The next version of iOS 7 doesn’t arrive for the public until this fall. However, developers are already giving us quite a bit of insight on what new enhancements Apple’s next operating system includes.
Today we continue our series of reports
on some of the changes coming to the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad.
Music and the lock screen
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Lock screen in iOS 7 Beta 2, iPhone[/caption]
Our focus today is on music and how you control it in iOS 7. Whether it comes from the native Music app, or one of the many third-party apps, music plays a central role in iOS 7.
When a song is playing, you can control it from the lock screen. Available tools include: pause/play, forward/back, and volume control. Each song is identified by title, album, and includes artwork.
Similar tools are available on the new Control Center, minus the artwork, of course.
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Lock screen in iOS 7 Beta 2, iPad[/caption]
Unlike in the first iOS 7 beta, the music controls are no longer on the lock screen when a song isn’t playing. This happened when you double pressed the home button.
Now, the only ways to begin playing a song again from the lock screen is by going into the Control Center and hitting the play button, or by unlocking the device.
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That’s it for today, folks. We’ll be offering other iOS 7 quick picks in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, see: Hands-On Video: The Return Of Apple's Voice Memos App Is Making Waves In iOS 7
, Want To Add HDR To The iPad's Camera App? Download iOS 7 This Fall
, and Full Walkthrough: Apple's iOS 7 Beta 2 Running On The iPad