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[dropcap letter="E"]arlier this morning Apple rolled out the new update for users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Below are 8 reasons why it’s a step forward for the company and its users:

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[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMG_0209.png" type="subheading" alignment="center"]8. It Was Relatively Difficult Downloading the new iOS[/text_image]

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8. It Was Relatively Difficult Downloading the new iOS


For some reason, Apple had difficulty dealing with millions of users trying to download and install the same thing at the same time. Just like everyone else, notably Electronic Arts (with SimCity) and Blizzard (with Diablo III). It's "revolutionary" how Apple has finally joined the crowd, in failing to anticipate the spiked demand for iOS 7.

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[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMG_0246.png" type="subheading" alignment="center"]7. You Can Move Newsstand Into a Home Screen Folder[/text_image]

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7. You Can Move Newsstand Into a Home Screen Folder


It’s now possible to banish that useless (at least here in the Philippines) app from the Home Screen forever, by hiding it in a folder along with other Apple apps you don’t use. A revolution in basic user home screen customization, at least compared to previous iOS versions. FINALLY.

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[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMG_0253.png" type="subheading" alignment="center"]6. Home Screen Folders Can Now Have Many Pages[/text_image]

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6. Home Screen Folders Can Now Have Many Pages


Now you can bundle all your games into one folder, instead of multiple ones. It’s now possible to have all your apps accessible from one home screen! Another revolution in home screen customization. FINALLY.

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[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMG_0247.png" type="subheading" alignment="center"]5. Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Now Takes Less Taps[/text_image]

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5. Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Now Takes Less Taps


Swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen to access the new Control Panel. Here, you can toggle Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Screen Rotation Lock—instead of launching the Settings app and tapping through multiple menus to do the same. It's a "revolution" that introduces what has been available on Android smartphones for years. FINALLY.

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[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMG_0248.png" type="subheading" alignment="center"]4. There’s a Built-in Flashlight App[/text_image]

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4. There’s a Built-in Flashlight App


Also on the Control Panel: A button that turns your device’s built-in flash into a flashlight. In one fell swoop, Apple has made most Flashlight apps obsolete. A good addition, to be fair.

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[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMG_0244.png" type="subheading" alignment="center"]3. Switching Between Apps Now Shows You Thumbnails[/text_image]

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3. Switching Between Apps Now Shows You Thumbnails


Now you can see what you’re switching, instead of that old icon-only display. Pro-tip: to close an app (if it’s not working properly or has stopped responding to commands), swipe its thumbnail upwards. Again to be fair, seeing what was on your app before switching to it isn't a big deal (it's been an Android staple for years as well), but it helps.

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[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMG_0250.png" type="subheading" alignment="center"]2. You Can Now See the Time Stamps For All Your Messages[/text_image]

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2. You Can Now See the Time Stamps For All Your Messages


When viewing a conversation in the Messages app, swipe leftwards and you’ll see exact times appear to the right of each message in the thread. Now you’ll have ammunition for those “Why didn’t you text me right away!?” fights. Now if you could only edit the time stamps on your end to cover your ass...

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1. You Can Now Download Apps Larger Than 50MB Without WiFi


…But good luck trying to download apps larger than 100MB! I guess Apple wants to be protective of what people download through their 3G or LTE (sarcasm), even though the latter is much faster than many home broadband connections in the Philippines.

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Rico Mossesgeld

Rico is a frustrated writer, web developer, and tech blogger. Check out rico.mossesgeld.com for more details.

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