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iOS 7 Introduces Control Center: Quick Toggles of Settings

iOS 7 Introduces Control Center: Quick Toggles of Settings

The features for iOS keep rolling in and this one is a big one. This feature as long been overdue. The competition have been reaping the benefits of convenience of having simple access to settings.

It has been a pain having to push 3-4 buttons to complete the simplest of task like turning on Bluetooth, changing yo

ur brightness, and or enter Airplane mode. Well today Apple has announced Control Center. Very similar to the Notification Center, however Control Center is accessed by sliding from the bottom (rather than the top) of the screen to gain access to a series of shortcuts and toggles. You no longer have to navigate your way through the settings to complete curtain tasks.

The Control Center is broken down into 5 rows that include settings, brightness, media controls, Airplay, and Applications. It is simple and relies heavily on icon recognition. The design contains a “frosted-glass” style translucent pane which looks decent. The transparency allows for icons in the back to alter the color.  Over all though the design is simple and flat which is exactly what Apple is trying to do throughout iOS 7.

If you are familiar with Jail-breaking, a “tweak” that represents this feature has been available for quite some time for iOS users. Of course it required you to jailbreak. This is not the first feature that Apple has implemented in iOS that was born in the Jailbreak community. Most noticeably the Notification Center, a tweak first released for Jailbreak devices made its way to iOS. Apple actually employed the developer that created that tweak. It is nice to see more these feature coming to iOS. It is nothing revolutionary as Android users have been enjoying this feature for years but it is nice to finally have it on our iPhones and iPads.

As interesting as it was to see this feature announced for iOS 7 I found it to be foreign. It doesn’t feel like Apple. It is contains main options and settings that looks cluttered. The design clearly screens Apple but the layout and execution does not. We will have to wait and see how it performs once iOS 7 becomes available. So keep your eyes out as Control Center is set to arrive with iOS 7 in Fall 2013 for the public, while developers are getting a sneak peek starting today.

 

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