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A large review of iOS 7

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The first beta version of iOS 7 in our hands. We are in a hurry to share all the innovations of the most radical version of the Apple mobile operating system. There will be a lot of scary icons, simple gradients and minimalism, raised to the absolute. And there will be very, very many new features, many of which need to be seen with your own eyes. And maybe not necessary.

Video review iOS 7 Kostya Gribanova

Initial setup of iOS 7

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iOS 7 greets the user with an introductory setup screen after reinstalling the system or completely resetting the data. But the new design is noticeable even earlier - at the time of installing the firmware. The traditional Apple logo has finally become a flat figure, and the progress bar has become thinner.

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And from the very first seconds, Windows Phone comes to mind. The new system font shows itself in all its beauty and different languages, which alternate with a greeting every three to four seconds. By the way, the screen now “falls asleep” gradually - comparable to how it will be if you blink slowly :)

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The initial setup steps are generally similar to those in iOS 6. Choose a Wi-Fi network, enter the password for it, and wait for the device to activate. Optionally, turn on geolocation and accept the Terms and Conditions for using iOS. Reading them again is optional.

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Additionally, you can enable iCloud, log in to your Apple ID account, configure Find My iPhone, and enable the sending of diagnostic data.

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Welcome to iOS 7.

Lock screen in iOS 7

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The screen lock system has undergone a radical change. We say goodbye to the Slide to Unlock slider : now only the corresponding inscription without a background or background takes its place. The background image is no longer applied to the filter blackout or any gradients: as set, and will look. Time has not moved anywhere, and a date is displayed below it.

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When the charger is connected for a short time, the battery charge status is displayed. It then gives way to the standard lock screen. So with the old picture of the green battery, we also say goodbye.

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Right here, under the time, shows a list of the latest notifications from the applications. This list is freely scrolled up and down and contains the program icon, the time and the text of the alert, which is clearly more than a dozen characters. To go to the application from the alert, simply click on it.

The camera is called up with the corresponding icon. To unlock the device, you just need to swipe from left to right anywhere. You can hold to the left, but there is nothing there.

IOS 7 desktop. General changes

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The home screen is considered to be an iOS symbol, and all that remains is a grid of icons. The corners of these icons are now rounded more than before. Color variety plus extreme schematics create a very strange impression. Experienced users will feel uncomfortable and may want to immediately put this disgrace aside.

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And when you try to put it, you will notice a new effect of a volumetric desktop , a la 3D. The screen background and icons change their position depending on the angle of the device. It's not so easy to notice, and even in the Apple commercial, this effect was much more pronounced. It works quite decently, but I wonder if it can be further disabled in the settings to save energy or, conversely, increase the amplitude of movements.

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The status bar now shows the level of signal reception in the form of five points. The name of the operator and the battery charge in percent are rewritten in the system font. The Wi-Fi icon has not changed, but the BT icon has become a little thinner. Finally, the battery icon was extended, like a dachshund, and the charging logo was placed not directly on it, but to the right, in the very corner of the display. The icon itself seems to have disappeared from Android.

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Folders now have a translucent underlay and open up to full screen with an approximation effect, completely hiding the dock and all other applications on the desktop. The editing and renaming system works as before. On one screen, the folder fits 9 applications, but inside you can create several additional pages. Turned over the pages in the same way as those on the desktop.

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Substrate application dock has seriously changed. Instead of a glass shelf, there is a rectangle in the whole program block, blurring the background image. Due to the absence of its own color, the dock adjusts to any background image and therefore practically does not stand out. As before, there can be inserted a total of 4 applications. Folders from the dock open without animation - apparently, it has not yet been thought out.

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Looking ahead, an item for selecting animated wallpaper appeared in Settings. So far there are two generally identical options, very similar to the standard wallpaper in Android 4.0. The difference between the options in color and accents, and small circles move and disappear. The option is curious, but boring. It will be much more interesting if users can buy and download other animated wallpapers. We are waiting in iOS 8.

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Though not immediately, the lack of a zero screen, where the Spotlight search used to be located, catches the eye. It was not removed, just now it is called up with a swipe down the center of the application grid. The line leaves the top panel and takes up ten times less space. I didn’t have a random response. The idea is simple and very relevant, because the top line of the search now is in the absolute majority of iOS applications.

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So the new iOS 7 keyboard appeared. It differs from the old one only in design. But this is enough to distract at first and enter the text more slowly than before. The font of the letters is expected to become thinner, and not to say that it looks better than before. No other changes were found. In different applications, the keyboard has different color schemes: for example, it is dark on the desktop and light in the Calendar. Emoji emoticons have not changed.

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This is how the application icon installed from the App Store looks like. Apparently, Apple thereby hints that she tried very hard to create a new design, and did not open Photoshop and threw simple gradients on the squares with the figures.

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The Clock app now shows the exact time with a moving second hand. After some time, the arrow begins to lag a bit, and so on until the next boot. Explicit bug. The calendar, as before, shows the date of the week and the date.

The built -in voice recorder application has been removed . Apple expects you to find a counterpart in the App Store.

IOS 7 multitasking system

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Apple says full-featured multitasking has appeared in iOS 7. This is not entirely true. The system remains the same: i.e. it is iOS that determines which applications will actually work in the background and which will be suspended. An interesting feature has appeared: the system monitors when you open certain applications and launches them in advance - this speeds up the download of information. For example, the Twitter feed will already be ready to read by the time you wake up. This is not Google Now, but not bad either.

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The new multitasking interface causes mixed feelings. The previous application closure mechanism was very far from perfect - some of us even adapted to pressing 4 icons at a time so as not to knock on the screen for 30 seconds to clear the memory. Now on one screen in portrait mode only three applications fit. To remove them, just swipe your finger up. These are webOS ideas, with no options.

IOS 7 Notification Center

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As before, it is called downwards from the top of the screen. But now the entire panel is pulled down at once, and not a small “tongue”. This is accompanied by a funny animation of “hitting” the lower border of the display and bouncing the entire menu. At the top there are three tabs: Today, All and Missed . Accordingly, the All tab shows all notifications, and Missed - those that you have not yet opened.

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The Today tab is a pumped-up version of the widgets for the Notification Center in iOS 6. Here you can see the Calendar and events in it, the day of the week and the day, as well as an extended weather forecast, not pictures, but text. Russian.

Then there are Reminders, Promotions and the forecast for tomorrow, which includes the number and date of the planned events. Freshly. But it would be nice to turn off the calendar or stocks, because the tab menu is very long. Fortunately, all this is configured.

Control point in iOS 7

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We were not mistaken: this is the name of the new Contol Center feature in the Russian localization of iOS 7. The control point is the rosy dream of all those who installed the jailbreak for the SBSettings panel, which allowed you to quickly turn on and off the useful functions of the device. The control point is called at any time from the bottom of the screen, and it can be turned on and off:

  • - Airplane Mode
  • - Wi-Fi
  • - Bluetooth
  • - Do Not Disturb
  • - Lock screen orientation

In addition, you can adjust the screen brightness in the Control Point, control the playback of the player’s songs, the volume of the device, and also enable AirDrop and AirPlay. It is evident that Apple wanted to push the maximum capacity here. Because that's not all! At the very bottom you can turn on the FLASHLIGHT . This is victory!

But seriously, Apple in one fell swoop killed a whole category of applications App Store. Next to the flashlight are the buttons to go to the alarm clock, calculator and camera. By the way, the camera is on the desktop. And on the lock screen. Is not it too much?

What's new in standard iOS apps

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From the old design they have nothing left. That is, everything that was before was taken in one big bag and divided by zero. Between all the programs there is the same tendency: a white background dominates black as he wants. Think what you want.

Messages

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The overall dialog screen is remotely similar to the old one. In the dialogs themselves, there is no longer a “cloth” background and glare on the message clouds. Their colors have also changed: your messages are highlighted in blue, and incoming messages are in gray.

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Typing by the interlocutor is confirmed by an animated trickle in place of the future message. And the send button now does not change depending on the type of outgoing. If you are sending iMessage, the corresponding statement will appear at the top of the screen and in the input field. From the top panel, you can call the FaceTime call menu, including without video, as well as view or edit a contact.

The calendar

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A new design of the calendar at the same time reminds both Android and Windows Phone. The principles of work have not changed much, but the design has become noticeably different. Minimalism and circles. The red color scheme completely coincided with the previous rumors. At the bottom there are tabs that transfer to the schedule of today, in the calendar menu and in the box of incoming invitations.

A photo

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By default, photos are sorted in the Collection by creation date - by year or short intervals of days. If you turn on geolocation, the pictures you take can be viewed on a map with pins in the places of their creation. The idea of ​​the collection is similar to social networking albums. But most of all, the second tab, General , is similar to these networks.

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All recent activities of the owners of photo streams to which you are subscribed are displayed here. Events are scrolled down and turned up in the manner of Facebook, Vkontakte and Flickr combined. Only with the word “Liked” instead of the visual “Like” button. The idea is alive, and if you have friends with an iPhone, now it makes sense to help them set up their own photostream and subscribe to it. That and you see, a new social sphere will be born.

And here you can apply new photo filters from the Camera. It is even more convenient.

Camera

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Don't like Instagram? I want to see your face when you open the camera of iOS 7. From the application it breathes “vanilla”, which can attract all hipsters in the area. For example, there was a new mode of photography with cropping the frame to the square - exactly for social networks and istagram.

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New photo filters are superimposed on the picture in real time, before shooting. There are nine of them, and most of them are sad . Yes, and the application is not quite convenient: after all, the choice of filter is an extra gesture, and during this time a good shot can be missed.

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Animation “shutter” when changing the shooting mode was changed to a blur effect. The utility is zero, but it looks funny. In general, the new Camera is very different from itself, even more than other applications of the system. On the radicality of the new design with it can compete except that the new Game Center.

Game center

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There is such a console from Sony - Playstation Vita. And in Vita there is an interface from multi-colored balls. Jonathan Ive is known for his love of Sony. So do not be surprised to open a new Game Center in iOS 7. Because there are only balls. Everywhere . And they move a little bit, just like on ... well, you understand.

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Balls represent the menu - installed games, a list of friends, requests to add, calls to a duel and moves for step-by-step games. All this can be opened through the tabs at the bottom, so that the reason for the duplication of functions is not entirely clear. It seems like not Android and not Windows ...

Bubbles fly in different directions when you open any other tab. Apparently, the core of the Game Center features remained the same. Only now there is no hint of card games, cloth, and so on. White background, games, competitive spirit. And constantly moving soap bubbles. It is a pity that they can not be scattered across the screen - such a feature was missed ...

Weather

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About the weather I would like to add only that some Russian cities are not translated into Russian. For example, Moscow is written in transliteration. WTF ...

App Store

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The cradle of success iOS has undergone the expected changes at the interface level: simple tab icons, blue and white panels ... But there is a completely new feature - Next to me . This is a menu that shows applications that are popular near you. In my case, these were Mail.ru and Vkontakte clients.

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A new gesture of returning to the main menu with the help of a swipe from left to right has appeared. And in the corner finally found a Wish List, as in iTunes for computers. By adding there any store application, you can quickly track its price and download it as soon as you see fit. Maybe that's why Apple fiercely deleted discount aggregators?

Apple Cards

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The service itself has not changed, but the interface has become consistent with the new minimalist theme. These buttons without signatures require habituation, because the person from the side does not understand what the square with the arrow, the book, the arrow in the corner and the arrow to the right mean in general. These people did the Interface Guidelines , which in a different form were accepted by all mobile software developers. What made Apple change itself is unknown. Continuing the topic ...

Safari in iOS 7

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Each of us has our favorite application. I have this Safari, and many, too. So when I opened Safari in iOS 7, I felt uneasy. Our old friend, redesign, visited here, and after it remained ... Android.

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No seriously. The bottom panel of the new Safari looks almost identical to that in the most popular OS in the world. These thin, extremely sketchy buttons are not signed and therefore incomprehensible. For example, a “square with an arrow” brings up the AirDrop menu, at the bottom of which there are familiar buttons for us to bookmark, a list for reading and the Home screen.

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“Book” refers to the Bookmarks menu, which has a tab for links from your FaceBook and Twitter feeds, which is quite convenient if you are too lazy to open service clients. Nearby there is also a list for reading.

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Most juice - a new menu of bookmarks , designed as a box with the usual folders for paper documents. Bookmarks reflect the open page. The effect is excellent. If you scroll down, you can find cloud bookmarks - the ones that are currently open on your other Apple devices. In my humble opinion, this part turned out the best for Apple.

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A separate search string has been removed. Now requests are entered in the same field as site addresses. When you click on it, the menu of the bookmarks panel opens, decorated as a grid of pictures with captions. Interesting and convenient. Next to the field is the button to enable the Reader mode.

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When you start scrolling the loaded page, all the Safari menus disappear. Triple hooray full-screen mode.

Calculator

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Take it away immediately. Take the icon with you.

Contacts

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All significant changes here relate to design. Contact pages look fresh and phone numbers are instantly visible. A rare case when you can only agree with the redesign. Unfortunately, at the moment the Contacts menu works with noticeable brakes - just like Reminders in the first beta version of iOS 6.

Reminders

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The list of reminders was clearly made by another person, because only there was a realistic paper texture preserved. Points are now confirmed by a point, and you can “jump” between lists by clicking on their title. The purpose of this application is not very clear when there is a Calendar for events and Notes for notes, but this is where the reminders from Siri are added.

Siri

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I don’t know what Apple did, but now Siri does speak noticeably better than before. Intonation is more pronounced, it is better - if you can talk like that about a robotic voice. Yes, and the voice itself became a little nicer.

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As you know, now Siri can launch applications, turn off Bluetooth and so on. New features are not as interesting as the new data presentation format. There is nothing left of skeuomorphism, and the service menu has benefited from it.

New design is beautiful. But requests are processed more slowly, and the interface itself significantly slows down. Moreover, the system has become worse to determine the requests themselves. We have to repeat. In general, there is something to work on for future beta versions.

Compass

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The useless toy, which appeared along with the iPhone 3GS, was the leader in fading speed from the first iOS desktop screens. Apple did not remove it and made it utterly harsh. Instead of the “eight” in the air, to calibrate the Compass now you need to twist the phone itself. In addition to the obvious, the program now shows the center point and even the angle of deflection, and in a separate full-screen tab. Black background is only here and in Stocks.

Promotions

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If you were trading on the stock exchange, you could hardly use the shares in iOS. Now the data is updated in real time, so that the utility of the program has strengthened by about 15% with little potential for further growth. Courses, as before, come through Yahoo! Finance.

Kiosk

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It is removed in the folder. YES.

Oh yeah, instead of shelves - light rectangles with gradients.

Phone

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Many people did not like the previous dial pad, but now even more people will want to return to it. And in vain! New buttons - light and round, on pressing become transparent and expose the background image. You will not miss the call button at all.

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This is the window for receiving / rejecting an incoming call. If you are typing a contact from your address book, its avatar will replace the blurred background image.

Blacklist in iOS 7

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About him nowhere said nothing, but he finally exists. To add any Apple number or account to the black list, just create the corresponding contact and add it to the Blocked menu in Settings. More this person will not disturb you, and his calls and messages will not even appear.

Mail

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Mail in iOS 7 strongly resembles the Mailbox client. Managing messages by using the swipe to the left, which opens the forwarding and tagging menu, and also allows you to delete the letter. Useful detail, freeing up space on the screen.

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The rest of the mail client remained the same, except, of course, a comprehensive redesign. They were also affected by the well-known “snot” Pull to refresh , which has now become a “daisy”, similar to the one shown when the iPhone is turned off.

Music

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The interface of the tabs below and their editing are preserved. This is all that remains of the previous music player. The new one shines with a white background, control buttons at the bottom of the screen and a much larger number of images. Now the picture of the album is shown even in the list of songs.

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Cover Flow has disappeared, and a grid of albums has taken its place.

About stability

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We sincerely advise you to install iOS 7 right now. At the moment, the system is very raw:

  • - Standard applications crash for no apparent reason and without consistency;
  • - From time to time the system restarts the desktop, closing all applications;
  • - Many third-party applications do not work properly, incl. Skype;
  • - The battery is discharged by 30-40 percent per hour of intensive work;
  • - The overall system performance is significantly lower than iOS 6;
  • - A lot of graphic bugs and glitches.

In addition, many elements on the screen are either not translated, or are clearly not completed yet. There are not enough accompanying images in many menus. Localization into Russian is far from decent: the text climbs on each other or does not fit in the buttons, and in some cases is also transferred to another line. Nobody promised that everything will be fine and convenient here - but the fact that the beta version can be installed without a developer account will necessarily lead to a lot of disgruntled reviews.

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Instead of output. July 24, the first beta version of iOS 7 will stop working and turn the device into a brick. If the next update will be tied to the UDID, thousands of negligent beta testers will be forced to lose all system data at the most inopportune moment. The game is not worth the candle, if you do not have a second, spare iPhone.

Conclusion

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Tonight I put aside the iPhone with the seven and thought. We waited so hard for the new design that we missed the whole essence of iOS 7. These scary, cheap, absolutely poor-quality icons caused a flurry of fair criticism on the Web. But the essence of what happened is different. After all, icons can be changed. And gradients too.

After an extensive acquaintance with iOS 7, it became obvious: Apple did not want to make a banal redesign of the system. Did not want to change the style or picture. And she was hardly waiting for the adoration of her fans, for she acted as most of them did not want. The development of the system was restrained not only by the old principles imposed by Scott Forstall, but also by the callous and lazy minds of experienced iOS users who had been crying for years about stagnation, but were used to it. And here they were suddenly afraid of change.

To do something new, you need to break the old. Apple began the story of iOS from a clean slate , where only the outlines of icons and general ideas remained. Only in this way was it possible to return to the path of innovation and breathe in the spark. And the whining of reactionaries tomorrow nobody will be interested. In the end, they are always waiting for iOS 6, Android and Windows Phone.

Today, Apple has unceremoniously destroyed six years of the evolution of iOS design. Destroyed with extraordinary, uncharacteristic cruelty and consistency. iOS 7 does not look like anything and at the same time looks like everything at once. Here you are the elements of Windows Phone, the ideas of Android, and the light whisper of the latent WebOS. Questions of morality and honesty will be asked for a very long time. In the meantime ...

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