The Ultimate iOS 7 Walk-Through

Apple has made iOS available to public release starting September 18th, 2013. iOS 7 is a total revamp of the software. Every part of the OS has been rebuilt. iOS 7 will be available for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad generation 2, 3, 4, iPad mini and iPod touch 5th generation.  I am going to show you as much as possible of the rebuild on iPhone 5.  

The first screen you will see.  Hello will cycle through multiple languages.  As you can see, the typeface has been redesigned to be much cleaner

Language Selection

Region Selection

Wi-Fi Network Selection

Location Services need to be enabled to allow applications to know where you are.

You can restore from iCloud, iTunes or set up as new.

Sign in or create a new Apple ID

Creating a new Apple ID.  As you can see the scrollers for date selection are much cleaner.

Using iCloud will allow calendar, contact and document syncing.  iCloud will also auto back up your device.  Enabling is recommended.

Find My iPhone is very handy when you misplace your device.  Enabling is recommended.

Creating a passcode helps keep unwanted people out of your phone and should be enabled.

The lock screen is clear of any clutter. You can swipe from anywhere to unlock your device. You may also notice a grabber icon at the top and bottom of the lock screen.  More on that later. 

All icons have been re-drawn.

I am only going to show you stock applications. Apps in the app store may not yet be iOS 7 ready.

The weather app has animated backgrounds.

iMessage - Tapping on Contact will show me all of the information about this person.  


There are new swiping gestures in iOS7.  to delete a message, email or text, swipe right to left.  Swiping left to right will take you back to the previous page.  This works on all system apps.

There are new swiping gestures in iOS7.  to delete a message, email or text, swipe right to left.  Swiping left to right will take you back to the previous page.  This works on all system apps.

Calendar Week View

Calendar Month View

Calendar Year View

Event Entry

Photos are grouped into Collections (Date) Moments, and Year

Tapping and holding allows you to scrub through your photos

In Activity you can see information about your Photo Stream's.  New in Shared Photo Streams is the ability to add your images to someone else's stream. You can also share video.

Albums is where you will find your Camera Roll





Settings are clean and colorful

Twitter, Facebook, Flickr & Vimeo will have built in support

Video Recording. Simply swipe to the right to  change modes. At the top you have Flash, Timer, and Camera View (Front/Rear)

Camera - At the top is Flash, HDR, and camera rotation.  On the bottom right corner there are built in filters.  When the auto-focus/auto-exposure is enabled, you will see a yellow indicator.  

Live filters.  They can be removed or changed when editing photos in your camera roll.

Square will crop your photos.  Think Instagram.


Reverse Panorama. Tapping the darker section will start your Panorama from the right.


Sharing options.  I will go over AirDrop later.

App Store

iTunes Store

Music App - iTunes Radio is available within here. 

iTunes Radio is a stream radio service from Apple. It comes free with commercials or commercial free with iTunes Match subscription.




Game Center

FaceTime is its own app. FaceTime calls can still be made from the Phone app

Reminders. I'm a little mad at the Yankees if you couldn't tell.



Swiping to the right in the Compass will switch to a level.

Another Level shot



Find My iPhone

Newsstand - Side note - App can now be placed into a folder.

Newsstand Store

iTunes Store

Near Me - Displays popular apps that are downloaded around you.

New animations when installing apps

Another installation, take note of the transparent folder. There is no limit to the amount of apps you can have in a folder

Notification Center has dropped its linen and gone transparent. There are 3 tabs and it is available from anywhere, lock screen included. Today will show you the weather, calendar stocks and over time, the amount of time it will take you to drive somewhere.

All tab will show all notifications. The missed tab will show new notifications since the last time you checked.

Control Center is another new feature in iOS 7. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen will bring up Control Center. Control Center allows quick access to Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Rotation Lock, and Brightness. Also located here are iPod control, AirDrop, AirPlay, a flashlight, timer, calculator and the camera.  

AirPlay via Control Center

AirDrop is a new sharing feature from Apple. It allows you to share just about anything via Wi-Fi & Bluetooth with other iOS 7 users.

Multitasking now displays screen of yours running apps.

Swiping up on an app will close it.

Bluetooth Settings

Cellular Settings

Notification Center settings

Control Center settings

Do Not Disturb settings

AirDrop - Easily send pictures, contacts, maps and more with a simple tap. Anything that has a share button can be sent via AirDrop

Siri has gotten a nice new look, voices, and functionality. Siri can read your tweets, post to Facebook and enable/disable system functions.  

Search is now a swipe away. Swipe down on any of your screens to access the search field

All new set of wall papers and they are beautiful.

The bottom six wallpapers will be the default wallpaper to match the color of the iPhone 5c.

New ringtones and alert tones.

The previous tones will be available under "Classic"

iPhone can learn the places you visit the most. This setting will provide you with location related information.

As you can see, every aspect of iOS 7 has been completely re-designed. Jony Ive and his design team have pulled off an amazing feat in under a year. Not everyone will be happy with the redesign but it will grow on you and the change is for the better. I have been using iOS 7 since Beta 1 and it has gotten better each release. I am super excited to see what the developers will do with the re-design and new functions added.  

Written by Danny Tammaro.  You can follow Danny on TwitterAppDotNet, Google+