iPhone / 12/09/2013

First Impressions: iOS 7

ios-7-logoI’m running iOS 7 Gold Master (GM), currently available to developers, which is the same version that will roll out on 18 September.

I thought I’d do a first impressions post because it’s completely different, and there may be a few things you want to know when you upgrade next week. It will take a bit of getting used to.

You will immediately notice that the font is now a minimalist sans-serif font, which I love. The lock and unlock screen now looks like the below. The keypad colour is based on your lock screen picture. I don’t like the network bars that are now displayed in circles – takes up space unnecessarily:


The home screen as you probably already saw, is full of bright and colourful revamped icons. Folders are now displayed much larger and they don’t feel squashed. Previously, the search bar came up from the left end, now it appears from any screen by sliding your screen down, touching any icon. This for me, will take some getting used to as I launch apps that are in folders by using the search bar:


One my favourite features, is the addition of the Control Center (although, a few years late). You can access it anytime, anywhere, even from a locked screen. You swipe from the bottom edge upwards. It gives you one touch access to airplane mode, WiFi, bluetooth, do not disturb, rotation lock, screen brightness, current playlist, AirDrop, and AirPlay. There are also shortcuts to a torch, timer, calculator, and camera. That’s a LOT of one touch access features, which were needed years ago!


The camera now lets you take square pics, and has additional filters, which you can see in realtime and don’t need to apply it after.


I’m still playing with it and getting used to it, but overall, quite like the changes. Be prepared for a different experience!

Nafisa Akabor
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  • Kavir

    Wow, thanks for this article Nafisa, im looking forward to upgrading especially after reading your post ”,)

  • Guest

    Never mind iOS 7, great sword!

  • Charl

    I am still a dedicated Android fan, and the only shift I would consider is going over to the Lumia side of things. Can just say that is a great song playing 😉

    • Lol, the things people notice 😛 Look out for my Lumia 925 review soon!

      • Charl

        Looking forward to it.

  • Just noticed how my poor Vodacom reception actually is, that when my screenshots starts, it’s already at 2, then 1, and then no service! Ha!

  • Valentino

    Very informative! Can’t wait for next week. Will it also be available in SA on the 18th?

    • Yes, it’s a worldwide rollout! Just depends on timezone I guess, but same day.

      • Valentino

        Any idea when we might get the 5S?

        • It should be the second week of December, like the iPhone 5 last year.

  • Sameer

    I swapped my Lumia 920 for an Ipad recently… I dont regret getting the Ipad as I have never used an Apple product before and totally enjoy it… however i totally miss that Lumia 920… anyway… looking forward to IOS 7…

    • So what smartphone are you using now? I thought you were a Nokia/WP fan!

      • Sameer

        Currently using an S4…which in my opinion definitely overrated with too much fuss… there are enough capable android phones out there… as for being a Nokia/WP fan… I love the simplicity of using the device and hence missing it…. decided to swap due to the S4 upgrade but if I could do it again I would have upgraded to an Ipad and kept the Lumia and not even consider the S4 🙂