iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

How to use iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

iOS 7 brings with it a host of new features for iPhone and iPad. In addition to the iPhone 5s-specific Touch ID, there's Control Center and an updated Notification Center, and both can now be accessed via the Lock screen. There's AirDrop for iOS, new features in Safari including iCloud Keychain, filters in Camera and Photos, and much, much more. Finding them all can take some time. Figuring them all out even more so. That's where iMore's ultimate guide to iOS 7 comes in. If you're new to the iPhone or iPad, this is where you should start. If you've been using the iPhone or iPad for a while, this is where you should your family, friends, and colleagues!

How to use the Lock screen on iPhone or iPad

How to use the Lock screen on iPhone or iPad: The ultimate guide

The Lock screen exists in between states, when your iPhone or iPad is no longer asleep, but is also not yet open and fully functional. It can protect your device from unauthorized access and actions by a simple slide-to-unlock gesture, by a 4 number pin-code, by a strong alpha-numeric password, or Apple's Touch ID fingerprint identity scanner. Yet the Lock screen can be functional as well. If you want to, you can access Notification Center and Control Center, the Camera, and Siri. On the iPhone, you can even make emergency calls. Yes, the Lock screen can be secure or it can be convenient, it's entirely up to you!

How to use Touch ID

How to use Touch ID: The ultimate guide

Touch ID is Apple's biometric fingerprint authentication technology. With it, the Home button can now unlock your iPhone 5s and authorize your purchases on the iTunes Store simply by reading and recognizing your fingerprints. In the perpetual battle between security and convenience, where many people would rather go without a passcode or strong password than fuss with anything complicated on mobile, Apple's Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor aims to do for authentication what iCloud did for backup and restore - make it easy enough that people will actually use it.

How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad

How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

Siri is the name of Apple's personal digital assistant. It's basically voice control that talks back to you, that understands relationships and context, and with a personality straight out of Pixar. Ask Siri questions, or ask Siri to do things for you, just like you would ask a real assistant, and Siri will help keep you connected, informed, in the right place, and on time. You can even use Siri's built in dictation feature to enter text almost everywhere by simply using your voice.

How to use the Home screen on iPhone or iPad

How to use the Home screen on iPhone or iPad: The ultimate guide

The Home screen — known behind the scenes as SpringBoard — is the central hub of iPhone and iPad activity. It's not a destination. You're not meant to linger there and stare. It's a transport, a gateway. It's what gets you to your apps and your content. From the Home screen you can tap app and game icons, music and video players, web browsers and online stores. You can also access Spotlight to quickly search for apps, content, and more, and invoke Multitasking, Notification Center, Control Center, Siri, and more.

How to use Control Center

How to use Control Center: The ultimate guide

Control Center makes it easier than ever to toggle Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Orientation Lock, to adjust brightness, to control media playback, to get to AirDrop, and AirPlay, and turn on flashlight, and to get to Timer, Calculator, and Camera. It sounds simple because it is, but there are still a few tricks and settings worth knowing about!

How to use Notification Center for iPhone and iPad

Notification Center is Apple's attempt to bring order and sanity to the myriad alarms, alerts, messages, calls, announcements, and challenges that flood our iPhones, iPods, and iPads every day. With Notification Center, you can choose on an app-by-app basis between unobtrusive banners, un-ignorable popups, and between beeps, buzzes, or nothing at all. You can badge your icons so you know how many items you have pending, and you can have everything listed for you right on your Lock screen, so you know about it immediately, or whenever you're ready. When too many notifications become interruptions, you can set a timer or flip a switch and silence it all for as little or as long as you want.

How to use AirDrop for iPhone and iPad

AirDrop began as an OS X Lion feature that let Mac users easily beam files to each other over an ad-hoc Wi-Fi connection. After several attempts to bring it to iOS were rejected for not being accessible enough to mainstream customers, a new version was developed specifically iOS 7 that's simpler and more obvious. Unfortunately, despite sharing the same name, the iOS version uses a different protocol from the Mac version, and that means — for now — it can only be used to send data between iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. If that's all you want to do, whether you're in the same office, school, home, park, plane, or anywhere within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range, AirDrop is reasonably quick and incredibly convenient.

How to use iMessage for iPhone and iPad

How to use iMessage: The ultimate guide!

iMessage is Apple's proprietary service that allows you to send and receive free, SMS- and MMS-like messages on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from any other iMessage user. Not only can you send regular text, photo, and video messages with iMessage, but contacts, voice memos, and locations as well. iMessage works on any device running iOS 5 or higher, and any Mac running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or higher. Whether you need help setting up or using any or all of the features, you've come to the right place!

How to use Calendar for iPhone and iPad

Calendar: The ultimate guide

Calendars help you keep track of what you're doing and when, which is why it's always been one of the core apps on mobile devices from the earliest PDA (personal digital assistants), to the latest iPhones and iPads. That why, when iOS launched in 2007, it included a Calendar app. Whether you simply use Calendar by itself, or whether you sync it via iCloud, Google Calendar, Microsoft, or something else, it's the default way to add and find appointments and events.

How to use Camera for iPhone and iPad

How to use Camera for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

If the iPhone — or iPod touch or iPad — is the best camera you have with you, the the Camera app has to be one of the best, and most important apps on your device. With it, you can capture those magic moments with your family and friends, at work or at play, at home or on vacation, in your backyard or atop a mountain halfway around the world. From front- to rear-facing, still photos regular, square, or panoramic, to video and slow motion video, with built in high dynamic range (HDR), burst mode, filters, and more, the Camera app has a ton of functionality and options. Here's how to get started

How to use Photos for iPhone and iPad

How to use Photos for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

The Photos app is a repository for all the pictures and videos you shoot or save to your iPhone or iPad. Not only can you use the iOS Photos app to organize and find those special moments and memories you've recorded, but you can use it to share them directly, through social networks, on the big screen, as prints, and more. You can also edit them to enhance their looks, add filters, fix redeye, and crop them just so. And coming soon with iOS 8, you be able to do even more, including much more advanced, granular editing, and Photos Extensions so other apps and their editing tools can hook right in. Whether you're new to iPhone or iPad and want to get started, or you just want a handy link to share with your friends, family, and colleagues who might just be getting started, you've come to the right place!

How to use Weather for iPhone

How to use Weather for iPhone: The ultimate guide

The Weather app for iPhone is elegant but bare-bones. There are subtle, beautiful animations but nothing like radar maps to keep the really weather geeks happy. Still, you can check the temperature in celsius or fahrenheit, see hourly forecasts for the current day and daily forecasts for the next five days. You can also get humidity, chance of precipitation, and wind data for your current location or any major location, anywhere in the world. You can even access an overview in Notification Center or use Siri to access any and all of it.

How to use Safari for iPhone and iPad

Apple's web browser, Safari now includes a new, unified address and search bar that's smarter than ever, a new rolodex-like tab interface on the iPhone, an easier-to-access Private browsing mode, a much-improved Reading List with continuous scrolling between articles, and a similar Shared Links list that surfaces great stuff from the people we follow. Then there's iCloud Keychain, a simple way to generate, store, fill, and sync passwords, and use credit cards, between all your Apple devices. Finding it all, never mind figuring it all out, can take a little time. That's why we make ultimate guides, and why we made this ultimate guide to Safari!

How to use iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain: Ultimate guide

iCloud Keychain is Apple's attempt to make a basic level of password management available to the mainstream. With it, your account names, passwords, and credit cards numbers can be stored in iCloud, and synced across all iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks devices that are logged in under the same Apple ID. In conjunction with Safari, it can also generate new, unique passwords, and autofill them when and as needed. All with 256-bit AES encryption. So, Apple has made it easier than ever to manage your passwords, but not necessarily simpler. Here's how it all works!

How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad

How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, allow you to set what your children can and can't access on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. With Parental Controls, you can lock out Safari, Camera, FaceTime, Siri, AirDrop, CarPlay, the iTunes, iBooks, Podcasts, or App Stores (including in-app purchases), as well as content by age rating, and the ability to make changes to accounts and other app settings. In other words, they're a way to block your child's access to anything and everything you deem inappropriate for them based on their age and sensitivity, and your own best judgement. And they're part of what make Apple devices an ideal computing platform for kids!

How to use Accessibility for iPhone and iPad

How to use Accessibility on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

Accessibility — also referred to as inclusivity — is all about making the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad work for as wide a range of people as possible. That can include the very young, the very old, people brand new to computers and mobile devices, and also people with disabilities and special needs. With iOS, Apple has added features to specifically help those with visual impairments, including blindness, color blindness, and low vision, with auditory impairments including deafness in one or both ears, physical or motor skill impairments, including limited coordination or range of motion, and learning challenges, including autism and dyslexia. It also includes general features, like Siri and FaceTime which can provide significant value for the blind or the deaf. Many of these features can be found in Settings, all of them can be found on the iPhone and iPad.

How to get more help with iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad

If you need more help, a more general overview of features, to answers to specific questions about iOS 7 and how it works on the iPhone and iPad, here's where you can go!

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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