If you’re one of the 200 million people who downloaded the new iOS update, you probably formed an opinion about it one way or another. It’s made tech geeks laugh, it’s made children cry, and somewhere in the middle there’s a consensus to be found. What we’ve discovered, however, is that while many users are getting used to the new interface, there are quite a few features that you might not know about. Here are a few worth checking out:
- The camera: Waiting for the iPhone’s camera to focus can be a problem if you’re trying to capture something on film in real time. Now, however, you can press either of the volume buttons on the phone to instantly focus and snap a shot. Also, holding down the volume button while the camera is on will produce burst photos.
- Built-in level: Whether you’re building a shelf or hanging a picture, you can now use your iPhone as a level. It’s not all that easy to find, however: open your compass app and swipe over to the second page to use this feature.
- Call blocking: At long last, you can now block calls, texts, and FaceTime with your iPhone without acknowledging them and sending them to your voice mail. There’s a great how-to guide over at Wired on how to set it up.
- Cell data blockage: If you’re concerned about how much of your data plan is being eaten up by your mobile apps, you can now make sure your phone doesn’t needlessly consume those precious bytes. Your GPS app obviously needs access to cellular data, but you could keep, say, YouTube or Pandora from being used if your phone’s not connected to a wireless network.
Of course, iOS 7 comes loaded with hosts of new features, so be sure to play around with as many as you can so your iPhone can achieve its full potential.