iOS 7 running on an iPhone 5
Codename Innsbruck (7.0) Sochi (7.1)
Architecture ARM32, ARM64
Latest build 11D257 (7.1.2)
Release date 2013-09-18
iOS 7 is the seventh version of iOS. It was first announced at WWDC 2013 on 10 June 2013 and was officially released on 18 September 2013.
iOS 7 removes skeuomorphism in favor of a flatter and modern design. This would also be seen on OS X soon after with the announcement of
OS X Yosemite.
Apps have brighter and more vivid color schemes.
Many areas of the OS have been given translucency effects.
The default typeface is much thinner compared to previous versions.
A parallax effect has been added to the home screen, which will subtly shifts icons when the phone screen is tilted. It creates an "illusion that the icons are floating above the background wallpaper".
The background color of the boot screen now matches the device's front bezel color.
This version introduces Control Center, which is a collection of quick settings that can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb, brightness, and flashlight controls are included.
AirPlay, Rotation Lock, and media controls from the App Switcher have been moved into Control Center.
Shortcuts to the Camera, Calculator, and Clock apps are available.
The AirDrop feature from
OS X has been brought over to iOS. It allows users to wirelessly send content to other devices.
"Slide to Unlock" has been revamped.
Unlocking with Touch ID is now available for supported devices.
The iPad’s “Picture Frame” feature has been removed.
Spotlight search is now accessed by dragging down on the home screen.
Newly installed apps and recently updated apps now have a blue dot next to them.
Folders can now have pages (up to 15).
The App Switcher has been redesigned to show app thumbnails. Swiping up on one will close the application.
Notification Center can now be accessed on the lock screen.
Notification Center has been split up into 3 tabs: "Today", "All", and "Missed".
Siri is now always displayed in a full-screen view.
The voice for Siri has been updated to be more natural.
The male voice for Siri has been added.
Siri can now search the web using Bing and Wikipedia.
The Camera UI has been completely redesigned.
The "Square" camera mode has been added.
Time-lapse and slow-motion video modes have been added for the iPhone 5s.
The ability to adjust exposure and lock autofocus has been added.
The option to enable grid lines has been moved into the Settings app.
A new "Photos" tab has been added, which displays a timeline of captured photos.
Preset filters can now be applied to photos.
The iTunes Radio service is now included.
Music stored in iCloud can now be played in Music app.
Cover-flow has been removed.
Tab overview has been redesigned.
More than 8 tabs can now be opened at once.
Private browsing can now be entered without enabling it in the Settings app.
The New Tab page will now display favorited links.
The address and search bars have been unified.
The address bar will now hide automatically while scrolling.
Night Mode has been added for users who are driving at night.
A separate Siri volume control for turn-by-turn navigation is now available.
Support for turn-by-turn walking directions has been added.
The Weather app now includes dynamic, visual representations of the current weather.
Timestamps for messages has been added.
FaceTime now has its own dedicated app. It was previously integrated with the Phone app.
Audio calls can now be done with FaceTime.
The "Near Me" tab has been added, which recommends popular apps based on the user's current location.
Apps can now be updated automatically.
Find My iPhone activation lock has been added, which prevents a device from being reactivated if Find My iPhone is on without the original owner's email and password.
iOS 7.1 adds CarPlay, which allows an iPhone to run some iOS apps in supported car models.