iOS 7 Beta Tidbits: Per-App Cellular Data Usage, Live Clock Icon, Panoramic Wallpaper and More

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While the most obvious change in iOS 7 is the look and feel of the user interface, Apple's engineers have packed the update with numerous changes both big and small.

    Here are a selection of changes noticed by folks in the MacRumors Forums and elsewhere.

    Cellular Data Tracking by App - In Settings / Cellular, users can track cellular data usage on a per-app basis. Apps can have their cellular data access disabled individually as well.

    Update Apps Manually - The App Store now updates apps automatically, but for users who prefer to handle things themselves, automatic updates can be disabled via a slider in Settings / iTunes & App Stores.

    How to Get to Spotlight - Spotlight is now accessible from the home screen by swiping down from the middle of the screen. Additionally, in Settings / General / Spotlight Search, users can manually turn search result categories on and off, as well as change the order results are presented in.

    Live Clock Icon - The clock icon provides the correct time, including a live second hand. The weather app does not update -- it is always partly cloudy.

    Newsstand Has Permanent Icon - Newsstand's icon remains the same regardless of what publications are inside it. The app itself works similarly, though the design is substantially different. Newsstand can now be put inside a folder as well.

    App Permission for Microphone Access - Apps are now required to ask permission to access the microphone, similar to how apps currently ask to access location data or the camera.

    Multitasking Switcher Works in Landscape - The app switcher works in landscape mode. Double-tap the home button to access. Control Center can also be used in landscape. Apps can also be manually quit by swiping up, and multiple apps can be closed at the same time.


    Skips in iTunes Radio - iTunes Radio listeners get 6 skips per station, regardless of if they are on the ad-supported or ad-free versions of the service. It is believed that the skips reset each hour.

    Parallax Everywhere - As part of the new 'layers' user interface that Jony Ive has built, nearly everything in the interface subtly shifts to give the UI depth when the phone is moved -- wallpaper, pop-up alerts, notification bubbles and more.

    Dynamic Wallpaper - Apple includes two 'dynamic' wallpaper images by default. These images have subtle animated bubble shapes floating around the background. We'll likely hear more about these going forward.

    Panoramic Wallpaper - In addition to the dynamic wallpaper, users can also set panoramic images as wallpaper -- instead of the subtle parallax image shift shown in the keynote, tilting the phone pans around the image. The stuttering in the video below is due to capture method -- on the iPhone, it pans smoothly.

    iPhone 4 is Responsive - One forum member who installed iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 said the device was as responsive as under iOS 6, though many of the UI graphics trickery is disabled.

    'Mark All' in - Users can now mark all messages as read in

    Share Passes - Passbook passes can be shared via iMessage or email.

    Navigation has Automatic Day/Night Mode - When viewing turn-by-turn directions, Maps automatically switches from day to night mode using both the current time and ambient light sensor to judge which is more appropriate.

    Dynamic Font Size - Users can select a system-wide font size for apps that support 'Dynamic Type' in Settings / General / Text Size.

    FaceTime Gets Own App - FaceTime has been spun out into its own app on the iPhone. Previously, it was built into the Phone app.

    Reminder Alerts Have More Options - Pop-up alerts from the Reminders app now offer options to 'Remind me in 15 minutes', 'Mark as Completed', 'View Reminder', or to simply close the notification.

    There are many more changes that will likely be discovered over the next few months as the iOS 7 beta continues, and there is a growing thread on the MacRumors Forums detailing them.

    Article Link: iOS 7 Beta Tidbits: Per-App Cellular Data Usage, Live Clock Icon, Panoramic Wallpaper and More
  2. macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2013
    Just add quick reply and I would be happy.
  3. macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2010
    Still can't believe Apple can't get the Weather app icon to show the correct forecast/temp. Seems like a no-brainer.
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2010
    Well the cellular data by app sounds cool.

  5. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2013
    Wow. Cellular data tracking by app? Didnt notice that one. Very cool.

    Anyone figure out how to find the old voicememo's yet?
  7. macrumors 68000


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I quite like it all.

    It's like Windows Phone 7 and WebOS had a baby, but Johhny Ive raised it as his own.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    Awesome. Apple has its mojo again. Even in the keynote, they seem so confident.

    However, lets first witness the forum users first heavily scrutinise the new design, then mock it, then accuse apple of copying Samsung.
  9. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    Can the automatic update be set to WiFi only? Otherwise, it's begging to be disabled.
  10. macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2011

    The notification symbols are on a different parallax layer compared to the app icons they qualify. There are several layers I keep on discovering.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2009
    I was looking for Spotlight. Wish it would populate results with me having to hit Search.
  12. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    Hoping Apple adds a darker black theme, the white keyboard is really throwing off my typing accuracy and speed. The whole OS has too much white IMO.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    You can choose on the current iOS and you will have option to manually update in iOS 7.
  14. macrumors regular


    Nov 30, 2010
    the more I hear about iOS 7, the more I like it :D
  15. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    You did not answer the question.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    I have read somewhere that the beta does not include voicememos.
  17. macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2013
    Vacaville, CA
    iOS 7 looks awesome from the little I've seen so far.
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Any word on if notification banners still block your back button. Can anyone post a screen of one? Super-curious about that.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2010
    Anyone know if the music player lets you queue up songs to play? (much like the newer itunes and it's 'up next' feature)
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2008
    Yes. I believe you can also set it so that it only occurs on WiFi and if charging.
  21. macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
  22. macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yes. Settings > iTunes & App Stores > Use Cellular Data

    "Use cellular network for automatic downloads, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio."

    Seems like it would be better if those three options were broken out into specific toggles, or at least one for automatic downloads and one for Match/Radio.
  23. macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    What happens when you don't have connection? It will start showing an incorrect forecast. Better to be a generic icon than an unreliable one. Clock or calendar obviously does not have the same dependance on internet connection.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2002
    I need Cellular Data Tracking by App NOW.

    I have some rogue app sucking up my cellular data, I had to disable cellular data just so I wouldn't go over my plan.

    We can assume from the iTunes Radio skip limits that Apple is having to pay for songs even if we don't listen to them... This is stupid, why reward artists that we don't like?
  25. macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    Ahem. (Clears throat.)

    "Newsstand can now be put inside a folder as well."


    Can we delete stocks now?

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