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If you've been using an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch since before iOS7 was released, you're probably interested in finding out exactly what's new in this latest version of the operating system. Here's a quick run down of some of the newest features and where you can find information about them in this course. Probably one of the most useful new features is Control Center. One swipe up from the bottom of the screen, gives you quick access to a collection of some of the most commonly used settings and tools on your device, all from a central location. I cover Control Center in its own movie in chapter one. Notification Center has been re-tooled in iOS 7.
You can still open it by swiping down from the top of the screen, but now your notifications are organized by tabs, so you can quickly see the notifications pertaining to the current day, all of your notifications, or just missed notifications. I cover this in chapter one as well. The way multi-tasking and app switching is handled has also seen a major change. You still double click the home button to open the multitasking view. But now you see thumbnails of each app in the state you last left it. You can tap either the thumbnail or the app icon to jump to that app. Quitting apps from the multitasking view now only requires that you swipe up on the thumbnail.
More information can be found in chapter one. The camera app has gained a new look, as well as some new capabilities. You can now swipe horizontally to switch between the regular still photo mode to modes like panoramic and the square dimension. You can also apply live effects filters while you're shooting to see exactly what the shot will look like. And the camera app on the iPhone 5S includes a slow motion mode for capturing high frame rate video. Closely related to the camera app is the photos app, which has also seen a signifigant redesign. You can now browse your photos by collections that are automatically organized by location and date.
Holding your finger down on a thumbnail, and sliding around, lets you quickly browse through your photos to find the one you're looking for. And creating a shared photo stream is easier in iOS 7. You'll see all of these camera and photo features and more in action in chapter eight. Browsing the web in Safari is another new experience in iOS 7. The search and address bar in Safari have been unified into a single field, so you can type in exact web address or a search trim into the same field to find what you're looking for. The interface minimizes when you browse, giving more room to the content you're reading. Unlike in previous versions of iOS 6, you're no longer limited to just eight open pages or tabs.
In iOS 7, you can open as many new pages as you like. And in addition to being able to autofill your contact information and store your passwords, Safari can now autofill your credit card information, making it easier to make online purchases. If you're a music fan, you'll definitely want to open the music app and try out iTunes Radio. A free streaming internet radio service, where you can listen to stations in any genre or listen to specialty stations programmed by Apple and celebrity artists or even create your own collection of stations. See chapter seven for the low-down on iTunes Radio. The phone app on the iPhone now includes the ability to block specific numbers from being able to call or text message you.
That's covered in chapter four. And Siri, iOS 7's built-in voice-commanded virtual assistant, has learned some new skills, including the ability read your emails to you as well as allowing you to dictate emails by voice. See chapter 16. If you have an iPhone 5s, you have the first iPhone to include a fingerprint sensor built into the home button. Used in conjunction with a feature called Touch ID, you can now just touch a finger to the home button to perform tasks like unlocking your phone or authorizing purchases from the App Store. I cover Touch ID in chapter one. And that's just a brief rundown of some of the key new features of iOS 7.
We'll cover a lot more in the upcoming movies and chapters.
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