My only impression of the iOS 7

ios7iveMost of the changes in iOS 7 have to do with design, but many of the software features Apple did add are things Android owners have been enjoying for years. In fact, Android fans and bloggers began howling about all the copycat features as soon as Apple announced iOS 7.

They have a point.

Android evolved quickly, but Apple has taken a slow, cautious approach with iOS. It feels like Apple’s iOS team has buried their heads in the sand when it comes to making big improvements that people want. iOS 7 finally brings some of those features to the iPhone.

The most obvious is the Control Center, a panel that appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen and lets you adjust basic settings like screen brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and airplane mode. It’s been one of the most-requested iOS features for years now, and you’ll finally get it with iOS 7.

There are other things: improved multitasking with apps, an assistant in the drop-down notifications menu that gives you an overview of the weather and events in your day’s calendar, and a feature called AirDrop that lets you wirelessly swap files between iPhones. All are really nice features, but they all copy Android in one form or another.

In the end, iOS 7 is an admission from Apple that it needs to catch up to all the great stuff owners of other smartphone platforms enjoy.

The iOS 7 is among the largest upgrades the OS has ever been given – not quite the game changer that the iPhone OS 2 and the App Store were, but it certainly took a lot of effort. It not only brings some key new features and a few cool system apps, but it also completely overhauls the user interface and tweaks the right things under the hood.

Key features

  • Complete UI overhaul with adaptive colors and system-wide Back swipe gesture
  • New system icons and folders, animated icons available
  • System-wide parallax effect
  • Dynamic wallpapers
  • Control Center with toggles, multimedia controls and shortcuts
  • Updated Notification Center with three tabs
  • All apps multitasking with new card interface
  • Updated Safari browser with unified search filed
  • iTunes radio
  • AirDrop file sharing
  • Inclinometer within the Compass app
  • Camera filters with live preview and new square mode
  • New Photos app with better photo organization, picture editing
  • Weather app with live weather animations
  • Updated Maps with Night mode and Turn-by-Turn walking directions
  • New Siri interface, new supported commands, new voices
  • Contact Blacklist
  • FaceTime audio
  • Activation lock
  • Automatic app update
  • Cellular data usage breakdown
  • Chinese-English, Italian, Korean and Dutch dictionaries
  • iOS in the Car coming in 2014 in selected cars

Main disadvantages

  • Very iTunes dependent for uploading files and multimedia
  • No open file system means you often have to duplicate files
  • Limited integration of 3rd party social networks and services
  • No widgets
  • Air Drop works only between selected iOS 7 or later running devices
  • No lockscreen shortcuts (besides those in the Control Center)
  • Very basic camera UI with limited features and settings
  • Limited codecs support
  • iTunes radio only works in the US

The changes are more cosmetic and iterative than they are record-breaking. Even with all the overhauled design that reskins practically every element with a gleaming-new interface. From what I’ve seen so far (including hands-on time with iOS 7 on an iPhone 5), we like the latest  do more.


Below, you’ll find a list of the iOS 7 features that Apple focused on today, and next to that, a brief description of how that trait exists on AndroidWindows Phone, and BlackBerry rivals (or at least one manufacturer’s take on said platform). Read on below for more detail about how iOS 7 stacks up.


iOS 7 Android 4.2 Windows Phone 8 BlackBerry 10
Control Center Yes, varies by phone-maker No, settings
System access settings
Notification center Detailed notifications Live tile
BlackBerry Hub, badges
Multitasking preview Recents list Multitasking preview Active Frames grid
Surfaced camera modes Varies by Android skin Third-party
Video, Time Shift modes
Photos grouped by
years, location
Albums, other filters Albums, date Albums, recent
Shared photo stream Samsung Galaxy S4 Share one by one Share one by one
Peer-to-peer sharing (AirDrop) Android Beam (NFC) Tap + Share (NFC) NFC sharing
Unified browser bar Yes Yes Yes
Personalized radio/discovery Google Play Music All Access Nokia Music Third-party app
Voice access to
system settings
Samsung’s S Voice No systems access No systems access
Automatic app updates Optional, by app ‘Update all’ option Individual
No No No
In-dash integration
(iOS for cars)
Driving mode/S Drive Nokia Drive Third-party apps




WORLD BACK UP DAY!!! – Celebrate by Backing Up all your stuff.

Today is World Backup Day, a holiday that celebrates the task we all know we should be doing, but one that’s way too easy to ignore—until your hard drive starts to grind or your phone decides to go for a swim. Lucky for you, World Backup Day falls on a Saturday this year. You’ve got the time. Now let’s back up that data.

We’ve covered backup from virtually every angle, and for every platform. Think of this post as the index for all your backup needs.

Priority One: Your Computer

First, let’s start with the big one: Your computer.

It's World Backup Day! Celebrate by Finally Backing Up Your Stuff

Set Up an Automated, Bulletproof File Back Up Solution

Whether you’re a Windows, Mac, or Linux user, here’s our recommended method of backing up your computer. This post will help you back up your hard drive both locally (so you can quickly get back up and running if anything goes awry) and off-site (so that if your computer’s stolen or your house burns down you can still get your data back).

If you want to beef up your on-site backups, you may also want to look into how to turn your old computer into a network-backup machine with FreeNAS.

Priority Two: Your Phone

Already got your computer backed up. Congrats, redundancy pro! You deserve a badge! Now let’s turn to that other device with a hard drive you count on daily: Your phone. This section is divvied into iPhone and Android backup options.

First, for the iPhone crowd:

You already know that iTunes backs up your phone when you plug your iPhone into your computer and sync, so that’s kind of a no-brainer. But if you really want to back up that iPhone and you don’t mind jailbreaking, you’ve got an even better option:

It's World Backup Day! Celebrate by Finally Backing Up Your Stuff

How to Set Up a Fully Automated App and Settings Backup on Your Jailbroken iDevice

This guide will walk you through how tofully back up your iOS device’s data, and do so wirelessly and automatically. Here’s how it works.

Oh, and even if you decide you only want to back up your iOS device using the default iTunes route, you may want to keep two things in mind: First, make sure you back up that back up. If you’re already backing up your computer (remember that backup method we linked to above?), then you’re already on top of this. Second, you may want to consider encrypting your iPhone backups with iTunes. Doing so means you won’t have to re-enter your passwords in the event you have to restore your device at a later date.

Now for the Android crowd:

It's World Backup Day! Celebrate by Finally Backing Up Your Stuff

How to Set Up a Fully Automated App and Settings Backup on Android

In an ideal world, your Android’s apps, their settings, and your system settings would automatically back up to the cloud so that if you lost your phone, bought a new one, or installed a new custom ROM, setting up a fresh device with everything in place would be a piece of cake. That’s not how it works by default, which is why we’ve detailed how to set up a fully automated app and settings backup on Android. Do it!

If you’re backing up like a champ, it’ll be exceptionally easy to upgrade to a new phone and take all your data with you. Good times.

Priority Three: Your Email

Most of us have had our email accounts for years, which means your inbox is more than just a tool you use to communicate daily; it’s also a shoebox of digital memories. So back up those memories, already!

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How to Back Up Your Gmail the Easy and Cheap Way

If your inbox suddenly went blank, where would you turn? This post walks throughhow to back up your Gmail the cheap and easy way, but many of the methods therein also apply to any email account, whether or not it’s Google powered.

Priority Four: Back Up Your Webapps

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How to Protect Your Data in the Event of a Webapp Shutdown (and Prevent the Problem in the Future)

In many ways, the web is a great place for your data. Most serious web companies follow a considerably more rigorous data backup and redundancy strategy than you do. That said, the world’s not perfect. A service might shut down overnight, or one web site might not be taking backup as seriously as they should. Here’s how to protect your data in the event of a webapp shutdown or other data loss. Basically how to back up that business.

Priority Five: Games and Media

If you’ve already got your most important data backed up, you may want to turn to less mission-critical forms of data—for example, your video games and media.

For starters, let’s take a look at all those Blu-Rays:

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The Hassle-Free Guide to Ripping Your Blu-Ray Collection

Blu-Ray may be majestic, but it also has more copy protection than any other format around, and playing it on your computer can be difficult to impossible. Here’s how to rip and back them up.

How to Rip a DVD to Your Computer

If you’d simply like to get rid of your old-school DVDs, hit up our step-by-step guide to ripping a DVD to your computer.

Lastly, let’s back up those video games. Unfortunately it’s not as easy to back up your games in a playable fashion across consoles, but we have covered some great options for Nintendo lovers.

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How to Back Up and Play Your Wii Games from an External Hard Drive

First, our guide to backing up and playing Wii games from an external hard drive lets you keep expensive discs out of harms way, decrease game load times, and organize your collection with swanky cover art.

How to Hack Your Nintendo DS for Easy Backups and Single-Cartridge Playback

Finally, you can also hack your Nintendo DS for easy backups, and even play a handful of great games from one simple cartridge.