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As folks continue to dig through the first beta of iOS 7 that Apple seeded to developers last week, more details regarding the all-new OS continue to surface. Today, hidden settings have been discovered in the software with new gesture, multitasking and folder options.

The existence of these settings seems to suggest that Apple is testing a couple of unannounced features in the beta, including system-wide gestures like edge swipes and corner swipes, and the ability to both hide pre-installed apps and create folders within folders…


The discovery was made by Hamza Sood, who has created a video walkthrough of some of the secret iOS 7 settings for 9to5Mac. It’s not clear exactly how Sood was able to access the hidden menu, but we do know that the settings are not readily available to iOS users.

In addition to the aforementioned settings, other options in the secret menu include Blur Folder Icon, Blur Folder Background, Blur Newsstand, and several sliders and toggles that allow you to customize app icons. You can also adjust the speed of iOS animations.

Don’t get too excited though. As Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac points out, it’s very likely that these settings will continue to stay internal and will not be present in the public release of iOS 7 this fall. Still, sometimes it’s just cool to get a glimpse under the black cloak.

  • Nihas Nebas

    feels like im on a jailbroken iphone…

    • Jamie Tilden

      Do you know how to get to these settings?

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      I would luv if I could switch the home button for another function and use a zephyr like gesture for switching apps.

      • sambuzzlight

        Yessss! but now they got control center for swipe up from anywhere… 🙁

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Its not that bad, just wish Apple would give us some activator type options for advanced iOS users. So we can swipe, pin, open, etc the way we what to.

  • RarestName

    Isi it like the developer options on Android?

    • milksop held

      I really think that’s very unlikely

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Right. It’s nowhere near as robust as Android.

    • Kartik Dhawan

      Yeah they are…

      But this one has dozens of options O.0

      • milksop held

        In a way but android has more functional settings these a more ui and animations settings

      • Kartik Dhawan


  • Don’t wannatell

    If we can change its look to iOS 6 and have all its amazing features, it will be awesome. Honestly, I have used iOS 7 for 1 week then I returned to iOS 6 because iOS 7 UI is too bright. I wonder how it works with black iPhone.

    • a3yu

      simply beautiful except for icons

      • Don’t wannatell

        Agree. Apple should consider changing its icons. And please provide us freedom to change the UI look especially Setting, it is really really white.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Thank you. I feel the same way. Maybe a Colours pick? Maybe dependent on iPhone Colours? Maybe?

    • iBanks

      Should have tried the inverted colors. The orange on blank is sick.

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        I had it turned on in accessibilty, was scrolling the settings and said “wow, this is hot”. Then I got to the home screen… 🙁 But you’re right, that would be awesome.

    • BoardDWorld

      I found it too bright too, but I turned the brightness down… Saves battery.

    • Parth Bhatt

      how to downlode ios 7
      please reply

      • Stijn

        Google ios 7 download and just install it

    • marcus1324

      Yeah I also agree, I love every feature on iOS 7 and it almost eliminates the need for jailbreak. The only reason I am going to be jailbreaking now is for WinterBoard and theming. The icons are horrible I think that the new white design and simpleness is really bad though.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    I welcome these features… hoping there’s more to come in the next iteration of iOS..

    • Yunsar

      Mohammad bro I don’t think that this is something for the public. This just internally for apple to modify. On the post it says it required some tweaking.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        Thank you. I didn’t read that. At least we know its out there. And from the video and probably more like this we will find jailbreaks bringing these menus to us sooner or latter. It obviously looks much more in depth than any jailbreak I’ve seen. Given it is a new is or expanded iOS.

      • Yunsar

        It reminds me of springtomize

      • Mohammad Ridwan


  • Maxim∑

    Every day people are finding something cool and new for iOS 7. It’s amazing that they could do all this in 5 months. No wonder some parts seem unfinished

  • Atikur Rahman

    This looks a little suspect..firstly Sood did not divulge how to access this menu, and second, look closely at the settings icons – tigger for lockscreen? A Burger for App Slider? Lastly, the control centre icon is not the same as in normal settings, and shouldn’t ‘CarDisplay’ be ‘iOS in Car’..?
    I hope this is real but until someone credible confirms, i will take this with a grain of salt..

    • SimonReidy

      Good observations. Also, why would Apple go to the trouble of building in hidden toggles for advanced visual settings, if they don’t intend for users to access them?

      • Leviscus Tempris

        For beta testing and themselves. As a game developer I know it is much easier to build a menu for quick editing rather than coding in values and rebuilding the iOS.

        Edit: that and many people can submit their combinations and they can determine which is the best out if the bunch.

    • rogifan

      I’ve noticed in some of the settings screen shots that the app icons must be placeholders. Some of the icons are iOS 6 icons. I would expect that to be cleaned up before iOS 7 is released.

    • Palmer Paul

      Internally, Apple might use short hand names for these features, such as “CarDisplay” for iOS in the Car. The App Slider has a picture of a slider (a small hamburger), which would also make sense, as the user is not supposed to see this menu. I don’t have an explanation for the Tigger and shaved head for Lock Screen and Screen Fade Animation respectively, however I am sure that they are some sort of inside joke between the Apple iOS developers (not the app devs).

    • iosPixel

      Its real, I imagine the shaved is a joke on someones haircut or fade. Brilliant.

  • If someone finds out how this works, that would be so great to test !!
    I thought about these “prefs:root=Xxxxx” we used in iOS5 … idon’t know if this still works on iOS7 or not…

  • Shrey Gupta

    Can anyone tell me how can i access these setting? Going over the settings menu again and again but i am not able to find these.

    • Leviscus Tempris

      Have you seen this elsewhere? I haven’t. I hope this isn’t some sort of hoax. I’d really live these advanced features. They seem a but off though if they exist. Sure it’s a beta but are they there?

      • Palmer Paul

        9to5Mac doesn’t really lie…

  • Brúnó Nagy

    how to envoke it?

  • Adam Paulik

    Multitasking gesture > edge swipe = Zephyr ???

    • Leviscus Tempris

      Maybe. I’ll be interested in seeing this polished in the next release of iOS 7 or the final release. They really took to the jailbreak community with this update! I’m impressed that they are stepping so far outside their normal comfort zone here.

  • smith288

    If they are settings then they could possibly be in a plist somewhere to adjust using the backup tweak method (backup, open the backup, tweak the file, restore from that backup).

    • Leviscus Tempris

      I like your concept. Maybe an iCloud backup method also?

  • Yunsar

    iOS 7 has a few new features in Accessibility which are pretty big. For example, it lets you choose the size and font of video subtitles. Also, switch control let’s you control the screen by pressing buttons on your headset, or just by tilting your head!

  • Ryan James Christensen

    How do you get to this menu? I would like to see it

  • David Fabian

    It would be nice if they do allow adjustment of the animation speeds in the final release (long shot, I know). I use %HooksLaw on iOS 6 now, and I’m kind of addicted to the faster animations now.

  • Gorgonphone

    omg if the give the option to adjust the UI tint and color density this will be huge..

  • Andyxyoona

    to all those who believe this is a fake. this is real!! although I have no evidence now, I did manage to find a picture of tigger and a hamburger when browsing through iOS7’s Root Filesystem

    • Ian

      can you tell me where?

      • Andyxyoona

        It’s in Springboard.app
        and you see really random images there

      • Bing Beta

        i found that too

      • Ryan James Christensen

        how did you do it?

      • Bing Beta

        patching afc2

      • Yanni

        How do you do that? What is afc2

      • Bing Beta

        Find out what afc2 is and come back to me maybe ill tell you

      • Ryan James Christensen

        afc2 gives you access to the iphone’s entire filesystem. it’s an extension to afc and gives you complete access to the iphone’s filesystem

      • Ryan James Christensen

        so I know how to patch afc2, but where is the file? I can’t find the Lockdown folder in System/Library/

        and I’m using the Xcode SDK to do all of this

      • Yanni

        Got it! Its the apple file connection

      • Yanni

        How do you go into the filesystem with the ios 7 sdk and see the files without jailbreaking?

      • Keyan Fayaz

        click show packages

      • Ryan James Christensen

        I’m sorry but where do I click show packages?

      • Keyan Fayaz

        On XCode

      • Ryan James Christensen

        Thanks. And I can’t figure out where to patch acf. I can’t find the Lockdown folder.

      • Ian

        Thanks 🙂

      • Guntik8

        Can you tell me how to even get into springboard.app

  • Mac_Guy

    You can find these settings using the Simulator with iOS 7’s SDK. If you go through the IPSW you’ll find the Springboard folder.

    • Yanni

      How do ou do this exactly? I have ios simulator and ios 7 sdk but how do you look into the ipsw?

      • Mac_Guy


        Why do you have a Developer account that’s $99/year and can’t figure that out?

      • Ryan James Christensen

        Don’t you just click show package contents?

      • Mac_Guy

        Yes but I guess some people can’t use common sense

      • Ryan James Christensen

        I actually just tried the package contents, and there was no option. I tried unarchiving it and it showed some folders and a few DMG files that I can’t open.

      • Ethan Thomas

        I’ve been looking here here for a day now and all I find is the image files no strings or .plists for internal settings or not even a bundle…Can you be a little more clear?

  • Andyxyoona

    I wonder how he got DisplayRecorder without being Jailbroken -___-

    • Kartik Dhawan

      Was wondering the same… -________-

  • Johnathan_Ive

    iOS 7 is the biggest step we have taken, and is the best step we have taken.
    We really hope you like it.

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  • iGemini

    Why not just make a live compass on safari like the clock? No need for 2 of them.

  • this is fake for sure, we are an iPhone app development company and we tried all the ways and there isn’t a shortcut to these settings, only by jailbreaking!

    • James

      you are wrong

      • Ok, the. prove it. How do you access these settings?

  • CPVideoMaker101

    I have this on my iPhone 4