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iOS 7 – What Is Control Center?

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Control Center is a new feature in iOS 7, and it is one that is long overdue.

So what is Control Center?  It is a few essential settings and apps in one very convenient place.  And it is accessible everywhere!  Well, with the exception of when you are punching in you Passcode, and the lock screen if you choose to disable it.

How do you access Control Center?  Nice and easy.  All it takes is a simple upward swipe from the bottom edge of the screen.  And you get rid of it just as fast with a swipe in the opposite direction.

So what is there?  I’ll start from the top and work my way down.

Along the top row you will find On/Off switches for Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Portrait Orientation Lock.

Just below that you will find a slider for your screen brightness.  It appears to work just as it did with iOS 6, which, if you are interested, is explained here.

Next you will find the iPod controls.  The controls are similar to those found when double-clicking the home button on the lock screen.  But they have added a scrubber to fast-forward or rewind your tunes.

Below the iPod controls you will find controls for AirDrop and AirPlay.  AirPlay has been around for a while and allows you to change the device your music or videos play from, like an Apple TV.  AirDrop has been around for Mac users since OS X Lion.  It allows users to share files over their local network.  AirDrop for iPhone is similar, but it uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  Also, AirDrop is only available on the iPhone 5, iPad (4th gen), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th gen).

Along the bottom are 4 more apps.

The first is a flashlight app.  Honestly I have never even downloaded any of the free flashlight apps from the app store.  I have always just used the light from the front of the screen if I needed it.  But since having a flashlight app that accessible, I can honestly say I have used it countless times.  If those other apps had the ability to be this fast to find and activate I would have probably downloaded one.

The last three are the Apple Clock, Calculator, and Camera apps.  All of which have been given a new skin and new feel.  The most notable overhaul is the Camera app, which will require its own article to cover the changes and additions.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Control Center is available almost everywhere.  However, there may be some of you who do not want anyone to be able to access this from your lock screen.  If this is you, disabling this option is pretty easy.  It can be found by going to Settings > Control Center.  In fact, its the only option inside so it should be pretty easy to find.

Hope you all enjoy iOS 7 Control Center when it comes out.  You know I am!

Happy iOSing,

Ryan

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