Apple’s iOS operating system for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad has undergone its most dramatic update ever with the recently released iOS 7. Behind the completely redesigned interface with new icons and color schemes are several new features that make navigation easier than ever.

Quick Access
The biggest change with iOS 7 is the Control Center. Accessible with an upward swipe on the screen, it gives you quick access to several most often-used features: airplane mode, Wi-Fi control, Bluetooth control, sleep mode, orientation lock, brightness control, music player control, flashlight (new with this update), clock, calculator and camera. While Control Center doesn’t give you access to certain things that would be nice to have there, like settings and notes, it does make it much easier to control things like brightness or orientation lock with just a swipe and a tap.

Fast File Transfer
AirDrop is another new feature that can be accessed from the Control Center. It allows you to share files over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with other devices running iOS 7. You must have an iCloud account set up to use it. AirDrop creates a direct connection between two devices, so transferring this way is fast because the data does not have to go through the Internet to get from one device to the other.

The current version of the operating system is 7.03, with a few minor updates having been released since the initial release of version 7.0. The news media was quick to point out problems many users were having with the parallax motion effect in version 7, but if the subtly moving icons are bothersome, the effect can be turned off in the accessibility menu under settings.

iOS was originally released in 2007 as the operating system of the first iPhone. It was eventually extended as the operating system for other Apple devices such as the iPod Touch and iPad. iOS is only available on Apple devices, as Apple does not license it for use on other hardware. IOS is currently the number two ranked mobile operating system in the country, running a close second to the Android operating system. Apple has released major updates to the operating system approximately once a year, with minor updates coming as needed for bug fixes and slight improvements.