posted on October 3th, 2013

iOS7´s New Features can get you your Heart’s Desire

BY Jason Howard in Blog , Mobile Application ,

Apple announced iOS 7 in June at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This release will have a profound impact in the enterprise market. We’ve highlighted the main details on this new OS below, as well as our perspective on how this release will impact the industry.

New Security Features

  1. Control of Open in:With iOS 7, Apple introduces a new API that gives control to IT administrators to manage which applications employees can use to open attachments. Prior to iOS 7, users could open an email attachment using any document application (i.e. native viewers, Dropbox, Ever note, Quick Office, etc.). However, this was a security hole since it increased the risk of data leakage, especially via consumer cloud services. The new controls for IT administrators closes that security hole.
  2. Per-application VPN: Prior to the launch of iOS 7, VPN connections were implemented at the device level, which meant that once you enable VPN on a device, every application on the device would have access to the intranet. With iOS 7, Apple allows a set of managed applications to use a VPN tunnel using any of the supported VPN vendors (Cisco, Juniper, F5, etc.), a feature that offers greater control and security.

New Design Features

  1. Big App Icons
    The most obvious change to the app icons in iOS 7 is that they are larger at 120px (up from 114px). While they may feel squished on the current iPhone screen, they will comfortably fit the expanded screen of the iPhone 5S and 5C.


  2. Buttons, Layout and Text
    Borderless buttons, auto layout, and dynamic text were all possible in iOS 6, but Apple is more heavily promoting these techniques in iOS 7.



Perhaps in response to the growing market for Responsive Web Design, Apple is also quietly breaking its dependence on screen sizes. When larger devices debut in the future, designers and developers will not panic, and the App Store will stay strong.

New and Improved Functionality

Control Center: Just a Swipe Away 


Control Center offers quick and easy access to the controls and apps you always seem to need oh so urgently. Now you can swipe up from any screen, including the Lock screen, to manage tasks like switch to Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, or adjust the brightness of your display. You can even shine a light on things with a new torch.


Notification Center: More Convenient and Intuitive


Notification Center includes new mail, missed calls, to-dos and many more, organized into three tabs: All, Today, and Missed. One glance at your iPhone and you’ll be updated about everything, like birthdays or the forecast. You can access Notification Center from any screen, which now includes the Lock screen. Just swipe down and speed up your life.


Multitasking: Almost as Smart as You Are

6Multitasking has always been an intuitive way to switch between apps, and now it’s even better. Multitasking learns your habits and adjusts accordingly. For example, if you check the weather every night before bed, the forecast will be ready and waiting for you with the latest updates.It now takes up the whole screen, but is more straightforward. You now have previews of each app that’s open, and you can close one by simply swiping up on that app.


Camera: More Fun Than Ever

8Camera app offers several new features appreciated by professional and novice photographers alike. Navigation is a simple swipe. You can take pictures using a range of filters. Zoom capability is now available while taking video. The new burst mode is the thrill of sorority girls and bridesmaids everywhere for the now-cliché “jumping” pictures.

Photos: Tour Your Special Moments Anytime

9Photos app is faster and easier with a more delightful ways to tour your moments. This app introduces Collections, Moments and Years, smart groupings of your photos and videos based on time and place. Tap Years and all your shots fill the screen. With iCloud, now you can share your photo stream with contacts who can post, share and comment to your stream. The new activity view lets you know about new updates on shared streams.



AirDrop: Collaboration Made Easy

11When sharing in person, AirDrop eliminates the extra step of sending a text or email and then having to download an attachment. With just a tap of the Share button, and a click of your contact, you can send photos, videos, and other media to friends or colleagues nearby. Now share with security and ease.

Safari: Ready for More Adventures

12Browsing is new and improved with Safari in iOS7. Buttons and bars, like the unified smart search, remain hidden until you scroll to reveal them. With just a swipe, you can navigate back and forth between pages. Maintain a reading list for the articles.

App Store: Ready to Help You More

13Apps near Me is another new feature of the App Store in iOS 7, one that gives you a list of popular apps based on your current location. A new Kids category spotlights the best apps for children, organized by age. IOS 7 also keeps your apps up to date automatically so you no longer have to worry about updating them manually.

Find My Phone: More Secure

14As the name suggests, Find My iPhone can help you get your iPhone back. But if not, new security features in iOS 7 makes it difficult for anyone to use or sell your device. With iOS 7, a new activation lock requires your Apple ID and password to turn off the Find My iPhone feature. An Apple ID and password are also required to reactivate a device after it’s been remotely wiped.

Apple has introduced multiple new features with iOS 7 to make the experience completely unique, faster and advanced. Now is the perfect time to rewrite your Application Statement (or write it for the first time), and potentially improve your app to make the experience laser-focused and to align it with the new design ideas of iOS 7. Now, from day one you know how to use the world’s most advanced mobile OS, and ultimately make it a more valuable experience for customers.


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