Exhaustive list of iOS 7 Features


Apple introduced iOS 7 – its new mobile operating system during the WWDC 2013 Keynote on June 10. It features more than 200 new features including an all-new user interface, Control Center, improved Notification Center, true multitasking, all-new Camera app with filters, new Photos app, AirDrop, iTunes Radio and lots more.

Here’s the exhaustive list of new features and improvements in iOS 7.

Design and UI:

  • No more fake linen and leather textures. iOS 7 has forgone skeuomorphism in favor of a digitally authentic interface, with a heavy use of blur, transparency and layering to create the illusion of depth.
  • The system font has changed to Helvetica Neue Regular.
  • Full Screen apps that make use of the system status bar and navigation bar.
  • Translucent design in tab bar, navigation bar, status bar, system keyboard, Control Center, and Notification Center (some translucent layers not on iPhone 4).
  • Opaque design in Alert view, Action Sheet and Share Sheet.
  • Borderless buttons in general.
  • Back navigation gesture by swiping from left edge of the screen.
  • New UI for arranging tab-bar icons.
  • System-wide dynamic font size, configurable in Settings.
  • Enhance the viewing experience of non-iPad apps on Retina iPads, remove the 1x and 2x toggle, apps are opened in ’2x’ mode by default on non-Retina iPads.

Home screen:


  • “New” banner on newly installed apps have been replaced with blue dots.
  • Built-in app icons have glossy effect removed.

Control Center:


  • A unified screen to quickly access toggles and controls for system settings and services, and for using AirDrop and AirPlay.
  • System wide, accessible by swiping upward from the bottom of the screen.
  • Accessible in the lock screen.
  • Flashlight (device-specific features that come with physical camera) toggle button.
  • Landscape support.
  • A grabber in full screen apps.
  • Mute/silent toggle button in iPad.



  • Integrates Apple’s ad-hoc Wi-Fi sharing feature AirDrop (iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad Mini, and iPod Touch (5th generation) only).
  • Alert view, for receive invitation from other devices, option to accept/cancel.
  • Options to set discoverable: Off/Contacts only/Everyone.

Inter-app Audio:

  • Register audio streams to share with other apps.
  • Provides for MIDI control of audio rendering, remotely launching other registered Inter-App Audio apps.

Notification Center:


  • Accessible in the lock screen.
  • Today tab, for previewing the events calendar, stocks, and tomorrows events; provides traffic info on frequently visited places.
  • Missed Filter – Can filter list to see notifications that occurred when phone was not actively in use
  • Bounces when swiped down quickly.
  • Landscape support.



  • Unlimited number of apps via folder subpages.
  • Newsstand app can now be moved inside any folder.
  • Transparent background
  • Folders change color when apps are downloading and clock-like animated progress graphic is superimposed over folders that have actively downloading apps.


  • A dedicated app (the previous version was a kind of folder), with short cut to Store.
  • Newsstand can now be hidden in a folder


  • New feedback when pressing a key.
  • Toggle landscape mode button.
  • The Calculator app no longer looks like a real calculator. The buttons have been flattened, there’s no leather texture in the background and the numbers itself are now shown in a very thin font.
  • The Equals button has become smaller, and the landscape button grid is now 5 x 10 instead of 6 x 8

Spotlight search:

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  • Accessible on every page of the Home screen by swiping downward from anywhere.
  • New animation



  • Redesigned switcher, with horizontal scrolling for previewing all running apps, and swipe upward gesture to stop any running apps.
  • Can close multiple apps simultaneously by swiping with multiple fingers.
  • Landscape switcher.
  • Smart background app running mode; fetches data based on network connectivity and user habits.
  • Use apps while the app is updating.




  • Dynamics animation for different weathers. (iPhone 4S and later, iPad, iPod touch only)
  • Shows sunrise/sunset humidity, chance of precipitation, and wind speed.
  • Can see multiple locations simultaneously when the menu icon is selected.
  • Can select GPS Arrow Icon at bottom to immediately see weather for current location.


  • Block list.
  • Contact pictures on Favorites.
  • Transparency in the number pad button when pressing.
  • Phone History and Voicemail Info options allow one to return the call in multiple ways including call back, FaceTime and Messaging.


  • New fields in Contacts: “Add Social Profile”, and “Add Instant Message”.
  • “Chat”, “FaceTime”, “Mail” buttons next to the contact information; no longer need to scroll down to the bottom.
  • Send contacts through AirDrop.


  • FaceTime Audio.
  • Block list.
  • A dedicated app on the iPhone, like the previous version on iPod Touch, and iPad.



  • Long SMS.
  • Block list.
  • No longer have to scroll to the top to access “Call”, “FaceTime”, and “Info”.
  • Contact pictures in group chats.
  • Ability to see the time of each message.
  • Drag the conversation bubbles to the left to see the exact time the message was sent.
  • Event and address detection in the message context, tap to open in Calendar and Map.
  • A contact with a nickname will appear in Messages under the nickname, rather than the full name.
  • New animation when compressing video to be shared.



  • Full screen browsing, the previous version only support in iPhone Landscape mode.
  • Unified text field for both URL and search.
  • Bookmarked website thumbnail icons appear when text field is activated.
  • Top-hit, Google suggest, Bookmarks, and History appear on the unified text field while typing.
  • Preview tabs are no longer limit to only 8.
  • Preview tabs use new 3D vertical animation for previewing the opened tabs; long press to edit positions, swipe to remove.
  • Reading List shows website thumbnails on the right.
  • Scrolls articles one-by-one vertically from Reading List, as per OS X Mavericks.
  • Supports iCloud Keychain for website login & Wi-Fi network passwords, credit/debit card management, and other account info. This feature was removed in iOS 7 GM.
  • Swipe gestures for back/previous history, as per OS X.
  • Parental controls.
  • Private button: enables “Do not track me.” feature per website within the app. Previously, configuration appeared in Settings for the every website.
  • Recent links: a reading list of all user’s friends on Facebook or Twitter post.
  • Reading List button: new round glasses icon pays tribute to Steve Jobs.
  • The .com button removed and replaced with a simple period button. The .com, .net, and .org domain extensions can be accessed by holding down on the button.
  • Bookmarks/Reading List/Shared Links tabs re-ordered/slightly tweaked.
  • New bolder loading bar, private browsing UI tweaks and tab/bookmark changes on the iPad .


  • Photo Stream video support, and more than one contributor per photo stream.
  • Notification Sync across different iCloud devices.


  • Automatic Day/Night Mode that responds to ambient light and current time to switch between day and night color schemes.
  • Turn-by-turn walking directions, with estimated time.
  • Maps bookmarks syncing.
  • Receives notification data sent from the new Maps app in OS X Mavericks (version 10.9).
  • A live compass at the right top corner.


  • App icon reflects the live time.
  • Timer shows in the lock screen.



  • New iTunes Radio service.
  • Scrub along the song to get to a certain part directly from the lock screen.
  • Download full albums from iCloud from iTunes Match.
  • Tapping a song in the Now-Playing screen allows users to rate.
  • Cover Flow: Instead of swiping though individual albums, one now swipe through multiple albums.

App Store:

  • Automatic app updates: switch to enable/disable in Settings, under iTunes, App Store.
  • New catalogues for kids based on their age.
  • Genius tab replaced with “Apps Near Me” tab. for app recommendations based on user’s location.
  • Volume purchase.
  • Search tab redesigned, the number of results appears on the right of the search field.
  • Circular download progress animation during downloading/updating in Home Screen.
  • Add to wish list.




  • Albums are organized by Places, Moments, and Years, using the EXIF data as the base of the collection.
  • Share Sheet shares photos to iCloud, social networks, and AirDrop (if available).
  • New default album “Panorama Photos”.



  • Control redesign: swipe horizontally to select the still images, videos, square photos, and Panorama modes (if available).
  • Live Image filters (if available).
  • SDK for 60 FPS video recording.
  • Pinch to zoom while video recording.
  • Redeem iTunes gift card using front camera.
  • Slow motion video recording at 120 frames per second.


  • New layout for Calendar list view on the iPhone.
  • Years view.
  • Week view.
  • Integration with Mail.
  • Integration with Maps, users are notified with transit information when entering places information.
  • Can now hide or show declined events.
  • Will support custom calendar colors
  • All Day toggle on the Add Event Screen instead of buried in the Select Time control.
  • Can snooze or View Event when an Event Reminder appears.
  • Can setup a second alert time for an event.
  • Can change Busy/Free Status
  • Selecting the name of the calendar month shows the monthly calendar.

Game Center:

  • Secure game scores.
  • Authenticated players.
  • Turn-based game modes.
  • Ranking-style leader boards.



  • View PDF annotation.
  • New smart mailboxes.
  • Improved Mail search.
  • Hotmail is now Outlook when adding an account, using new Outlook icon.
  • Flagged, Unread, To or CC, Attachments, All drafts, All sent, All Trash smart mailboxes.
  • Shake to Undo to un-archive something.
  • When emailing a passbook pass, it appears as a pass.
  • New animation when compressing video to be shared.
  • New animation when moving mail into a folder.
  • When selecting a target folder while moving an email, an iconic image of the email above the folder selector appears.
  • Have the ability to move an email to Junk folder when flagging.
  • New Print option available when Reply option is selected.


  • New design, mostly white.
  • No longer change fonts in Notes.
  • Can AirDrop notes.


  • Add a new Control Center.
  • Per app cellular data usage permission.
  • Per app using microphone privacy permission.
  • Per app using camera privacy permission.
  • Password required to reset networking and contents.


China-specific features:

  • Tencent Weibo social network integration.
  • Chinese-English bilingual dictionary.
  • Improved Chinese input including T9 keyboard for pinyin (Added in Beta 4), and handwriting recognition for multiple Chinese characters.



  • Updated voices, and a new male voice (in select regions/languages). English (US), French, and German will be available with the launch of iOS 7 (additional languages will be added over time).
  • Controls certain system settings, such as turning on/off Bluetooth, and changing display brightness.
  • Search from Wikipedia and Bing search engines.
  • Instruction “Launch Maps” gives users a choice between Apple’s Maps app or other map apps.
  • Navigation, access and voice are more natural.


  • Geofencing.
  • Ability to create repeating reminders has been removed.


  • Scan and recognize barcodes/QR codes.
  • Add gift cards as a folder.

Find My iPhone:

  • New version
  • Re-activation with iCloud account if the device have been wiped remotely using Find My iPhone service, to prevent unauthorized usage of the lost device.
  • Password required to disable. (Activation Lock)

iOS in the Car:


  • Providing iOS control to in-car control systems on some car models by selected vendors from 2014.
  • Includes Siri integration (eyes-free/hands-free modes), satellite navigation, telephony, music, and iMessage integration.

Enterprise and businesses:

  • Enterprise single sign-on.
  • Per app VPN.
  • Managed app config, for more efficiently deploying and managing of iPhones and iPads.


  • Setup and configure Wi-Fi accessories, such as AirPlay speakers.
  • Alert error message “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.” when connecting to uncertified cables or MFi accessories.
  • iBeacons: a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby devices, which serve as trail markers in a park, exhibits in a museum, or product displays in stores.
  • Bluetooth LE profiles; including time, notifications, keyboards, and stereo sound, which means a lot more notifications for your Pebble watch.
  • MFi game controllers.

Voice Memo:

  • New design.
  • Save to iCloud.
  • Share using AirDrop.

Status Bar:

  • Translucent design.
  • 1xRTT icon on CDMA iPhones changed from “o” icon to “1x” icon.
  • GPRS icon on GSM iPhones changed from “o” icon to “GPRS” icon.
  • Dots representations for cellular signal strength.
  • Battery Percentage in status bar for iPod Touch (5th Generation)
  • Icon size slightly increased for better readability on the lock screen.
  • The charging lightning bolt indicator no longer blinks, it is now static.

Lock Screen:

  • Charging the battery: rather than battery image on the lock screen, x% charged briefly appears under the clock, then reverts to the date.
  • Access Notification Center, Control Center, Music Control, Passcode.
  • When playing music, the lock screen will now display the time.
  • iPad has Camera control on the Lock screen, like the previous version in iPhone/iPod Touch.
  • Timer counting down is shown when the device is locked.


  • New first-time setup menus.
  • Boot up no longer shows spinning wheel.
  • Add Passcode Lock during Setup Assistant (added in Beta 2.).
  • Vimeo and Flickr social network integrations.
  • Italian, Korean, and Dutch dictionaries.
  • New fade animation when pressing the power button (time background and status bar).
  • New Tamil keyboard.
  • New ringtones and system sounds.
  • User is warned when plugging their iOS device into their Mac/PC, “Trust the currently connected computer? Trusting this computer will allow it to have full access to your device and all of its data.”

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Categories: iOS 7

  • Michael Ramirez

    If i have ios 7gm installed can i do ota for the official release version.

    • Gautam

      No it won’t be available as OTA, it will most likely be the same build number so you don’t need to update.

    • J-F Ménard

      The gm is exactly the same as the official release.

  • Fabio Santos

    Anyone know if will put Siri in Portuguese?

    • sprinxy

      It’s not in the language list

  • Luis B

    Does anyone know if there’s a quick reply feature in ios7?

    • Gautam

      No, its not there.

      • Luis B

        Sucks then. Is it worth upgrading to ios7?

        • Duston Foster

          No, the 200 + features listed above are definitely not worth it….

        • GlynT

          I believe it is but want JB as well.

    • GlynT

      There isn’t.

  • Damian W

    Safari on ios 7 still does not have a real full screen unless you go to landscape mode

    • GlynT

      It does on my 5 and 5S. It goes fullscreen when you scroll down.

      • Damian W

        You still have a visible bars at the top. Status bar and address. They just get smaller. It is not a full screen.

        • GlynT

          Touché. I hardly notice that though. Doesn’t bother me.

          • Damian W

            Chrome on iOS gets really nice full screen and it is noticeable. Once you have this tiny space freed up you will appreciate the slightly bigger space on your screen. I still like the almost “full screen” in safari. It is much better than before
            —Sent from Boxer | http://getboxer.com

          • GlynT

            Before I got ios 7, I have a JB iphone 5 with tweaked UI to look like the new ios. Also had a fullscreen tweak. May have been what I was remembering.

  • Stano

    It says under the “settings” list above that you can add a new control center?? That’s not possible is it?

    • GlynT

      That was incredibly misleading. The only thing you can change is the use of control center within apps.

  • jean

    does anyone know if there is group facetime available?

    • GlynT

      There isn’t

  • blkman73

    I was hoping ios7 would implement some type of password feature to lock your text messages, what a let down! Motorola had this feature since its first razr. Other than that, I like the new ios, but I am leaning more and more towards Samsung next time.

    • Raf

      Just lock your phone???

  • -X-

    wow. Thank you Jony Ive for making an extremely boring re-design and not attempting to fix what is broken. Such as, lack of quick reply, lack of personal customizing, lack of everything else that gives us reason to jailbreak.

    • GlynT

      Gotta have something for next ios release. They always limit new additions.

  • InlineR

    to Delete or edit text messages hold on the message you wish to edit and choose “more” to select messages and delete or forward.

  • Abel Goddard

    Was planning to upgrade my iPad 4, till I looked at my installed JB apps. The ones I love and don’t want to do without: 5 row keyboard, split mail, no lockscreen, iconoclasm. In that order. I still can’t fathom why apple won’t give us a number row, like a real keyboard has.

  • Lauren Ricketts

    Can you change the colour of things? If so where in settings?

    • Chris

      I’m trying to find a way to change the color of my control center :/

      • Oskar

        Things like control center, notification C. and folders change colour with wallpaper colour

        • lujcsi

          and which wallpaper can change the control center’s color like in this second picture?thaks

  • Ron Ramos

    Navigated to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Assistive Touch. What are Custom Gestures for? I created a custom gesture but don’t know how to use it. Thanks!

    • Chris

      That was a feature in iOS 6, you basically execute your custom gesture through the virtual home button.

      • Ron Ramos

        Thanks Chris. Pardon the ignorance.

  • City023

    Is this killing anyone else’s battery life? Mines draining faster than before. I turned off locations and whatever I could find that’s making it drain.

    • sprinxy

      Turn off Background App Refresh and Turn on Reduce Motion.

  • Chris

    I’m on an iPhone 4 through verizon, did anyone else lose visual voicemail?

    • Taylor

      My voice mail is there in IPhone 4 also with Verizon

  • LauraB

    I downloaded 7.0, reviewed all the new features, all seems there except in the Music App the new Radio tab is not there.

    • LauraB

      Nevermind! DUH! I turned off the phone completely, turned it back on, it’s there.

  • Hyns t Thomas

    Can anyone help, which one is good ios6 or 7

    • GlynT

      7 unless you have JB. It’s debatable then.

  • Chris

    I noticed you can’t delete music, by using the swipe gesture on the artists, but works on the individual songs. This feature worked in ios6. Did they remove this completely?!

    • burak

      try swiping from right to left

  • Eric Burton

    Does anyone know if it is compatible with nissans text send-receive?
    I have the iPhone 5 now and I am unable to send texts through the system.

  • robin

    having my texting and email have slow text input from keyboard. any suggestions?

    • GlynT

      Hard reboot might help

  • Enrique

    Can th white color background on the email option be changed ? its too white (IOS7)

    • GlynT


  • Eva

    Does anyone know if the background behind text messages can be changed?

    • GlynT


    • matt

      kind of settings -> accessibility -> invert colors (turn on) unfortunately though i cant find a way to not make everything invert color and thats dumb cause i dont want all my pictures jacked up

  • Mark

    Does anybody know if the wifi api (previously made private in something like ios4) have been reimplemented?

  • Siobhan

    So when all my safari tabs are closed, there’s a bookmark square on the blank safari page. How can I delete it or change it?! Its so annoying! And random!

    • GlynT

      Those are installed favorites. Delete from favorites menu

  • Rhoda

    Does anyone know how to close open apps?

  • BT

    You forgot unlimited tabs in Safari

  • Bo Guss

    The background of the task bar at the bottom and folders aren’t translucent on my 4S, like the pics show above. And the parallax effect doesn’t seem to work. Can anyone confirm if this is because I have an older phone? Tx.

    • RB

      transparency= settings> general> accessibility> increase contrast> OFF
      parallax effect= ” ” ” reduce motion> OFF

    • TinPigeon

      I also have 4S and do not see transparency in multi-task switcher.

      In Settings > Wallpaper, choose a dynamic one. The shapes move based on the motion (accelerometer) and tilt (gyro) of the phone.

  • Thomas Bartman

    Hey, now it does most of what my Galaxy S3 does!

    • LMF

      Not quite – unless it now runs Flashplayer too….?

    • Inyurface

      Yeah now the 4s wins not only by its reliability an ability to consistently run smoothly. But now it’s ability to do what your phone does–better

  • stacy

    I hate the new color scheme!!!! Are we stuck with this My Little Pony look???

  • EJBJ21

    How do I bookmark pages with the new iOS 7

    • TinPigeon

      In Safari, do a tiny swipe down to get the task bar at bottom.


    Maps features to add –
    • Full screen
    • When zooming in/out shows area measurement
    • When viewing info for a place, shows popular apps being used near that location

  • TinPigeon

    Reminders DOES support repeats.
    CUSTOM repeat is missing from Calendar and Reminders though. That was a brief stint.

    In Safari “show tabs” view, swipe up to see open tabs on other devices.

  • Mönchen

    I cannot figure out how to add an article of interest to the
    reading list in bookmarks

  • infamous

    ios 6 jailbroken is better….

  • Serena

    How do I delete items in the reading list on the ipad IOS7?

  • JB

    IOS 6 had the option of toggling between Bluetooth listening devices and the internal speakers–did that disappear too????

  • Amanda Martin

    Question – is it possible to sync Safari tabs via iCloud withOUT also syncing the bookmarks?

  • Guest

    Can’t believe they removed repeating reminders. Not happy! Any suggestions on how to do this in an alternative way?

  • Manogar

    Tamil Nadu govt should grant sales Tax and VAT exemption to Apple 5 phones which are now supporting the govt authorized Tamil99 Keypad.

    Initiative such as VAT and ST exemption to all phones supporting the Tamil language will make phone penetration and Tamil SMS usage more common.

    TN govt should also provide incentives such are govt usage preference for phones with Tamil T9 support and provide grants to manufacturers to add these on the handsets.

    • RS LFS

      check the app PonMozhi in app strore. The app has T9 mode tamil keyboard and handwriting recognition

  • Себастьян

    The repeat button, when I click displays a menu with the options. I miss the old repeat button, when you click once was repeat all, you click again and was repeat one, and them you click once again and was repeat off. Now is click and a menu comes out, then you have to select one of the three options. Its harder do that if you are driving you have to look the screen to see what option you have been selected. Or even if you are walking, have to take more attention to the task.

    I miss the old one button with three settings.

  • Guest

    my lock screen isnt translucent, its just a dark gray blurry looking screen…also when I type in the code. Is there a way to change that to normal translucent where photo in the back is relatively viewable?

    • Nick

      What code

  • Angfromhere

    Can’t change font in Notes, stuck with a crappy one. Was it worth “upgrading” I can’t see how, not with the childish colour scheme!!!

  • Larry

    Does anyone know how to remove the private button on safari???
    Apple just made it easier for my kids to search the web w/o me knowing where they visited!

  • Hector Hambides

    Does anyone know how to send a music file via email?

  • Elsa

    does anyone know how to change the color of your passcode lock screen? like the background color?

    • synkro

      you can’t. it depends on your back ground photo.

  • LB

    What car Charger/transmitter will work with iOS 7 on iPhone 4S? My Griffin won’t work anymore.

  • Amira

    How do un-bookmark a page?

  • DFK

    I find the new graphics much harder to read than the old style. I would like have an option, Herr Apple! And I hate coverflow!! I put my phone in landscape for GPS, and I have to operate iTunes looking sideways – very innovative Apple! Well done! What stunning technology- nicht!

  • case

    I do not like the IOS7. It’s not worth it.

  • Julie

    Padlock to unlock portrait mode has disappeared

  • cha

    can we change the bubble color in messages other than green?

    • Gautam

      You can’t change the bubble color. The bubble is actually green when the message is sent as an SMS (recipient doesn’t have an iOS device) and blue when it sent as an iMessage.

  • Ayesha

    I am facing a problem in my iPhone 5S. During the call if I press some numbers from the phone keypad, it is not recognised by the phone. For example, for selecting language option for a customer care. Please help,

  • Wendy

    how do you change the font and background color in the Good for Enterprise app on the iphone 5?