It”ll be introduced with the iphone 5s like ios 5 was siri with iphone 4s

  • Eric Mason

    I have a bug with the Notification Center and the “context-based” alerts. I have a meeting at 10am and an event at 11pm and Notification Center says “There are 2 events scheduled and the 1st one starts at 11pm.”

    • Kurt

      tell apple

      • Eric Mason

        Already had submitted when I wrote this. I was just passing on for conversation sake.

      • Kurt

        good man~

  • Tanner Covington

    Anyone else notice there isn’t a spotlight search in the beta?

    • Juhweetwelwie

      You can make a swipe down gesture at any tab to make spotlight show up from the top! :D!

    • Ricardo Martinez

      There is. On the home screen hold and pull down.

    • iBanks

      Lol.

  • disqus_11aQGyZ5kt

    when you swipe down the notification screen on the lock screen it’ll show your messages even if u turn off the preview option

  • afra33

    New notification center in iOS 7 is crap!! Especially the Calendar!!!!

    It shows empty slots almost the whole screen!!!!!

    Just show me the next 3-5 entries, how hard is that???

    And the weather forecast is gone!!!! omg!!!!!

  • Brandon Montville

    Why doesn’t Today View show all day events!?!?!?!? It’s driving me nuts!

  • Falk M.

    Cool, I love me some handy mom features!

    Too bad iOS doesn’t calculate your route for public transport, or does it?
    Cause I’m almost always using the tram and that’d be nice to get info for…

  • EncomCTO

    If you enable “weather” under location services -> privacy you don’t have a weather widget but it will give you the forecast