When iOS 7 launched last fall, many iOS users only noticed the cosmetic changes that the new OS entailed along with some of the other major new features, such as faster processors, improved camera tweaks, and Touch ID. However, Apple did more than what meets the eye. Some of the minor changes Apple made are worth mentioning as well and many of these are hidden very deep inside the OS. Let’s take a look at a few that I thought were interesting…
When you receive a new notification, you can still swipe right on the lock screen to open the appropriate app like in the previous versions of iOS. However, if you just want to get rid of a notification, let’s say while you’re in the middle of checking Twitter, you can now swipe up to hide and dismiss it.
iOS 7 keeps tabs on the places you visit most often to help personalize features such as the Notification Center and to help improve the accuracy of Maps. If you take a look, you can find it under Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. You will see a list of your frequent locations and a map, showing where you’ve been and when. If you think this is a little too creepy you can turn this feature off from the System Services page.
If Siri has trouble pronouncing your name or a friend’s name, just say “Learn how to pronounce [whoever]’s name” and Siri will respond by first asking you for your pronunciation of the first and last name, then providing you with several pronunciation options to choose from.
Whether or not you have the iCloud Keychain feature turned on to sync password information between your iOS devices and Macs, you can have Safari on your iOS device save your usernames, passwords, and credit cards. You can take a look at the information under Settings > Safari > Passwords & AutoFill. You will have to enter your device’s passcode to view the full credit card number or password. Both sections will allow you to remove entries, but the Credit Cards section will also let you add a new card from Settings.
If you’re having trouble getting Touch ID to recognize your fingerprint, try scanning the same finger multiple times. In addition, if you can’t remember which finger(s) it was that you scanned, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and put your finger on the Touch ID reader and the appropriate print under the Fingerprints section should turn grey.
Did you guys already know about some of these tips and tricks or were they new to you? Do you guys have any hidden tips or tricks that you would like to share? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section down below.