A Little Detail of iOS 7: Did you notice? Your clock icon is now a Working Clock

photo-1.PNGIf you are not new to the iPhone or iPad, you are familiar with the clock icon, which for quite a long time has looked kind of like this:

It was always 10:15. :lol:

But in iOS 7, they tweaked that icon.

The clock icon now WORKS.

Go ahead… look closely.

The clock icon is now a … well, it’s a clock. :)

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I don’t know how useful this is, because it is much easier to just look at the time on the top of your iPhone, and not strain your eyes looking for the little clock. But, still, it is kind of fun to have a “working” icon.

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How to Access the New Control Center in iOS 7

Screen shot 2013-10-06 at 4.50.18 PMOn this blog we will be exploring one feature of iOS 7 at a time, and so every few days I’ll toss another here on the blog to look at more closely.

Just ONE at a time.

Slow and steady.

That’s how we “everyday folks” can cope with all this stuff. :)

The iOS 7 designers decided that it would be helpful to have an easily accessible Control Center with many frequently used functions …. and so they made one.

I guess this is one of those things that some people really love and can’t live without. I am not one of those people.

It’s ok. Maybe I’ll grow to love it. But for now, it’s just ok. I suppose if you are someone who needs to adjust many of these things frequently, then you’ll feel differently and will embrace this new feature.

The Control Panel enables you to access things quickly instead of navigating through a bunch of steps (like getting to Wifi, for example).

Here is how to access your new Control Center:

From any screen on your iPhone, swipe UP from the bottom of the screen. There it is! Your official Control Center.

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Take a careful look at the control center screen. From here you can quickly access all kinds of things: wifi, bluetooth, brightness, the clock, the camera, just to name a few. Just tap any of the representative symbols to do the deed.

The beauty of this is that you can call it up from where ever you are. If you have 9 pages of icons, for example, and you’re on page 9, you can bring up the control center in an instant and use the Camera that might be living way back on page one. I’ll admit, that’s kind of handy. You can even access it from the lock screen, and apps.

However, it may possibly interfere with some apps, so you might want to tweak this.  If you go to Settings > Control Center, you can disable access from the lock screen or from within apps.

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Zen in the Morning: Progressive Alarm Clock

I do not enjoy walking up to an alarm. There is something just so horribly jarring about “sudden” noise when you are sleeping. I don’t think nature intended us to wake up this way, but (of course) we have to wake up when it’s time to wake up.

Alarm apps abound, and over the years I have downloaded several. (Well, to be honest, more than several :) )

Of them all, the Progressive Alarm Clock always rises to the top of my most-used alarms.

It has been completely reliable, and has never, ever let me down.

It provides a gentle, peaceful way to gradually wake up in the morning, using the chime sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowls.

You can choose between 6 different chimes, and it is easy to sample all 6 to make your choice.

There are a variety of options, so you can tweak it to your personal preference.

I have set a deep bell on my alarm. When morning comes, it starts to chime very softly…… so softly at first, that it is barely audible.

Then, every 10 seconds, it chimes again. Just a little louder, then a little louder again. A peaceful, gentle wake up.

Progressive Alarm Clock by Spotlight Six Software is $1.99 in the iTunes store.

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