10 essential iOS 7 tips and tricks

By , Staff writer , Staff

1. Use Siri to change settings and open apps

Siri has a new look. The skeuomorphic linen background is gone, replaced with a translucent overlay of whatever was behind it. There’s also now a waveform at the bottom that undulates to ambient sound.

The functionality is improved, too. In iOS7, Siri is now better able to fiddle with your phone. You can ask her (or him) to turn Wi-Fi on and off, open apps, and read your e-mail and text messages, too.

Yep, you read that right. Siri can now be a him. You can change Siri’s gender by going into Settings > General > Siri and changing the setting called “voice gender.”

Male or female, Siri’s voice has a slightly more natural cadence now.

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