10 Days With iOS 7

I'm sure you've all read review-after-review of Apple's latest iteration of its mobile operating system - iOS 7, and many of you will have already played around with it extensively.

Given these two points, this is not a review, nor an detailed overview. These are simply my initial thoughts of iOS 7 on an iPhone 5 in no particular order.

  • The refreshed Lock Screen is impressive. I'm currently using it with one of my old 'Desktop Friday' wallpapers which I've had as the background on my Mac for the past 5+ years.

  • Speaking of the Lock Screen, it took me a couple of days to realise you can slide to unlock anywhere on the screen, not just on the pulsing text. This seems a little strange to me.

  • Newsstand still can't be deleted, however it can finally be hidden in a folder.

  • Notification Centre's Today view is outstanding. I can't wait to see what third-party developers bring to this screen in future releases. Another tidbit I picked up on is the fact you can navigate between the Today, All, and Missed tabs by swiping diagonally rather than tap on the icons.

  • I love the new auto-update feature on the App Store. I was particularly happy to see an option to only perform these updates when connected to a Wi-Fi network to save 3G (or LTE) data.

  • I use my iPhone at two different brightness levels - maximum and minimum. I switch to the lowest brightness setting in just two circumstances. When I'm getting into bed at night, and when I'm running low on battery. No longer do I have to waste time delving levels deep into the Settings app to make this adjustment.

  • I love having quick access to the flashlight in Control Centre. This has allowed me to delete my prior go to flashlight app 'Light' and stop spending 99c over and over on each new flashlight app that hits the App Store.

  • I wish the iPhone was aware of your location and would automatically switch off things such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth depending on whether you're on-the-go, at work, or at home.

  • The fade-in/fade-out animation when locking/unlocking the phone feels awfully slow. It looks great, however I feel this animation needs to be cut in half (or sped up to 200%). In some instances it almost makes a modern iPhone 5 feel sluggish.