How You Can Permanently Close Apps on iOS7
It seems like every time that Apple releases a new version of their phone and tablet operating system, iOS, there is something that confuses most everyone and makes it hard to use their devices for a good long while. Sure, change is inevitable, but many people have a little bit of trouble figuring out exactly what has changed and how to deal with it.
Apple’s latest release, iOS7, is no exception to this rule, and is perhaps the worst offender yet in terms of massive sweeping changes – but none of them have frustrated more people than trying to figure out how to close apps. In older versions of iOS, all you had to do was double tap the home button then close the apps much like you would delete them from the home-screen – by holding down on the icon then hitting the tiny x that would appear.
The process remains the same in regards to double tapping the home button, but now instead of closing the app like you would delete one, you simple have to swipe it up, much like you are swiping it off of the bar it resides on – much simpler, but very different.
In fact, you can even close multiple apps at once by swiping up with 2 or 3 fingers at once!
Yahoo News has put together a list of other issues people are having with IOS7.
How to stop the background moving
If you’re on an iPhone 4.s or higher, you have a new feauture added called a parallax effect: What is parallax effect you ask? Well it’s when you tilt the screen left and right, the wallpaper shifts slightly, making it look as if the apps on the home screen are floating there. After reading around online, I’m not the only person who got a little queasy after having this on for a while, along with some concern for what it was doing to my battery life. If you’d like to turn this feature off, go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then select Reduce Motion and switch it to On.
How to have full names on your texts and emails
iOS 7 by default goes for a more ‘personal’ feel by showing only the first name of your contacts on emails and text messages. If you’ve got several people with the same name in your contacts, though, this can quickly get confusing. You can change what names are displayed by going to General > Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and clicking on Short Name (under Contacts). You can choose to have your phone display first name only, last name only, first initial and last name, first name and last initial, or if you want to go back to your phone showing full names, you can toggle the feature to Off.
How to view Calendar in list mode
One of the more annyong changes to get use to in IOS7, is the new Calendar look — specifically, the hourly view was too zoomed up to give me an accurate picture of my day, and the monthly view wasn’t detailed enough. To get a better overview of what you’re doing over a day or week, you’ve got two options.
- With portrait mode turned off, move your phone into landscape mode and you’ll see your schedule for the next five days.
- From any of the calendar views, click the Search icon and it will show you all of your upcoming events in list view. Thanks to TUAW for this tip.
How to improve navigation on iOS 7 if you’re colour-blind
For people who experience various kinds of colour-blindness, the colour green and light colours on a white background can prove very problematic. Unfortunately for them, this colour scheme is used in spades across iOS 7. To try and counteract this, Apple has included two accessibility features which might help.
- Invert the colours so it shows up with white text on a dark background. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle Invert Colours to On.
- Add an on/off icon to all of the toggle switches that appear in iOS 7 menus. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and switch On/Off Labels to On (it should show as | instead of o).
Are you having any other problems navigating or using iOS 7? Let us know in the comment section below.