Everyone knows the curse of trying to find a particular photo in their photo gallery. Scroll, scroll, scroll.. and usually give up. Apple's Photos app borrows from its iPhoto desktop product to organise photos by day and place ("Moments") and then hierarchically into months and years.
The "years" organisation looks like a min-tapestry - but hold a finger on it and little thumbnails pop up, letting you go directly to a photo. It's very clever; it may be the single most useful user interface change on the whole OS. Aside from gestures, that is.
To go with its new-look interface, there are sounds aplenty. To my ears they're quite abstract and Android-y, though the new calendar alert sound is a welcome change from the "Beep-be-de-beep!" you hear all around the past seven years.
Multitasking and app updates
There are plenty of people who don't know you can double-click the home button in iOS to get a palette of recently used apps. (The apps won't necessarily be running, though.)
This lets you navigate to recently used ones more rapidly than clicking to the home button and finding the app you want. In iOS 6 and earlier, it was a row on the bottom of the screen; now it's a flat carousel in the screen centre. Apple has, um, borrowed liberally here from WebOS and BB10, introducing a swipe upwards to kill an app (much simpler than in iOS 6). As before a swipe through the carousel - more visual here - locates the app.
Apps can now update in the background if you allow them, say for messaging or mapping. And - celebrate! - apps can be updated automatically (bringing iOS finally on a par with Android). This setting is enabled the first time you log into the
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