MacMost Now 919: A Look At iOS 7

iOS 7 is a big departure from previous versions of iOS, with a very different look and feel. Besides new icons, the look of many of the major apps has been flattened to simpler text on white backgrounds. Have a look at iOS 7 and some specific features like wallpapers and searching.

Video Transcript
Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode let's look at the new design of iOS 7.

So over the next few weeks we will be looking at all the new features of iOS 7. Before we get into that, let's take a look at it as a whole and look at the new design. The most radical change in the look of iOS since its start.

One of the big changes that you see right away is the look of the icons. It is a different design for the icons. It is a flatter look to reflect the look of the insides of a lot of these apps. Another thing is the background. You can't see it here when I'm projecting this onto my Mac screen for recording but if you are holding your iPad and you move it the icons float on top of the background. So it gives it kind of a little bit of a three dimensional look to everything.

Now in addition to this background and a lot of other standard backgrounds there is a new set under Wallpapers and Brightness. You've got dynamic wallpapers and these kind of look like this. I will select one here and you can see there is these kind of dots and they move around and flow. If I tilt the iPad you can see they flow quite a bit. So you have the choice to choose these to make your screen look more interesting.

If we look inside some of the apps we are going to see instantly that things look a little different. In the Calendar app you can see gone is kind of the realistic look of trying to look like an actual calendar or looking like a legal pad in Notes for instance. You can see it is just plain white right now so it is much simpler. A lot of redesigns for things like the Clock you can see there. Even inside of things like say the Reminders app and Contacts. Even the Settings app you can see has new icons on the left and it is kind of a flat look with a white background. A lot of apps look like this now. Here is the Music app for instance.

Now not all apps have been changed. For instance under iBooks it still looks like a wooden bookcase. If I go into some other apps like some of the iWorks apps and such and GarageBand they still look the same as before. No word whether they are going to change at some point or whether those are just going to remain different, remain kind of looking like physical world objects.

Probably the biggest change, I think, is inside of Game Center. Game Center before really looked like a kind of poker game setup. Now it is white with the colored dots which seem to be the theme in iOS 7.

But one change I do want to talk about now is how to search your iPad. Previously you would swipe from left to right from the home screen there and see I can't go there. I can go to the right but I can't get to the search screen there. Now it is actually something that comes down from the top. From the middle of the screen I drag down and I get a search there at the top and I can type something there and I can see apps and music and everything like that. I can launch an app from there. So the functionality is similar. It is just getting to it now is something that you bring up by swiping down in the middle of the screen.

Now there are a lot of changes that are both design and functionality. So we will be looking at those in future episodes. For instance here is the Control Center that comes up from the bottom. There is the Notification Center that comes down from the top. There is app switching which if I double tap the Home button you can see there I can switch between them. We will look closer at those individually in episodes coming up.

Comments: 49 Responses to “MacMost Now 919: A Look At iOS 7”

    9/18/13 @ 5:25 pm

    On my iPad 2, when I go to Software Update under Settings it still says iOS 6.1.3. Do I need to connect my iPad to my Mac and update via iTunes? Thanks for the info and upcoming help with iOS features.

      9/18/13 @ 9:50 pm

      Yes. Do it that way. You should sync and backup your iPad before doing the update.

    9/19/13 @ 3:31 am

    How do you turn the apps in the background off?

      9/19/13 @ 5:08 am

      Not sure what you mean. Are you looking to quit an app for some reason, or something else? Or is there a specific app that you want to stop from doing something like sending you notifications, etc.

        Dennis Cox
        9/19/13 @ 8:10 am

        Does he mean turning off app updating in the background?

        Deb Wolf
        9/19/13 @ 8:46 am

        I believe they are talking about double tapping the home button to delete the running apps.

      9/19/13 @ 8:09 am

      Kika, If I’m getting your question correctly just push the home button twice quickly and then slide the open apps upwards with your finger. They then disappear and are then closed.

        Deb Wolf
        9/19/13 @ 8:49 am

        On the older iPhones like the 4 you need to hold your finger on the app icon to get a minus sign then tap it again to remove it.

        9/19/13 @ 8:50 am

        If that is what Kika is asking, I just want to add that this is usually unnecessary. People are under the impression sometimes that this will help performance or is needed to be able to run more apps or something. But for the vast majority of users, it simply isn’t necessary to force-quit an app this way. iOS will manage memory and power for you — you don’t need to do it yourself.

          Jeffrey Carlson
          9/19/13 @ 9:50 am

          This is probably not the forum to discuss power control but you brought it up Gary. I know when I leave GPS active icons running in the background that my battery power drops much faster than when I have killed the app. The iOS does not seem to manage this very well.

            9/19/13 @ 10:00 am

            You don’t need to “kill” the app to manage GPS use. You can do that in Settings, Privacy, Location Services. It shows you want is using GPS, and how it is using it (constant or periodic) and you can disable just that function.
            Or, in case of a well-designed app, you can manage use from inside the app.

          Richard H.
          9/22/13 @ 10:07 pm

          I have to disagree. If I have opened several apps I find opening yet another one becomes extremely slow or impossible. After I force-quit the apps (at least before IOS7), I can then open new apps with no problem. This has happened often so I don’t know how you can say IOS will manage memory when it does this. If there is something I am not getting please let me know because this force-quit stuff is extra work I’d rather not have to do. Perhaps IOS7 eliminates this but I seriously doubt it.

            9/23/13 @ 5:15 am

            Sounds to me like something is wrong. The vast majority of iOS users don’t force-quit apps, ever. Most don’t even know you can do that. I’d say that whatever app is being slow is being slow on its own. Or, perhaps you have a poorly-made misbehaving app somewhere. Impossible for me to guess. But I never quit apps during normal iOS use.

        Mike T.
        9/20/13 @ 8:37 pm

        Yeah, it is a blatant rip-off of WebOS by Palm. Steve is probably turning in his grave. “Cupertino, start your copiers!”

    9/19/13 @ 8:39 am

    In App Store: After updating apps, how do you clear the list from update section?

      9/19/13 @ 8:51 am

      Not sure if there is a way. It is a log of what you have updated. Why do you want to clear it? I can’t think of a reason to do so.

    9/19/13 @ 9:25 am

    I don’t find how to open a new tab in Safari? Thanks

      9/19/13 @ 9:56 am

      Depends on your device. On the iPhone, you tap the pages button (two boxes) at the bottom right. Then Tap the + button at the bottom center. On the iPad, you do it many ways. Only the iPad has “tabs” — the iPhone has multiple Safari pages.

    Ray Alston
    9/19/13 @ 9:50 am

    Hi Gary… excellent information as usual. I have just upgraded to IOS7 and am generall impressed. However, my contacts groups are all inexplicably duplicated. I have tried turning off and on iCloud without success. Any ideas ?

      9/19/13 @ 9:56 am

      Perhaps you have them in two places — like in iCloud and also synced manually via iTunes?

        Ray Alston
        9/19/13 @ 10:34 am

        Another problem solved….. many, many thanks, Gary.

    Tony lurie
    9/19/13 @ 12:46 pm

    Legibility great for young eyes but a little harder to focus on from a distance for older people….I suppose just bringing it closer up is the intention!.
    For night owls the brightness has to be turned way down because of glare from large areas of white …

    Jerry Spencer
    9/19/13 @ 1:56 pm

    Hope I’m not jumping the gun, I know you said you will address the control center in upcoming session. On my iPhone 4s, the up swipe for the control center is very finicky, only works one out of 4 or 5 swipes. Also, I can’t get it to work at all with my Otterbox defender case on. I have to remove it to use the control center. Is there any other way to access Airplay?

      9/19/13 @ 7:10 pm

      The easiest way to bring up Control Center is to start with your finger off the bottom of the screen, then swipe it up onto the screen. I can see how a thick case might make this hard. Try starting ON the case and moving up.

    9/20/13 @ 10:00 am

    I now have a Pass Code so every time I put the iPad to sleep I must now enter the Pass Code to use it again. How do I get rid of the Pass Code? MacMost is great!

      9/20/13 @ 11:53 am

      You can turn it off in the same place you turned it on. Settings, General, Passcode Lock.
      But DO NOT turn it off. It is very important that you have it on. Everyone should be using a passcode lock on their iPhones. Otherwise, if you lose it or it is stolen, then someone else has access to everything on your phone, which includes email. If they have access to your email, they have access to everything else (request to send resets for password to web sites, banks, etc.).

    9/20/13 @ 12:49 pm

    Downloaded IOS 7 to iPad three. Many icons, Apple and others did not show up on Homs screen. What to do?

      9/20/13 @ 1:03 pm

      Icons? You mean apps? How did you do thr update? Did you do a backup before updating? Did you then do the restore after the update?

    9/21/13 @ 5:42 am

    Please do an issue on saving the battery, I’ve tried to do research, but I still haven’t discovered where to shut off the apps. (where we used to double tap the home button, and hold on an icon, then shut all open apps off…..) Thanks Gary, love Mac Most, been a fan for a while.

      9/21/13 @ 5:50 am

      This is episode 919. The very next episode 920 was about how to quit apps. SO check that one out.
      But obsessively quitting apps won’t help save your battery life. Apps running in the background don’t really use much power, if any at all.
      True, though, than an app that tracks your location in the background may use battery. For instance, a running or biking app. But either you want them to track your location, or you have turned that off. Force-quitting an app isn’t the way to manage them. You can look in Settings, Privacy, Location Services to see which apps are using your GPS right now, but note that many passively use this info — they aren’t keeping your GPS “on” and using battery.

        9/21/13 @ 6:44 am

        Thank You!

    9/21/13 @ 5:31 pm

    Hi Gary
    I have iphone 5 and downloaded iOS 7, but how to get iTunes radio

      9/21/13 @ 9:48 pm

      You’ve got it, then. Look in the Music app.

    9/23/13 @ 9:34 am

    I like some of the features but I HATE that they’ve made the writing thinner so it’s much harder to see for those of us over 40. The date app, for instance, used to be a big bold number so you could easily see what date it is. Ditto for the Lock screen. I had to change my lock screen wall paper to something very dark so I could see the time which is, again, in a much thinner font. Is there anything we can do, other than complain bitterly?

      9/23/13 @ 9:54 am

      Sure, that’s a setting you can change. Settings, General, Accessibility, Bold Text.

    Vickie Harvey
    9/24/13 @ 8:36 am

    Yes, for us in the over 50 crowd you definitely need to turn on the bold button. This new white background is tough to see. I am not sure I like it very much but maybe it will grow on me, I hope.

    toni smith
    9/25/13 @ 11:42 am

    HI Gary,
    Can you tell me know to add an app to an existing folder that is on a different page of apps. Thanks

      9/25/13 @ 12:39 pm

      Just drag the app to the left or right side of the screen, and you’ll go to the next page so you can drop it into a folder there.

    9/25/13 @ 6:20 pm

    Could you help me please. I thought I had to update to this new iOS7 operating system and I’m in a panic as my calendar is so totally different now. I use it to book my appointments and this is not going to work for me. I’m not tecky and now stuck with this. Is there anyway I can uninstal this iOS7 back to the previous one … Oh please say yes and how to do this on both my iPad and iPhone :(
    Thank you so much for any help or advice you can give me.

      9/25/13 @ 10:29 pm

      There is really not much difference between the iOS 7 calendar and the iOS 6 one. It is just cosmetic. So perhaps you just haven’t played with it enough to get used to it. There isn’t anything you could do before that you can’t do now.

        10/4/13 @ 11:41 am

        On my iPad2 the “Calendar” displays “Day/Week/Month/Year” at the top of the page but not on my iPhone4. The default on the iPhone4 appears to be the “Day” and by tapping the name of the month displays the whole “Month”. However, I haven’t found a way to display a whole “Week”. Any ideas please on how to display the “Week” and is the “Calendar” designed this way for the iPhone4?

          10/4/13 @ 12:30 pm

          When viewing a day, simply turn your iPhone so it is horizontal (your orientation lock should be off, of course). There’s your Week view.

    9/27/13 @ 12:07 pm

    Gary, On my iPhone, when I try to search as your video directs, all that shows up is my calendar, with 3 sections, Today, All and Missed. I’m trying to find a hidden app (Evernote) and have been unable to locate it. Thanks.

      9/27/13 @ 12:43 pm

      Go to Settings, General, Spotlight Search and make sure applications are checked.

    Tara Asmus
    10/5/13 @ 11:17 am

    Is there a way to alter the background colors for the icons in ios7? My old version had muted colors and now the ios7 has for example, a bright flourescenty green background color to some text messages and it’s too bold. I need to be able to change this or uninstall the upadate…

      10/5/13 @ 12:13 pm

      Background colors for icons? Not sure what you mean by that. You can change the background wallpaper, as you could before.

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