Soon, starting Siri could be as simple as turning one’s head. One new iOS 7 feature buried in the Accessibility settings enables an iDevice to recognize users’ head movements, according to blog 9to5Mac. Swiveling your noggin to the right for instance, can activate the home button, as well as cycle through rows of apps. These movements can also be used to perform other tasks, like adjust volume or open the Notifications Center.
*Note: These third-party iOS 7 observations are based on developer builds and as such, are subject to change when the official consumer version arrives this fall.
A panorama that spins
Messages subject to gravity
A subtle homage to Steve?
A pervasive parallax effect
Though things are looking decidedly flatter for icons and apps, depth won’t be an issue. This June, Apple offered a peek at how the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer will be used to create a “parallax effect,” manipulating several visual layers on screen to create a sensation of 3-D. Tilt that iPhone in different directions, for instance, and the home screen will shift perspectives.
Dial a number, see the background
All-new icons and design
London-born Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, was reportedly not a fan of “skeuomorphism,” the design philosophy that led to digital representations of real-world items in earlier version of iOS. So he skewed flatter and more translucent with iOS 7. That means new icons, including one for Voice Memos and a new look inside the app, too, shirking the vintage microphone imagery for a cleaner, minimal-looking graph.