Record a memo. Check the temperature. Schedule a meeting. All from the lock screen.

With iOS 7, we bring widgets to a whole new level. You can schedule an appointment, check the weather, take a note, set an alarm, or calculate the answer to that tricky maths question - in the notification centre, and on the lock screen. And for the first time ever, we're allowing 3rd party developers to code widgets.


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A custom newsstand for all your subscriptions.

Read all about it. All in one place. iOS 5 organises your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in Newsstand: a folder that lets you access your favourite publications quickly and easily. There's also a new place on the App Store just for newspaper and magazine subscriptions. And you can get to it straight from Newsstand. New purchases go directly to your Newsstand folder. Then, as new issues become available, Newsstand automatically updates them in the background - complete with the latest covers. It's kind of like having the paper delivered to your front door. Only better.


A better way to do to-dos.

Next time you think to yourself, "Don't forget to...", just pull out your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and jot it down. Reminders lets you organise your life in to-do lists - complete with deadlines and locations. Say you need to remember to pick up milk during your next shopping trip. Since Reminders can be location based, you'll get an alert as soon as you pull into the supermarket car park. Reminders also works with iCal, Outlook and iCloud, so changes you make update automatically on all your devices and calendars.


Capture the moment at a moment's notice.

Since your iPhone is always with you, it's often the best way to capture those unexpected moments. That's why you'll love the new camera features in iOS 5. You can open the Camera app straight from the Lock screen. Use grid lines, pinch-to-zoom gestures, and single-tap focus and exposure locks to compose a picture on the fly. Then press the volume-up button to snap your photo in the nick of time. If you have Photo Stream enabled in iCloud, your photos automatically download to all your other devices.


Enhanced photo enhancements.

Turn your snapshots into frame-worthy photos in just a few taps. Crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye without leaving the Photos app. Even organise your photos in albums - right on your device. With iCloud, you can push new photos to all your iOS devices. So if you're taking photos on your iPhone, iCloud automatically sends copies to your iPad, where you can quickly touch them up before showing them off.


Even better site-seeing.

iOS 5 brings even more web-browsing features to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Safari Reader displays web articles without ads or clutter so you can read without distractions. Reading List lets you save interesting articles to peruse later, while iCloud keeps your list updated across all your devices. On iPad, tabbed browsing helps you keep track of multiple web pages and switch between them with ease. And iOS 5 improves Safari performance on all your iOS devices.

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Independence for all iOS devices.

With iOS 5, you no longer need a computer to own an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Activate and set up your device wirelessly, straight out of the box. Download free iOS software updates directly on your device. Do more with your apps - like editing your photos or adding new email folders - on your device, without the need for a Mac or PC. And back up and restore your device automatically using iCloud.


Your inbox is about to receive some great new features. Format text using bold, italic or underlined fonts. Create indents in the text of your message. Drag to rearrange names in address fields. Flag important messages. Even add and delete mailbox folders on the fly. If you're looking for a specific email, you can now search in the body of messages. And with iCloud, you get a free email account that stays up to date on all your devices.


Get more perspective on your schedule with year view on iPad and week view on iPhone and iPod touch. Tap to create an event and drag to adjust the time and duration. Add, rename and delete calendars directly from your device. And view event attachments without leaving the Calendar app. iCloud lets you share calendars with friends and family, and it keeps your events in sync on all your devices.

Game Center

iOS is the world's most popular gaming platform. With iOS 5, you can get your game face on with even more Game Center features. Post a profile picture. Meet your match with new friend recommendations based on the games you play and the players you already know. Discover new games without leaving Game Center. And size up an opponent on the spot with new overall achievement scores.1

Wi-Fi Sync

Wirelessly sync your iOS device to your Mac or PC over a shared Wi-Fi connection. Every time you connect your iOS device to a power source (say, overnight for charging), it automatically syncs and backs up any new content to iTunes. So you always have your films, TV programmes, home videos and photo albums everywhere you want them.

Multitasking Gestures for iPad 2

iOS 5 includes a few new moves and shortcuts to help you get around even quicker on your iPad 2: using four or five fingers, swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar, pinch to return to the Home screen and swipe left or right to switch between apps.

AirPlay Mirroring

Wow your audience in the board room, classroom or living room. AirPlay now supports video mirroring. Which means you can wirelessly - and securely - stream whatever's on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S to your HDTV via Apple TV. Everyone in the room sees exactly what's on your iPad or iPhone display up there on the big screen - even when you rotate your device from portrait to landscape or zoom in and out.2


iOS 7 is compatible with:

iPhone 4S
iPhone 6th generation
iPhone 7th generation
iPod touch 4th generation
iPod touch 5th generation
iPad 2
iPad 3rd generation
iPad 4th generation
  1. Game Center works with apps that have been developed to work with the Game Center service.
  2. AirPlay is compatible only with the second-generation Apple TV.