More Hidden Features In iOS 7 Beta
Make Audio-Only Facetime Calls
Facetime is Apple’s video conferencing solution, offering HQ video chat across any iOS or Mac. It simply blows away any other solution I’ve tried in terms of quality and ease of use, but it’s always been a video-only proposition, leaving me sticking with Skype for audio-only voice chats.
With iOS 7 beta, however, the company has given customers the ability to make audio calls with Facetime as well, which may cause me to ditch Skype altogether (though there’s still a cross platform ability Skype wins).
See Timestamps For iMessages
In previous ver. of iOS, the date and time stamps of iMessages you sent and received were printed right in the app, above the iMessages they pertained to.
Not so in iOS 7, with only a date stamp showing up at the top of each segment of messages that come in on a particular day. If user want to know what time those messages came in or were sent, it looked as if you were out of luck.
But wait! There’s more! Turns out that you can, in fact, see a time stamp for every message in the Messages app. Here’s how to access it.
To see when you sent or received those iMessages, simply launch your Messages app with a hit, and then find the Message thread you want to look at.
Hit on the name of the person in the iMessages list, and when the message thread opens up, swipe from the right side of your iPhone screen towards the left, and the timestamps will reveal from the right side of your screen.
Use The New App Store Wishlist Feature To Manage Your App Wants
In iOS 7 beta, you can add any apps you want to a new Wishlist feature, keeping the spending to a minimum, too. Here’s how.
First up, launch the iOS App Store and find an app you really want, but which costs too much for you to just hit the buy button. Note that you can’t add any apps you already own, nor free apps, to the Wishlist in the current iOS beta.
Once you find that app, and hit through to its main detail page, hit on the Share button in the upper right corner, now in iOS 7 it looks like a rectangle with an arrow pointing straight up out of it.
Once you hit that Share button, you’ll be able to send a link to AirDrop, through Messages, Mail, Twitter, Facebook, as a Gift, or just copy the link. If it’s a paid app you don’t own, you’ll also see the option to add to Wishlist, represented by a magic wand for some reason.
Enable And Manage New ‘Today’ View On Your Lock Screen
iOS 7 beta has a great new feature in the Notification Center system called Today. This is an attempt, perhaps, to counter Google Now with more useful current information available to you right on your iPhone or iPad’s lock screen.
You can enable the Summary, Traffic Conditions, Day View, Reminders, Stocks, and Tomorrow’s Summary right in the Notification Center, and make it available right on your lock screen, without having to type in your security passcode.
Add A Custom Station To iTunes Radio
iTunes Radio is here – and it’s looking pretty cool. One of the more Pandora-like options in iTunes Radio is the ability to create a station based on your favorite artist or song, and even mix and match artists for a custom bunch of songs you can play uninterrupted, like, well, radio. You can even tell iTunes Radio what songs or artists not to play in the mix, as well as manage which types of songs (Top Hits, Mix, Discovery) from each artist to play.
[Thanks Rob LeFebvre from CultofMac]
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