New iPhone iOS 7: What Do You Think?

So if you didn’t hear, Apple released a new operating system yesterday for the iPhone and iPad called iOS 7. I downloaded it last night and WOW, crazy different look and feel!

I thought I’d take a minute today to show you some of the differences when you download the new operating system.

First thing… the home screen. The old iPhone/iPad operating system seemed to have more drop shadows and shading to the graphics. The new iOS7 has very flat, more modern graphics.

new iphone ios 7 screenshots home screenAs you can see in my Main Menu folder, many of the app icons have changed, including the calculator, compass and contacts.

Also, if you swipe up from the new home screen you’ll get taken to a control screen. Here you can change options for your Bluetooth, brightness, sounds, and even grab a handy flashlight.

new iphone ios 7 screenshotsOne of the first notifications when you update your operating system is about the Spotlight search feature. Instead of swiping to the left, you’ll now swipe down to gain access. So swipe up for the control panel, swipe down for the spotlight search.

new iphone ios 7 screenshot spotlightAnother big change is with the Photos app. Besides the new look, your photos will now be sorted into collections based upon date and location.

new iphone ios 7 screenshots photosYour photo albums will also now include a separate folder for videos. And the camera? Well, let’s just say it’s awesome. Directly in the app you can add filters to your photos, plus crop them into squares (great for Instagram) or panoramic views.

new iphone ios 7 screenshots cameraAnother updated app I’m totally loving is Safari. You can see all of your open pages in a cool new view, plus the search feature is so much better now with autofill!

new iphone ios 7 screenshot safariIn case you didn’t know this before, you can double click on the home button (the circular button at the bottom of your iPhone) to view all of the apps that you currently have open. Now you’ll get a screenshot of the open app and you just need to swipe up on the image to close it.

new iphone ios 7 screenshot appsThankfully in Apple iOS7 they finally updated the sounds (found under settings). You can still access the old iPhone classic tones as well, but it will be nice to finally change from my Marimba ringtone.

new iphone ios 7 screenshot soundsText messages have a new look. Not too crazy about this change thus far, but hopefully it will grow on me (and yeah, that’s me and my girl Chelsea from Two Twenty One texting yesterday. She kills me).

The keypad in the Phone application has updated as well. Again, a little flat and bland, but I think the people with fatter fingers will have less issues, ha!

new iphone ios 7 screenshot changeSome new things to the iOS7… first up is iTunes radio. Umm… hello. LOVE! I use this all the time at work on my Mac Book so was super thrilled to have it available now on my iPhone. It basically streams music from over 250 stations. And the more you listen to it, the more it learns what music you like and will start playing the songs you love.

Siri also got a bit of a makeover. The screen changed where a little line shows the sounds wavelengths, plus Siri is available in two new voices as well (male and female options). And Siri is smarter than ever before and can understand more directions than the older version.

new iphone ios 7 screenshot newIn case you don’t know how to download the new operating system, click on the Settings button on your home screen. Click on General > Software Update. Then you should see a button that says Download and Install which will prompt you to download iOS7.

So I’m definitely going to have to get used to this new operating system. While the graphics are a little too flat for my personal preference, I do like some of the new features. And after playing with it for the past 12 hours, it is kinda like having a brand new phone.

So, have you downloaded the new operating system yet?
What do you think? 

new iphone ios 7 screenshots home screen


Holiday Scrapbook Paper iPhone Covers

The holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to update my iPhone case with some new bling. I have to admit… this project is so stinkin’ cheap and easy, yet my absolute favorite!

holiday scrapbook paper iphone coversI first posted this idea back in October of 2011 and it was a huge hit. Now I love updating my clear iPhone case for every occasion. But I think these Christmas ones take the cake!

Supplies needed:

  • Holiday scrapbook paper
  • Clear iPhone case (purchased mine from Best Buy)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Exacto knife

OK, I have to admit that a little bit of holiday help fell into my lap for this project. The small book of Recollections scrapbook paper I purchased from Michael’s was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT in every single way. It already had a scrapbook collage feel to it and the main part of the designs fit inside my case PERFECTLY! I mean, see the photo below? I may have gone into the robot dance a little bit upon seeing this awesomeness.

So I got to work and traced the clear case around the scrapbook paper. Use scissors to trim. Then make sure you trace and cut out a little hole for your camera as well. I found an exacto knife worked best for this part.

And that’s it! Make as many of these puppies as you want. It’s seriously one of the cheapest projects you can make and I always get compliments on my iPhone covers!

I ended up making 4 covers total…

Again, this paper is just straight out of the Recollections 6×6 inch Festivus scrapbook paper booklet from Micheal’s. Bring your 40% off coupon and score it for less than $4!

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