Our Favorite Hidden Features in iOS 7

The long-awaited iOS 7 update has come. And gone. It’s been a week, and the new design has been the talk of the town: thin type, blurred overlays, and a home screen with depth. But what about the function? The details? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite aspects of the latest and greatest Apple update.

Swipe to Close Safari Tabs


Safari has a new 3D interface to scroll through your tabs, as you’ve probably noticed, with “X”s on the upper left for closing a tab. It’s straightforward, but if you’re deep in the internet rabbit hole and have lots of tabs to close, save some time by swiping that tab away to the left.

See Timestamps!


No more vague idea of what time a message was sent or received. Touch a speech bubble in any conversation and swipe to the left, revealing those handy little timestamps.

Fix that Shortened Battery Life


An added convenience in iOS 7 is that by default, apps can download new content in the background using WiFi or cellular. It’s nice, but if you’re stretching your batter life as-is, you might want to dive into the Background Refresh section of your general settings.

Customize Your Vibration


Inside Ringtone options, Create New Vibration allows you to set your own buzzin’. Not necessary or particularly useful? Also it isn’t new, but we didn’t know about it until now.

Train Siri


You have to appreciate her attempts, but how often has Siri majorly missed the mark when it comes to pronouncing any words that aren’t in the dictionary? Just say “that’s not how you pronounce that,” and run through a quick exercise with her. Problem solved.

Any hidden features you’ve found useful? Let us know in the comments below.

image credits: Tech Crunch and The Verge

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