A Guide to iOS Software Controls

For an operating system, controls are the elements included in the user interface that are available for different functions that include viewing or getting an information, and action performing or interaction purpose. With the release of the new version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 7, almost all the software controls have been updated in terms of their appearance and have got different metrics too. All the controls are intended for different functions with different properties like a change in the color or tint or any other functions. There are many control options provided with the system by default like the iOS grids and others that support changes in appearance and animation. Several software controls available with the iOS are discussed below.


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General Controls

Given below is a list of controls used for common applications.

  • Picker: A picker control is generally used for the selection of a desired value from a set of different provided values. A practical example of this control is the date picker that provides an option to choose the components of time and date like the hours, minutes, days and year. An update to the picker offers the control to be displayed within the content rather than a separate view.
  • Label: A label control is used to display information about a particular item on the device, which has a different look in the updated version as it uses system fonts.
  • Page Control: This type of control is used for the indication of current accessible pages and also indicates the page that is currently visible. With an update, the appearance and the size of this control has been modified.
  • Segmented Control: This control provides a linear set of different segments that can be used as a button to switch views or between pages. Their size and appearance has also changed with the new operating system.

A Guide to iOS Software Controls

Privacy Controls

Along with the above mentioned controls, a few privacy controls are also available with this OS and are discussed below.

  • Private Browsing Button: To enable private browsing in the safari browser, users had to follow a long path, which is now simplified with an updated button for the same. You can access private browsing by tapping on the tab browser button at the bottom of the browser and then selecting the ‘private’ option.
  • Frequent Locations: This is for people, who use the location tracking feature in their iOS device. It gathers the tracked information and then creates a map displaying places visited frequently.
  • Microphone Security: With previously available alerts for approval to use contact, photos, calendar and GPS, this feature is now extended to the microphone use also. This offers a better privacy control while using voice based apps.
  • Activation Lock: This is an upgrade to the previous threat prevention feature, which offered the user to wipe out all his/her data on the device, in case of a theft. Now, users can lock their device, so that it can’t be accessed without a permission from the iCloud holder, thus, making the device useless for the thief.

So, these are a few of the software controls from iOS, while you can explore the web for a detailed information on other controls like the iOS Grids and many others offering useful features.

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