A comprehensive list of iOS 7 features

By , Sep 18, 2013

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Since it was unveiled on June 10, 2013, iOS 7 has seen six beta and one final GM releases before it was made available to the general public today. If the overall look and feel of iOS 7 hasn’t changed much since Apple first demo’d it on stage during WWDC, the mobile operating system has been constantly improved on with the usual “bug fixes and stability enhancements,” but most importantly with new features.

These new iOS 7 features are sometimes obvious, but often very subtle. Over the course of the last three months, we’ve made it our mission to build a list of features that are new to iOS 7. It is not an exhaustive list, but this is probably as comprehensive as it gets. If you want to know all iOS 7 can do for you, you’ve come to the right place…

Note that we didn’t necessarily focus on the design aspect of things in iOS 7, but rather on features. This means that we didn’t list every new design element.

These new features are sorted by application. For a complete list of what was new in every beta release, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the applicable beta release.

App Store

  • A closer look at the App Store app in iOS 7
  • Add apps to a Wish List
  • You can search your previously purchased apps by name
  • Tap the screenshot preview of an app to get a full screen screenshots of it
  • Apps can be updated automatically in the background (can be turned off in Settings > iTunes & App Stores)
  • You can see popular apps “Near Me”
  • You are now asked if you want to download an app if it is over 59MB
  • New icon animations when downloading an app
  • You can now use apps while they’re updating

Camera

Clock

  • The app icon now shows the current time
  • When setting a timer, remaining time appears on Lock screen
  • When alarm is snoozed, remaining snooze time appears on Lock screen
  • In World Clock, tap on a clock to display digital clocks

Compass

  • The app has a new calibration system
  • The app now features a level as well

Contacts

  • When editing a contact, you can now add date, social profile, or instant message handle
  • A contact now shows icons for Messages, Phone, FaceTime, FaceTime audio or email

Control Center

FaceTime

Lock screen

  • A brand new Lock screen
  • You can pull down to bring Notification Center
  • You can swipe up to bring Control Center
  • Charging icon is now showing up for a few seconds when first plugged in
  • You can Slide to Unlock from everywhere on the Lock screen
  • Lock screen fades in as you hit the Home or Power buttons
  • Lock screen fades out after 10 seconds of inactivity

Mail

Maps

  • Maps app has a night view
  • Turn-by-turn walking directions
  • Maps bookmark syncing
  • Night mode
  • Pin in Maps app now shows estimated driving time to location

Messages

  • A closer look at Messages in iOS 7
  • See Messages timestamps by swiping left
  • Messages app now opens to conversation list instead of opening to unread message
  • Double tap and hold a message to copy, delete, clear all, or select to forward
  • “Contact” button at the top of a conversation now makes it easy to access additional contact info
  • Long MMS support
  • You can block senders

Multitasking

  • Flick an app screenshot up to close
  • Flick up up to three apps to close
  • Multitasking works in landscape mode

Music

  • Complete app redesign
  • iTunes Radio
  • Landscape mode now shows a tile view of your albums (no more cover flow)
  • Better Lock screen controls
  • You can skip up to 6 songs on iTunes Radio before hearing an ad
  • Tap on album cover in Music app to rate a song

Notification Center

  • A new Notification Center
  • Context-based alerts
  • Notification Center works in landscape mode
  • NC now has 3 tabs: Today, All, and Missed
  • You can now swipe between Today – All – Missed views in Notification Center
  • Notification sync

Passbook

  • You can share passes via email or Messages
  • Scan to acquire Passbook passes

Photos

  • The Map view is gone
  • Screenshots aren’t pushed to Photo Stream anymore
  • Photo collections
  • You can now see Shared Streams activity
  • A new tab for Videos has been added

Phone

  • You can block callers
  • Photos are showed for your Favorites
  • On the keypad, pressing “Call” will call the last dialed number

Reminders

  • Search bar in Reminders
  • A new card-like view

Safari

  • An all new mobile Safari
  • Full-screen interface
  • Unified smart search field
  • New layout for your Favorites
  • New tab view
  • Swipe tabs to the left to close them
  • Parental controls
  • Swipe left and right to navigate back and forward
  • Easy access to Private Browsing mode
  • Saved Passwords for Safari now ask you want to setup an on-device password

Settings

  • In Cellular, you can see cellular data used per app
  • In General > Text Size, you can change text size of apps that support the feature

 Siri

Other

What’s new in each beta release?

If there are any features you think should be added to this list, please feel free to leave a comment or send us an email at tips@iDownloadBlog.com

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  • Jonathan

    Ain’t nobody got time for dat! Time to use iOS 7!

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      Then don’t waste time writing a comment here, go play with iOS 7 :)

      • Jonathan

        Way ahead of ya!

    • VinitJasoliya

      You can also get mirror links for iOS 7 here: www . is . gd / ios7final

      (Remove the spaces)

      • Jonathan

        I’ve had iOS 7 since beta 1, and I have GM already, thanks though.

      • veda99

        this post helps as guide to people who do know much about iOS7! Its a nice post!

  • Matthew Lewis

    I found one! While you’re in the messages app, you can swipe to the left to revel time stamps! :)

    • richrich

      I discovered that a couple of days ago too, didn’t see anybody mentioning it

    • alfonso hall

      You can also add a lunch date or meeting to the calendar if the time is numerical “12:30″

      • ConduciveMammal

        Even works with generic terms like “tomorrow” or “tonight” and even with locations.

      • alfonso hall

        It’s the small things that count. “That’s what she said” lol

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      We reported about that weeks ago. This feature is also #2 on the Messages app section of this post

    • Mysteroy3k

      He mentioned that

  • Sash G

    Lol nothing special. All features pretty much already existed on Cydia

    • Glorin

      Jesus Christ… stop that u troll.. Now everybody has them flawlessly..

      • Icy

        Right right when you have no legit counter just use the word troll that always works

    • Mod My Is

      Cydia > Apple. Always has been. Always will be. Anyone with even half a brain knows this.

    • Xorz

      People get mad at the truth.

  • Thomas Flores

    No ios7 for my iPod touch 4. That kinda sucks

  • Filip Zíka

    Shoot photos with live filters – works on 4s too

  • The Berg

    iOS7 should come with sunglasses

  • Chris Holden

    adding folders to the dock is an ios6 feature.. or probably ios5 i dont remember

  • wwian

    When I get 5-columns for icons/ folders, infinite folder contents, and a JB hotspot (Sprint) I’ll install iOS7!

    • Marnix Robyns

      there are infinite folder contents and hotspot unlock

    • Stefano

      Infinite folder content is already implicated

    • wwian

      ok. thx! 1 out of 3. I can wait…

  • James

    Along with the remaining time from the timer showing up on the lock screen is the remaining snooze time for a snoozed alarm.

  • James

    I think Siri has had a lot more improvements than what is listed above.

  • blastingbigairs

    I don’t see TetherMe or Moviebox??? Oh wait….

  • Caio

    iPhone 4S can use live filters in camera app as well!

  • Kenty Chung

    Anybody else missing their unlock sound?

    • Stefano

      It’s hasn’t been present since beta 4

  • Fevostone

    I have iOS 7 gm why can’t I get the update or is this the final iOS 7..? Plz help

    • Luke Mulholland

      Gm is the 7.0 update that everyone is getting. You don’t need to update.

  • Luke Mulholland

    Night mode on maps?! Where?

  • ConduciveMammal

    What’s the use of being able to link contacts? I figured it meant relationships so I linked my entire family to my contact and it just merged everyone’s details with mine. I don’t understand the point of this.

    • alfon_sico

      Link contacts (same as iOS 6) forms merging 2 contacts equals (for example Facebook contact with iCloud contact of the same person)

      Relationship is another field

  • James

    I wonder why some apps weren’t flattened or redesigned much at all, such as Reminders, which has retained its card and letterpress look, and iBooks, which, as far as I can tell, wasn’t redesigned at all.

  • James

    I don’t see my comments here that I left earlier, so I’ll say again…

    I think Siri has had a lot more improvements than what is listed above. Also, along with the remaining time from the timer showing up on the lock screen is the remaining snooze time for a snoozed alarm.

  • Guest

    What is iphone6,2, apple is seeding firmware for that??

  • http://www.soundwrightpro.com/ Duwayne A. Wright

    I can no longer steam music & video from my iTunes account to my iPhone using home share. Why haven’t you covered the features removed?

  • jabohn

    There’s a bunch of stuff not in this list. Reminders has a new tab-like interface. Photos has a new “Collections” view where photos are organized by event, time and place.

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    Why is the download link for ios7 posted here on idb. Can’t people just connect via iTunes and do a fresh install ?

    • Gurudas G

      The apple servers were loaded causing some people to not be able to update. With the file IPSW, you don’t need to wait from what I believe.

  • Carlos Morales

    Quick Reply!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Stefano

      There is no quick reply

  • Ali Nawazish

    What are the changes or what bugs fixed in public version than iOS 7 beta 6 or iOS 7 GM

  • Grande PHD

    The panoramic effect is gone for good! :(

  • Grande PHD

    There is a bug on newsstand for iPad. You can’t use 5 fingers gesture inside the app.

  • Scott Shearon

    What about Bluetooth functionality… Is it still as restricted as before? I want to get all notifications on my Pebble. I have a jailbreak that allows that and I heard that apple was going to be lifting restrictions…

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Lifting restrictions? That’s a pipe dream in the official Apple world…AppStore apps don’t have system wide access to your notifications, so, the pebble app can’t send those via bluetooth…

  • AHA

    I wished for “vibrate when connected” option under (Accessibility) for a long time!
    Is it so hard for apple to do!? :/

  • mubarak

    If I update my ipad 2 to ios 7, can I get whatsaap in my ipad?

  • BHoenes

    One thing I’ve discovered which is a minor tweak that matters to me:

    People are now able to collaborate and share photos to a shared photo stream. Beforehand you could only allow others to like, view and comment on the photos you have uploaded to a stream, now they are allowed to add to the stream as well.

    It’s a minor thing, but it’s a very welcome feature in my eyes which I am glad Apple has added.

  • Christopher Cadigan

    Is anyone else missing burst mode?? My iPhone 5 doesn’t show it anywhere!!