What I like best about iOS7

I promised I would tell you what I like best about iOS7. Remember, I have an iPhone 4 and iPad 2—so there are a number of iOS7 features I don’t have, including things that more recently released devices had in iOS6.

That aside, there is lots to like about iOS7…

My favourite things about iOS7—for an iPhone 4 / iPad 2

  1. Apple hasn’t abandoned these older devices—yet
    Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but the rate of obsolescence on consumer devices makes my hair stand on end. The iPhone 4 was announced in June 2010 and the  iPad 2 in March 2011. Thankfully, they are both hanging-in in December 2013. (Based on Apple’s historical product announcement cycle, iOS8 should be upon us sometime in 2014—June or fall. That may be the end of iOS support for these older devices.)
  2. No loss of performance
    My devices and all of my apps seem to be just as responsive as they were when iOS6 was installed. iOS7 features beyond the capacity of the device’s hardware simply don’t show up—see iOS7 features that are unavailable on iPhone 4 and Pad 2
  3. Automatic app updates
    I am unable to keep myself from dealing with notifications from the App Store app. iOS7 has a great feature, Automatic app update (your choice whether to turn it on or not), to keep all of your apps current without any involvement on your part. To turn on Automatic app updates:
    1. Select Settings
    2. Scroll down and Select iTunes & App Store
    3. Scroll down until you see AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS
    4. Turn on Updates (see photo)
      Automatic Downloads

      Turn on Updates under AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS

  4. The interface.
    At first iOS7’s interface seemed more primitive than iOS6, but it has grown on me. I am not a graphic designer so I can’t go into specifics…it just looks nice.
  5. Safari
    The changes to Safari aren’t going to overwhelm iOS6 users. As you get the hang of the new features, I think you will agree, they are make browsing a better experience. For an in-depth guide to what’s in iOS7’s Safari see iOS7: The Ultimate Safari Guide.
  6. Search
    Search used to be accessed by swiping the device screen, from left to right, until you reached the search page (the leftmost of your device’s Home screens). Now, search is available from any Home screen page—just swipe down and the search box will appear across the top of the screen.

iOS7 Features that are Unavailable on iPhone 4 and iPad 2

Features, like Siri, that were introduced on the iPhone 4s still don’t work on older devices. No surprise there. Some other things you won’t get:

  • Maps—no 3D flyover or turn-by-turn navigation
  • Camera—no panorama or filters (but you can still apply filters later using various apps)
  • AirPlay—no mirroring of your iOS7’s screen on your TV screen (via Apple TV)
  • AirDrop
  • Graphical effects—translucency, live wallpapers, parallax effect on the Home screen