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iOS 7 release comes with some new hidden features

by Published: Sep 25, 2013

The new release of iOS 7 ush­ers in a new era in iPhones, whether with the new 5S and 5C, or sim­ply with the refresh­ing of older models.

Everyone has surely got­ten famil­iar with a few of the new fea­tures, such as the noti­fi­ca­tion cen­ter, with its short­cuts to a flash­light, cal­cu­la­tor, clock, and cam­era. Besides these, there are some other, less overt new addi­tions that greatly improve the smart­phone experience.

• If you’re feel­ing a bit neu­rotic about that text that hasn’t been replied to yet, swipe left on a text mes­sage to find out the pre­cise time a mes­sage came or went.

• If you need a bub­ble level to put some­thing on the wall, use the Compass app with its new built-in bub­ble level.

• Be sure to turn on auto­matic appli­ca­tion updates. They’ll make it so you no longer have to man­u­ally update apps when needed — a fea­ture Apple has finally lifted from Android.

• Teach Siri how to pro­nounce your friend’s unique last name by say­ing “that’s not how you pro­nounce that” after she says it incorrectly.

• Folders now have no limit on how many appli­ca­tions can be placed inside them, help­ing those who want a sin­gle, clean home page.

• If you’re espe­cially fond of pri­vacy, be sure to limit ad track­ing under privacy.

With these new fea­tures, the expe­ri­ence of iOS 7 will hope­fully be improved, espe­cially for those who dealt with the has­sle of installing the update in the first place. ///