With all the big changes in iOS 7, it’s fun to look at some of those little, more subtle things that have been added.

Although it may not be a big deal to many people, I really appreciate that the photo that appears on the lock screen is now full-screen and not placed between black borders.
The clock app icon now shows real time rather than a fixed time as it did in all previous iOS versions. The calendar app has always shown the date. What’s missing still is the weather app — the fixed temperature is now gone in iOS 7, and what we’re left with is a picture of some clouds.

The compass app also has some nice changes. The flat redesign is appealing, and now if you swipe the compass screen you get a built-in level. It’s great for straightening pictures on the wall!

Folders have much more capacity now. Under iOS 6, you could place 16 apps in a folder. With iOS 7, I could place all the apps on my phone in one folder, although that would be a terrible idea. iOS 7 lets you have 9 apps per page and 14 pages in a folder — that’s 126 apps in each folder. You can’t, however, have folders inside folders. Apple also made a lot of people happy by adding the ability to move Newsstand into another folder.

Also subtle — but helpful — is the little blue dot next to an app name if the app has never been opened. It’s a handy reminder if you download apps and then forget to check them out.

Finally, here is a really subtle change. When you lock the phone, or unlock it, the screen quickly fades in and out. It’s no longer an instant black screen or an appearance of the home screen; instead there’s a polished transition between the

There are a lot of other nice features you’ll discover as you use iOS 7. It’s a big change from what has come before and some of the little, less dramatic changes are not earth-shaking, but make using the new iOS a really satisfying experience.

iOS 7: The little things originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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