Here’s another neat little feature that iOS 7 has added for those of us who use an iPad with cellular data capability. You can now see cellular data usage for all your individual apps in the Settings app.
This was possible before with a few 3rd party apps, but it’s handy to have this information available right within the Settings app.
You can find it in Settings > Cellular Data, in the new ‘Use Cellular Data For’ section. Apps are listed alphabetically an each shows its data usage in the current month. You can also use the button next to each app’s name to turn on or off its ability to make use of cellular data.
I spotted this via Mac OS X Hints.
iOS 7 made its public debut yesterday and judging by the slamming that Apple’s activation servers took, it looks like there’s plenty of excitement about the newest version of iOS. Hopefully lots of you have already been able to get iOS 7 installed on your iPads.
So this seems like a fine time to talk about some of the most exciting new features and notable changes in iOS 7 on the iPad. Here’s a quick rundown that does just that:
Control Center: This is a new panel that’s full of useful controls – lead by the ability to quickly toggle key services on and off. With a single tap in Control Center you can toggle WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Sound, Do Not Disturb Mode, AirDrop, and AirPlay on or off. From here you can also adjust brightness, adjust volume and use basic music player controls, start up the Timer feature in the Clock app, and open the Camera app. To launch Control Center you just swipe up with one finger from the bottom of the iPad screen.
So iOS 7 is set for public release tomorrow, September 18. It will be the latest generation of iOS, bringing real, intelligent multitasking; elegant app switching, a new Control Center for fast access to service toggling and more, enhancements to Notification Center, and a major new overhaul to its look and feel.
It’s also a 64-bit operating system, which should deliver an exciting performance boost for the OS itself and for apps that are rewritten for it.
So there’s lots to look forward to with the release of iOS 7 and it might be worth taking a little bit of time to get your iPad ready to make a smooth transition to the latest version of iOS. The one big thing you can do in this area is to get a backup of your iPad done today, or tomorrow at some point before updating to iOS 7.
You can do a backup of your iPad via iTunes when connected to your Mac or Windows PC via USB cable or you can use iCloud Backup. I much prefer iCloud Backup and restore for a number of reasons. One is that I’m a lazy git and if I don’t have to fuss with cables and the not-so-speedy iTunes I’m happy. The main reason though is that iCloud Backup is brilliant and a pleasure to use.
With iOS 7 due for its public release in just a couple of days, on September 18, I am starting to see a decent number of IPad apps issuing updates for the soon-to-be newest version of iOS.
Just today I’ve seen iOS 7 updates for apps like GoodReader, CNN, Photogene, Speedtest.net, GoComics, Quip, and Analytics for iPad. And of course I’m only seeing updates for the roughly 200 apps I’ve got installed on my iPad mini.
I’d say the pace of updates today is a good sign, and I expect this pace will only increase over the course of this week and the next few weeks.
Are you all starting to see a good flurry of iOS 7 updates for your iPads too?
Over recent months I’ve been running each of the successive iOS 7 betas on my iPad 3, and getting to know the soon-to-be new current generation of iOS. My iPad 3 is not my go-to daily driver iPad though. That role has been taken over by my iPad mini for a long while now.
Since we learned yesterday that the public release of iOS 7 is just a week away now (9/18), and yesterday the gold master version of iOS 7 was made available for developers, I figure it’s time to run iOS 7 on my iPad mini. I’ve installed the iOS 7 gold master today and my iPad mini has nearly finished restoring apps from an iCloud backup. I love iCloud backup for just this sort of scenario.
I’m keen to see how much smoother / more solid the GM build is on my iPad mini – and also to see how apps compatibility with iOS 7 is looking. I have over 200 apps installed on the iPad mini, so I should be able to get a good feeling for how quickly developers are moving and how fast the iOS 7 app updates are flowing. And of course I’ll share anything interesting that I learn in those areas.
Apple has released the iOS 7 GM Seed, or Gold Master, to developers today – and announced that iOS 7 will be released to the public on September 18.
The GM build is usually near identical to a final public release, and iOS developers have also been asked to start submitting their iOS 7 apps – and some already have.
As I just mentioned in my previous post we now also know that iOS 7 boasts 64-bit support – a very impressive new feature.
I’ve only just installed the iOS 7 GM build minutes ago. I’ll post again of I notice anything particularly interesting in this last pre-release build.
It looks like Apple may be considering releasing iOS 7 for iPad a few weeks after the new version of iOS is released for the iPhone. At least according to what 9to5Mac is hearing:
While iOS 7.0 for iPhone is locked for the iPhone 5S launch in mid-September, there’s chatter inside Apple about the potential of holding back the iPad version for an iOS 7.0.1 release between late September and October; perhaps alongside fresh new iPad hardware.
This would be no great shock of course, since development of iOS 7 for the iPad has been said to be running behind the iPhone ever since iOS 7 was unveiled by Apple. This was reinforced by the first iOS 7 beta coming to the iPad two weeks after the first beta for the iPhone.
Although I’m as impatient as the next iPad fan to see iOS 7, a few weeks more waiting for the final release for iPad is not a big deal. I do hope we’re going to see some news about the iPad from Apple in the next month or so – it’s been a long (calendar) year of no new iPad releases.
iOS 7 brings major improvements to multitasking on the iPad and iOS devices. For starters, it offers ‘real’ multitasking for all apps for the first time on iOS, not just for a very small, specific set of services.
It’s also said to be a very intelligent brand of multitasking, as per this little intro of it on Apple’s iOS 7 features page:
Multitasking has always been a smart way to switch between apps. Now it’s even smarter. Because iOS 7 learns when you like to use your apps and can update your content before you launch them. So if you tend to check your favorite social app at 9:00 a.m. every day, your feed will be ready and waiting for you. That’s multitasking in iOS 7. It knows what you want to do before you do.
Another little new feature with iOS 7 multitasking, at least in the current beta 5 of iOS 7, is the ability to quit multiple apps at once via the multitasking bar. You can use a three or four finger swipe up to close up to three apps at once. I imagine the three finger swipe works well on an iPhone or even an iPad mini. On my iPad 3 I needed to use four fingers to be able to quit / close three apps at once; with three fingers I could only manage two apps at a time. Those with larger hands, your mileage may vary of course.
Hopefully this feature will remain in the final iOS 7 public release this fall.
I was checking out a new feature in iOS 7 beta 5 on my iPad 3 today when I encountered this screen.
That’s the iPad 3 home screen at rest, as in not when swiping between home screens or anything. You may note that there’s a little something missing there. A little something like the last two icons worth of the dock and the last row of app icons on the right.
I’m thinking this is probably not part of the new minimalist, flat look in iOS 7. :)
In any case, these sort of funny little blooper moments are part of what betas are all about. The iPad’s home screen was back to normal after just a few touches and no iPads were harmed in the capturing of this screenshot.
iOS 7 beta 5 was released yesterday for iOS developers. As I noted yesterday, this latest iOS 7 beta seems a little more solid and a little speedier – as should be the case with each new beta.
One more little bit of positive news is that the Google+ app finally runs well in beta 5. In all the previous betas I’ve tried out on my iPad 3 the app had just consistently crashed back to the home screen. It was, in fact, the only one of my frequently used apps that wouldn’t run on the iOS 7 betas.
I don’t know whether Google tweaked something in the app behind the scenes (there’s been no update that mentions iOS 7) or whether changes in beta 5 fixed the crashing issue – but either way I’m happy to see my favorite social app is now working.
Apple has released the latest iOS 7 beta for developers today. iOS 7 beta 5 is available to install as an OTA (over the air) update via Software Update in Settings on the iPad and iPhone.
Apple’s servers didn’t seem too be getting hammered too badly when I installed the update earlier this afternoon – and the download and install went quickly for me.
One of the most notable changes in this latest iOS 7 beta is new Settings icons, as shown above. There’s some variety of color on these icons now, and they’re decidedly less spartan than in previous betas.