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It took more than five years, but Apple said Monday that iOS 7 will finally provide iPhone owners with access to toggle WiFi on and off, adjust screen brightness, and execute other common tasks without having to tediously drill-down into their device's settings panel.

Those seemingly trivial, but long-absent, capabilities form the basis of Control Center, a new feature in iOS 7 due for release later this fall. It promises to give iOS users quick access to the controls and apps they use most, letting them swipe up from the bottom of their device at any time -- even from the Lock screen.

With existing versions of iOS, something as simple and common as shutting off WiFi typically requires around 4 clicks -- first unlocking the phone, finding the Settings application, and then navigating to the WiFi controls. But iOS 7 promises to cut this number in half.

From the same panel, iPhone (iPad, and iPod touch) users will also be able to toggle Airplane mode settings, Bluetooth, and Do Not Disturb. Additionally, it will offer one click access to lock an iOS device's?screen orientation or adjust its brightness.

Music playback controls, access to AirPlay-enabled devices, screen brightness controls, and screen orientation lock are among some of the other controls Apple says will come built into Control Center. The base of the panel also links to the Camera, Timer, and Calculator in addition to the first official Apple Flashlight -- apps the company says users frequently need the most.

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Based on the beta of iOS 7.0 shown off on Monday, Apple also appears to building a new feature into Control Center called AirDrop. Originally making its debut a couple of years ago in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the WiFi service lets nearby Apple devices automatically discover one another and share files remotely without the need of a WiFi network, network configuration, or USB storage devices.
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I really liked the refreshed look until I saw the new settings screen..... Not nice at all.

Still, I wonder if it reflects the background, if so it could be seriously cool.
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"With existing versions of iOS, something as simple and common as shutting off WiFi typically requires around 4 clicks"

Except that shutting off WiFi isn't common since shutting off WiFi is unnecessary on an operating system that isn't an absolute piece of carp.
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"With existing versions of iOS, something as simple and common as shutting off WiFi typically requires around 4 clicks"

Except that shutting off WiFi isn't common since shutting off WiFi is unnecessary on an operating system that isn't an absolute piece of carp.

Because wasting battery life for a radio you have no need of for long periods of time is not "crap"? 

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Good news. :)

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Because wasting battery life for a radio you have no need of for long periods of time is not "crap"? 

 

The point is that a smart OS doesn't require you to turn off wifi when not using it in order to save power.  If you aren't logged into wifi then it turns itself off.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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Hopefully this will shut up the fandroids about a feature that I never really missed

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…shutting off WiFi is unnecessary on an operating system that isn't an absolute piece of carp.

 

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Still gets me… 

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The one thing I am desperately waiting for is a uniform look of the calendars on MAC, iPHONE and iPAD.

PLEASE let the buttons be in the same place, be it left, right or wherever - as long as I can click in the same place on every device.

Also, ONE double-click for creating a new calendar entry should be enough to open the editing window - it should not be necessary to double-click again.

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Gee, I shut off WiFi on my 4s all the time. Is that a sign its a piece of crap?
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And you got a nice purple pastel girly look to go with it. Wonderful
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Turning off WiFi..."Back by dope demand."
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I really liked the refreshed look until I saw the new settings screen..... Not nice at all.

Still, I wonder if it reflects the background, if so it could be seriously cool.

 

 

This is not the new settings screen. It is the new control center that lets you get to certain features quickly. You swipe up to access this panel. There still is a settings panel like before. I like the look of the control panel and yes it is  translucent to allow the background picture to show through. So it should take on the color of your background picture. 

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I shut off WiFi when it is worse than LTE, which is not infrequent...
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The point is that a smart OS doesn't require you to turn off wifi when not using it in order to save power.  If you aren't logged into wifi then it turns itself off.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

 

 

Different folks different strokes. IOS already manages power extremely well, however, some people want the phone to always look for wi-fi access points. Wi-fi is also used to better position the phone on a map. These in the background functions use battery power. The control center feature shuts wi-fi off entirely so the phone is not searching for wi-fi. Some people like to have more control over the phone. If you don't like it, don't use it. 

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That's one less reason to jailbreak I guess.  No need for SB Settings anymore.

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"With existing versions of iOS, something as simple and common as shutting off WiFi typically requires around 4 clicks"

Except that shutting off WiFi isn't common since shutting off WiFi is unnecessary on an operating system that isn't an absolute piece of carp.


It's very useful when you are in the fringe areas of wifi coverage.  It's better to switch off wifi and go into LTE mode.  Very useful when I'm sitting on the porch of my house or in the parking lot at work.

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That's one less reason to jailbreak I guess.  No need for SB Settings anymore.

Yeah, SB Settings was one of my main reasons for jailbreaking. Great feature.

LOL people should just enjoy whatever phone they prefer and stop being d-bags about other phones they don't use. Fanboys are pathetic, regardless of whether they are Android or Apple ones.
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"With existing versions of iOS, something as simple and common as shutting off WiFi typically requires around 4 clicks"

Except that shutting off WiFi isn't common since shutting off WiFi is unnecessary on an operating system that isn't an absolute piece of carp.

How about turning it on?
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Many times a wifi network is extremely slow... say at a friend's house or when at a public hotspot. In these situations, LTE is much faster so it is better to just turn off the wifi and use LTE. The only time I actually use wifi is when i need to use Airplay. 

 

Note: I have unlimited data so my preference is LTE.

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The point is that a smart OS doesn't require you to turn off wifi when not using it in order to save power.  If you aren't logged into wifi then it turns itself off.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

 


Many times a wifi network is extremely slow... say at a friend's house or when at a public hotspot. In these situations, LTE is much faster so it is better to just turn off the wifi and use LTE. The only time I actually use wifi is when i need to use Airplay. 

 

Note: I have unlimited data so my preference is LTE.

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The point is that a smart OS doesn't require you to turn off wifi when not using it in order to save power.  If you aren't logged into wifi then it turns itself off.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Then it never knows when you've once more come in range of the next WiFi base station (as it's no longer actively operating on that radio) and so that "feature" is rather useless. Actually more than useless, irritatingly cumbersome and counterproductive. I expect many people like myself, go from one known WiFi zone to another (home, to work, to various stores, Bryant Park NYC, to AMTRAK, and back to work again, then home): having the WiFi stay "on" to automatically detect and connect with those known stations is a terrific convenience. Having to wake up an automatically turned off WiFi radio because some overly "helpful" OS turned it off for me? Oh no that flavor of Gatesian Overlordship I do not want.

 

"smart" OS? No thanks. I decide when my WiFi goes off (which, truth be told, is rarely, mostly as above when AMTRAK slows to a crawl and I switch to my unlimited LTE). Just like the Bluetooth I never turn on.

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I really liked the refreshed look until I saw the new settings screen..... Not nice at all.

Still, I wonder if it reflects the background, if so it could be seriously cool.

It's translucent, akin to frosted glass, so it's color will be based on your wallpaper and icons.
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Hopefully this will shut up the fandroids about a feature that I never really missed


It will never shut them up because problem for them is not iOS but the ability to afford the Apple ecosystem and they think Apple fans are full of egos which they cannot stand.

 

Keep it Simple- You know where there is Success there are tons of Whiners.  Ask them you will get them Car, phone, laptop and tablet for free- They will select BMW, iPhone, iPad 128 GB and Mac pro. They will forget about Nokia, Samdung, or Ford!


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Many times a wifi network is extremely slow... say at a friend's house or when at a public hotspot. In these situations, LTE is much faster so it is better to just turn off the wifi and use LTE. The only time I actually use wifi is when i need to use Airplay. 

Note: I have unlimited data so my preference is LTE.

I'd do the same if I had an unlimited plan. Or LTE for that matter. Stupid telco over here forgot to buy the right spectrum license!
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I love the new OS and the new features are going to make my 4S feel like an entirely new phone!

 

I'm excited for the 5S later this year.

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I have Facebook blocked at my office- but my employees get around it by turning wifi off. So while I don't like that its easier in that scenario, you can see how it could be a benefit to everyone else.

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And you got a nice purple pastel girly look to go with it. Wonderful

 

Look again closely. It's a smoked glass effect. The icons below are what are causing the effect.

 

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Gee, I shut off WiFi on my 4s all the time. Is that a sign its a piece of crap?

 

I don't see why. WiFi goes into sleep mode when you're not connected to a hotspot. Meanwhile the Android powered Sony Ericsson that I have for work both the previous one and the one I have now actually requires me to turn off Bluetooth and WiFi when I'm not using them because I can almost literally watch my battery drain away. I don't need to do this on my personal iPhone 4.

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Because wasting battery life for a radio you have no need of for long periods of time is not "crap"? 

In my testing, the advantage of turning off the WiFi is almost completely "crap" based on the effort needed to do it. I have found the WiFi radio to sip tiny tiny amounts of power when you are not actually connected to a WiFi. What kills you is an active data channel.

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Different folks different strokes. IOS already manages power extremely well, however, some people want the phone to always look for wi-fi access points. Wi-fi is also used to better position the phone on a map. These in the background functions use battery power. The control center feature shuts wi-fi off entirely so the phone is not searching for wi-fi. Some people like to have more control over the phone. If you don't like it, don't use it. 

What is iterating, however, is turning off WiFi for location based applications will actually consumer MORE power by turning off part of the "A" in A-GPS. You will save a bit of WiFi power at the expense of greater GPS power. In real life usage, I have found iOS manages WiFi radio power consumption better than I can and turning ON/OFF WiFi from a power stand-point is mostly (but not completely) fools gold.

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"With existing versions of iOS, something as simple and common as shutting off WiFi typically requires around 4 clicks"

Except that shutting off WiFi isn't common since shutting off WiFi is unnecessary on an operating system that isn't an absolute piece of carp.

 

Unless I want to check my data consumption, which involves using an app that requires shutting off WiFi.

 

There are other situations in which I shut it off, too, that have nothing to do with power management. Sometimes I prefer to use my data connection to get around various port blockers.

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I shut off wifi when the network is slow or down.
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I love this new feature. I would love it even more if it would let ME decide which features are the ones I most commonly access, but this is an improvement and I'll take it!

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What is iterating, however, is turning off WiFi for location based applications will actually consumer MORE power by turning off part of the "A" in A-GPS. You will save a bit of WiFi power at the expense of greater GPS power. 

 

The GPS can access the Assistance server just as easily over the cell connection. 

 

Edit: Is that what you're talking about?  Because that's the A in A-GPS on the iPhone.

 

Or were you talking about WiFi locating, which is a different method altogether?

 

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In real life usage, I have found iOS manages WiFi radio power consumption better than I can and turning ON/OFF WiFi from a power stand-point is mostly (but not completely) fools gold.

 

Nevertheless, there are plenty of times (see the thread) where people wish to manually (and easily) manage their WiFi.


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I really liked the refreshed look until I saw the new settings screen..... Not nice at all.

Still, I wonder if it reflects the background, if so it could be seriously cool.

I hear you, buy I think the frosted glass effect and basic settings icons are clever....1smile.gif
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"With existing versions of iOS, something as simple and common as shutting off WiFi typically requires around 4 clicks"

Except that shutting off WiFi isn't common since shutting off WiFi is unnecessary on an operating system that isn't an absolute piece of carp.

I have a 5GB limit at home and my phone data is unlimited. I need this to toggle access to airplay or my Sonos system vs. Updating apps. or streaming media.

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I love the new OS and the new features are going to make my 4S feel like an entirely new phone!

I'm excited for the 5S later this year.

Me too! 1smile.gif
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I turn off WiFi every morning as I leave the house to walk the dog, because otherwise TuneIn Radio plays the NPR, "This audio stream is brought to you courtesy of xxx" message when I first start listening and it's on my WiFi, then again when I get out of range of WiFi and LTE takes over. Very annoying!

What I like more than that though, as a regular flyer, is the easy access to airplane mode.

I'm sure there's going to be lots of things in iOS7 that I'll like, but it's the airplane mode access that has got me looking forwards to it most.
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Damn I wish I could use this on my iPhone right now.
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"With existing versions of iOS, something as simple and common as shutting off WiFi typically requires around 4 clicks"

Except that shutting off WiFi isn't common since shutting off WiFi is unnecessary on an operating system that isn't an absolute piece of carp.
BS. I shut off my wifi every day at work and then turn it back on when I leave work. Quick access to this setting wil be very welcome.
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