New in iOS 7: Scrubber bar on lock screen, Geofencing accuracy in Reminders and more

We continue to discover interesting new features in iOS 7 thanks to the developers who were seeded the first beta version earlier in the week.

Here are some of the changes that have been discovered in iOS 7:

Weather app

iOS 7 comes with a completely redesigned Weather app, which is powered by Yahoo. reddit user astraphobiczeus reports that the Weather app also shows the time of the sunrise, which is a nice touch.


Dynamic Wallpapers

One of the cool features of iOS 7 is the dynamic wallpapers that bring subtle animations to the home and the lock screen. reddit user MasterMarksman reports that animations stop if the battery life is too low. It’s not clear exactly at what stage the animations stop.

Scrubber bar on Lock screen

You will finally be able to skip to any point in a song from the lock screen as the music playback controls on the lock screen include a scrubber bar in iOS 7 as you can see in the screenshot below (via reddit user deja__entendu).


This would mean that iOS 7 kills the LSscrubbing jailbreak tweak.

Timer on lock screen

If you set the timer in the Clock app, then it now displays the timer in the lock screen just below the clock in iOS 7 (via reddit user IlDolceFarNiente). You can also stop the timer from the lock screen when its done. So you no longer need to have the Clock app open.


Alt text in Safari

In iOS 7, if you tap on an image to save it in Safari, it will display the alt text as you can see in the screenshot below. That’s quite neat. (via reddit user I922sParkCir)


Geofencing in Reminders

You can now refine the geofencing accuracy in the Reminders app in iOS 7. (via reddit user Phonzo)


iOS 7 beta Expiry date

If you’re wondering what’s the expiry date for iOS 7 beta 1, then it’s July 24th (via iFans). However, we expect Apple to seed the second beta version much before it.

These may be minor changes, but iOS 7 is turning out to be quite an awesome update.

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  • Lol

    Camera app ismuch faster at taking pics!!

    • Grayson

      He’s right it takes a pic way faster, especially for a beta version

  • boss

    “””These may be minor changes, but iOS 7 is turning out to be quite an awesome update.””” — when most of the people are hating new ios 7..why this site is giving over hype…!!!

    • Guy

      A majority of iPhone users will love this update. All you see is the people on the internet that don’t. The outspoken ones.

      I can’t wait for the release, myself!

    • Zangpakto

      Because it actually is an awesome update?

      As a policy what is better as a business? Amaze most people and only irritate a few? Or only please everyone and do nothing amazing because there are idiots in this world that will always try find something to complain about?

      I work repairing and coding with apple devices, and every single client I’ve shown the new iOS 7 on my device to has absolutely LOVED it, not one client has told me it is horrid since I installed.

      So to me in the REAL world, it’s been 100% success so far with people, online I’ve seen less people complain but the complaints are there.

      Yet like I’ve said, I see upwards of 40-60 clients daily and I admit I show off the new system as I officially have it. And not once has anyone responded bad towards the system.

      To me that indicates a success. Most people hating the new iOS? Oh yea, it’s called the frikking internet where people are attention seekers who live to moan about things.

      • King

        Hahahaha…then why did apple redesigned the already redesigned icons and then removed from website?

        Do you really like the settings which is black and blue as if some kid drew it….even dialpad is very silly….

        One expects better than ios6, not going backwards

    • AF

      Hate iOS 7? Who says so? Some spoiled users ‘I want this and I want that’? If you don’t like it buy another phone. The Apple iPhone gets perfected every year with needed functions and not useless gimmicks. And have you seen what the biggest concern for this new update is? – Its the new icons design. Who buys a new phone based on the looks of icons.

      • Capitan America

        I dont like iOS7, therefore I went and bought a Galaxy S4.

    • C, N

      In my opinion, the main problem with iOS is not so much what they have done, it’s what they haven’t. Given the new icons look childish at best, but it gives iOS users a new breath of life onto the stale OS. iOS7 will be a success for those already using an Apple device, and it may ‘encourage’ some inbetweeners to move to iOS. However it lacks enough new features to get Android or Windows Phone 8 users to switch.

      • iPhoneHacks

        Enough features as Windows Phone?

        • C, N

          Hahaha not so much Windows Phone, I agree with you there, still it has some nice things to bring to the table.

  • Ali Pressly-Shemiran

    It’s learning my morning routine – without me using the maps app – its cool but scary at the same time

  • Chris

    It’s a silly thing, but the alarm snooze shows a countdown on the lock screen, which for some reason appeals to me.

    So far, I like everything I’ve seen in iOS 7.

  • Abel Goddard

    I didn’t know until recently that I could refine the geofence in the Find my Friends app. I don’t use reminders very much, so I didn’t even think to look for the feature there. Thanks!