Tips and tricks for iOS7

Apple’s new operating system — iOS7 — launched in September for iPads and iPhones. The key features of this operating system have since been covered in detail. Entrepreneur magazine recently pointed out some of the smaller tricks and tips which will make using this system far more satisfying.

More powerful texting

Sometimes you don’t just want to read a text message. Sometimes you want to know precisely when that text message got there. With the new mobile version of iOS7, you can do this easily. As the Entrepreneur story reveals, you simply need to swipe your finger from right to left on your device’s text screen. That will retrieve the exact time at which your friends, family members and co-workers sent you the text message.


iOS7’s compass app is a particularly handy tool if you’re unsure if you’re driving north or south. But Entrepreneur highlights another use of this app: You can also turn it into a leveling device. Once your compass app is open, swipe to the next page. A leveling app will show up. And, yes, you can use it to make sure that kitchen shelf you’re hanging is actually level.

Better search

Apple’s Search feature has changed. For starters, as Entrepreneur notes, the company now calls it “Spotlight.” Secondly, to open it simply swipe down in the middle of your home screen. This will bring up a search — or “spotlight” — box. You can search for anything from texts and e-mail messages to apps, songs and contacts.

Posted on: 11.29.13