If you are an average iPhone user, you most likely updated to iOS 7, checked out the new interface, judged it, and carried on with your day.
Not so fast my friends.
I consider myself a typical iPhone user and I’m hear to share 5 new iOS 7 features that will get you geeked on the newest iPhone operating system. Let’s get right to it:
#1 Remind Me When I Get Home
Tell Siri your address and she will remind you of tasks right when you get home. All you have to do is tell Siri your address and when your iPhone’s GPS recognizes you are at your address, Siri will give you a very timely reminder. Ex: Siri, Remind me to hide my report card. As soon as you arrive home, she will save your life. (Just kidding folks! Do they even mail report cards home anymore?)
For those of you who are skeptical about giving Siri your address, your iPhone knows A LOT more than your home address. Just go with it.
#2 Teach Siri Correct Pronunciation
Are you annoyed with Siri’s constant mispronunciations? Call her out on it! Directly after she mispronounces a name or location, simply tell Siri “That’s not how you pronounce that.” Run through a quick exercise, and she’ll never belittle your beautifully unique name again.
#3 Know When That Message Was Sent
Up until now, the iPhone only displayed periodic timestamps for text messages. This is oddly annoying when trying to figure out when someone said “Be at your place in an hour” only to have no clue when they sent that message. Now you can see the exact time incoming and outgoing messages were sent by swiping to the left. It may not sound like much, but I guarantee this will be one of the most used new features.
#4 Spotlight Search, Anywhere, Anytime!
This is a hard one to justify in words. I had a couple buddies tell me I was an idiot for not using Spotlight search, and I understood why quickly after utilizing the all-purpose search bar. Now Spotlight is even quicker since you can access by simply swiping down on any home page. Spotlight is essentially the Google search bar for EVERYTHING in your iPhone. Punch in contacts, upcoming events, apps, or even internet searches to access what you want MUCH fast than jumping and swiping about. I’m not even going to bother arguing, just use it for a week and you won’t regret it.
#5 New Ring & Alert Tones
I was embarrassingly excited about these when I first heard of them, but was quickly let down. If you are a big fan of ringtones that were popular in the early 2000’s, these tones are for you. The one aspect of new alerts that actually is quite nice is the new vibration options. Choose from pre-made vibrations or create your own.
Yeah! You can actually create your own vibrate tones. Spend countless minutes trying to create something cool that won’t even come remotely close to what you are envisioning in your head. The beauty of it is, you will be the only one to feel it; so as long as it means something to you, it’s pretty cool!
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Some other cool features I can see myself using would be the bubble level – a handy little tool for leveling out paintings, shelves, etc. Telling Siri your birthday so she can apparently give you a very warm and sincere greeting on that special day. Overall, iOS 7 is robustly customizable and if there is something you aren’t a big fan of, chances are you can change it.
So there it is. There are tons of other really cool features, but these are the ones just about every iPhone user can start benefiting from right away.
If we missed any, please comment and share the knowledge! Let’s figure this thing out together.