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Large-scale review of iOS 7

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

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IOS 7 initial setup

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iOS 7 greets the user with the initial 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 first seconds, Windows Phone comes to mind. The new system font shows itself in all its glory and in different languages, which are replaced 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 slowly blink :)

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The initial setup steps are generally similar to those in iOS 6. Select a Wi-Fi network, enter a password for it and wait for the device to be activated. If desired, turn on geolocation and accept the Terms and Conditions for the use of 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 system lock screen has undergone a radical change. We say goodbye to the Slide to Unlock slider : now its place is taken only by the corresponding inscription without a background or substrate. The dimming filter or any gradients are no longer applied to the background image: as set, it will look like. Time has not moved anywhere, and a date is displayed below it.

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When the charger is connected, the battery charge status is briefly displayed. Then it gives way to a standard lock screen. So we also say goodbye to the old picture of the green battery.

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Right here, under time, a list of recent notifications from applications is shown. This list freely scrolls up and down and contains the program icon, time and text of the notification, which obviously has increased by a dozen characters. To go to the application from the notification, just click on it.

The camera is called swipe up from the corresponding icon. To unlock the device, you just need to swipe your finger 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 a symbol of iOS, and from this symbol there is only a grid of icons. The corners of these icons are now rounded stronger than before. The color variety plus extreme sketchiness create a very strange impression. Users with experience 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 voluminous 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 well for itself, but it is interesting whether it is possible to disable this in the settings in the future to save energy or, conversely, to increase the amplitude of movements.

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The status line now shows the signal reception level in the form of five points. The operator name and battery percentage are rewritten in system font. The Wi-Fi icon has not changed, but the BT icon has become a little thinner. Finally, the battery icon was lengthened 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 seemed to have gone off Android.

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Folders now have a translucent backing and open to the full screen with the zoom effect, completely hiding both the dock and all other applications on the desktop. The editing and renaming system works as before. On one screen of the folder 9 applications fit, but inside you can create several more additional pages. Pages are flipped in the same way as those on the desktop.

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The app dock background has changed a lot. Instead of a glass shelf - a rectangle in the entire program block, blurring the background image. Due to the lack of its own color, the dock adapts to any background image and therefore practically does not stand out. As before, you can insert only 4 applications there. Folders from the dock open without animation - apparently, it has not yet been thought out.

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Looking ahead, in the Settings there was an item for choosing animated wallpapers . So far, two generally identical options have been presented, very similar to the standard wallpapers in Android 4.0. The difference between the options is 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. Looking forward to iOS 8.

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Although not immediately, the lack of a zero screen, where Spotlight search used to be located, is striking. It has not been deleted, it’s just now it is called by swipe down the center of the application grid. A row leaves the top panel and takes up ten times less space. I had no accidental trips. The idea is simple and very appropriate, because the top line of the search is now in the vast 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 at first distract and enter the text more slowly than before. The font of 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 the icon of the application installed from the App Store. Apparently, Apple is thus hinting that she tried very hard when creating a new design, but did not open Photoshop and threw simple gradients onto the squares with shapes.

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The Clock app now displays the exact time with a moving second hand. After a while, the arrow starts to lag a bit, and so on until the next load. Explicit bug. The calendar, as before, shows the current day of the week and date.

The built -in recorder application has been removed . Apple expects you will find an analogue in the App Store.

IOS 7 multitasking system

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Apple says iOS 7 has full-featured multitasking. This is not entirely true. The system remains the same: i.e. it is iOS that determines which applications will truly work in the background and which will be paused. An interesting feature has appeared: the system monitors when you open certain applications and launches them in advance - this speeds up the loading of information. For example, Twitter feed will 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 evokes mixed feelings. The previous application closing mechanism was very far from perfect - some of us generally got used to clicking on 4 icons at a time so as not to tap the screen for 30 seconds to clear the memory. Now on a single screen in portrait mode only three applications fit. To remove them, just wave your finger up. These are webOS ideas, no options.

IOS 7 Notification Center

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

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The Today tab is a pumped-up version of 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 number, as well as an extended weather forecast, and not with pictures, but with text. Russian.

Then come the Reminders, Promotions and Forecast for tomorrow, which includes the number and date of planned events. Freshly. But it would be nice to disable a calendar or promotions, because the tab menu is very long. Fortunately, all this is customizable.

Control Center in iOS 7

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

  • - Airplane Mode
  • - wifi
  • - bluetooth
  • - Do Not Disturb
  • - Screen orientation lock

In addition, in the Control Center, you can adjust the screen brightness, control the playback of the player’s songs, the volume of the device, and also enable AirDrop and AirPlay. Apparently, Apple wanted to push the maximum of opportunities 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 an entire category of App Store apps. Next to the flashlight are the buttons for switching to the alarm clock, calculator and Camera. By the way, the camera is also on the desktop. And on the lock screen. Is not it too much?

New in standard iOS apps

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Nothing remained of the old design. That is, everything that was before was taken in one big bag and divided by zero. The same tendency can be traced between all programs: the white background dominates the black one as it wants. Think what you want.

Messages

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

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The interlocutor's typing is confirmed by an animated ellipsis at the place of the future message. And the submit button now does not change depending on the type of outgoing. If you send iMessage, a 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 the contact.

The calendar

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The new calendar design is reminiscent of 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 is fully consistent with previous rumors. Below are tabs that transfer to today's schedule, in the calendar menu and in the inbox of invitations.

A photo

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

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It displays all the recent actions of the owners of the photo streams that you are subscribed to. Events are scrolling down and arranged in the manner of Facebook, Vkontakte and Flickr combined. Only with the word “Liked” instead of the visual “Like” button. The idea is lively, and if you have friends with the iPhone, now it makes sense to help them set up their own photo stream and subscribe to it. That and you look, a new social network 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 iOS 7 camera. The application has “vanilla” that can attract all the hipsters in the area. For example, a new shooting mode has appeared with cropping the frame to square - exactly for social networks and the Idram.

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

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When changing the shooting mode, the “shutter” animation 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 the rest of the system’s applications. Only the new Game Center can compete with her in the radical nature of the new design.

Game center

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Sony has such a console - Playstation Vita. And in Vita there is an interface of multi-colored balls. Jonathan Ive is known for his love of Sony. Therefore, do not be surprised to discover the 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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Balloons indicate the menu - installed games, list of friends, requests to add, challenges to duel and moves for turn-based games. All this can be opened through the tabs below, so the reason for the duplication of functions is not entirely clear. It seems like not Android and not Windows ...

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

Weather

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I would like to add about the weather 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 iOS success has undergone the expected changes at the interface level: simple tab icons, white and blue 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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There is a new gesture of returning to the main menu using swipe from left to right. And in the corner was finally found the Wish List, as in iTunes for computers. By adding any store application there, you can quickly track its price and download as soon as you see fit. Maybe that's why Apple violently 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 are addictive, because a person from the side will not understand what a square with an arrow, a book, an arrow in a corner and an arrow to the right mean. These people made Interface Guidelines , which were adopted in various forms by all developers of mobile software. What made Apple change herself is unknown. Continuing the theme ...

Safari on iOS 7

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

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

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“Book” means the Bookmarks menu, in which there is a tab for links from your FaceBook and Twitter feeds, which is quite convenient if it's really too lazy to open service clients. Nearby there is also a reading list.

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

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A separate search string has been deleted. Now requests are entered in the same field as the addresses of sites. When you click on it, the bookmark bar menu opens, designed as a grid of pictures with captions. Interesting and convenient. Next to the field is a button for activating Reader mode.

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When you start scrolling a loaded page, all Safari menus disappear. Triple cheers to 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 in it the realistic texture of the paper was preserved. Items are now confirmed by a dot, 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 it is here that Siri reminders are added.

Siri

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I don’t know what Apple did, but now Siri really speaks much better than before. The intonation is more pronounced, the speech is better - if so, we can talk 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, disable Bluetooth, and so on. New features are not as interesting as the new data presentation format. There was nothing left of skeuomorphism, and the service menu only benefited.

The new design is beautiful. But requests are processed more slowly, and the interface itself significantly slows down. Moreover, the system has become worse at determining the queries themselves. I 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 with the iPhone 3GS, was the leader in the rate of disappearance from the first screens of the iOS desktop. Apple did not remove it and made it harsh. Instead of “eight” in the air, to calibrate the Compass, you now need to twist the phone itself. In addition to the obvious, the program now shows the center point and even the angle of deviation, moreover, in a separate full-screen tab. The black background is only here and in the Promotions.

Stocks

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If you traded on an exchange, you were unlikely to use the Shares on 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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He tidies up the folder. YES.

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

Phone

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Many did not like the previous dialing keyboard, but now even more people will want to return to it. And in vain! The new buttons are light and round, by clicking become transparent and expose the background image. You won’t miss the call button at all.

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This is how the incoming / outgoing call window looks. If a contact from your address book dials, his avatar will replace the blurry background image.

Blacklist in iOS 7

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They did not say anything about him anywhere, but he finally exists. To add any Apple number or account to the black list, just create the corresponding contact and add it in Settings in the Blocked menu. This person will not disturb you anymore, and his calls and messages will not even be displayed.

Mail

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Mail in iOS 7 strongly resembles the Mailbox client. Messages are managed using the swipe to the left, which opens the forwarding and marking menu, and also allows you to delete the letter. Useful trifle freeing up screen space.

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The rest of the email client remained the same, except, of course, a comprehensive redesign. They were also affected by the notorious “snot” Pull to refresh , which has now become a “daisy”, similar to that that appears when you turn off the iPhone.

Music

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

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Cover Flow disappeared, and the album grid replaced it.

About stability

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We sincerely do not recommend you install iOS 7 right now. At the moment, the system is very damp:

  • - Standard applications crash for no apparent reason and without constancy;
  • - 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 graphical bugs and glitches.

In addition, many of the elements on the screen are either not translated, or obviously not yet completed. There are not enough accompanying images in many menus. Localization into Russian is far from decent: the text crawls on top of each other or does not fit into buttons, and in some cases also wraps onto another line. No one promised that everything will be fine and convenient here - but the fact that the beta version can be installed without a developer account will certainly lead to a mass of dissatisfied reviews.

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Instead of output. On July 24, the first beta version of iOS 7 will stop working and turn the device into a brick. If the next update is tied to the UDID, thousands of negligent beta testers will be forced to lose all the 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 an iPhone with a seven and thought. We were so diligently waiting for the new design that we missed the whole point of iOS 7. These scary, cheap, absolutely low-quality icons caused a flurry of fair criticism on the Web. But the essence of what happened is different. After all, the icons can be changed. And gradients too.

After a massive acquaintance with iOS 7, it became obvious: Apple did not want to make a banal redesign of the system. I didn’t want to change the style or pictures. And hardly she was waiting for the adoration of her fans, for she acted as most of them did not want to. 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 cried for years over stagnation, but got used to it. And then they were suddenly afraid of change.

To do something new, you need to break the old. Apple started the iOS story from scratch , where only the outline of the icons and general ideas remained. Only in this way could one return to the path of innovation and breathe a spark. And whining of retrogrades tomorrow will not be interesting to anyone. In the end, they are always waiting for iOS 6, Android and Windows Phone.

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

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