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  • Developer Finds Interesting Hidden Settings in iOS 7 Beta, Features to Come Soon?


    iOS developer Hamza Sood has spent some time digging around in iOS 7 long enough to find some interesting hidden settings that have not yet been enabled in the first beta.

    After having dug into them himself, the developer was able to identify what the settings are for. It would appear that Apple has been working on settings for gestures within applications, ways to hide stock applications, settings for folder behavior, and more. All of the settings are nested within a main preferences pane in the Settings application called “SpringBoard.”

    Under the SpringBoard preferences pane are more preferences panes for the following: Parallax, Dock, Folders, Zoom Animations, Control Center, Lock Screen, App Slider, and CarDisplay.

    Sood includes screenshots for the Folders, App Slider and Close Box preferences panes, which reveal interesting Springtomize 2-like options, many of which were jailbreak-only until now, including:


    • Allowing nested folders
    • Pinching folders to close them
    • Blurring the folder icon
    • Blurring the folder background
    • Blurring Newsstand
    • Adjusting the settings of adaptive folder tinting
    • Multitasking gestures
    • Navigation gestures
    • Edge of display swipes
    • Corner of display swipes
    • Press-and-hold gestures
    • Gesture logging
    • Icon animations
    • Hiding stock applications
    • And more


    Notably, this is a very small fraction of the number of settings that Sood has discovered. So it piques our interest to see what else Apple may have in store for us. Apple has never really been the type of company to let its users have access to customization, so if Apple really does enable these features in a future release of iOS 7, Apple would certainly make several iOS users happy. On the other hand, there's always the chance that the settings could remain hidden forever.

    What do you think about the new settings?

    Sources: Hamza Sood via 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Developer Finds Interesting Hidden Settings in iOS 7, Features to Come Soon? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Nice job Hamza. Very interesting Apple.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Nice job Hamza. Very interesting Apple.
      Sweet Great job can not wait for the official release of IOS 7.
    1. LudaChris's Avatar
      LudaChris -
      if Apple doesnt enable those settings, wouldnt the JB Devs be able to do it for us?
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      How is this hidden if it's in the setting application?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by GooseG View Post
      How is this hidden if it's in the setting application?
      They're not there by default. The developer needed to enable them himself.

      Quote Originally Posted by LudaChris View Post
      if Apple doesnt enable those settings, wouldnt the JB Devs be able to do it for us?
      Yes. If and when iOS 7 is jailbroken after the public release.

      Who knows, Apple may enable the settings for users before then.
    1. thefinalhack's Avatar
      thefinalhack -
      How do I enable these settings?
    1. td1439's Avatar
      td1439 -
      Nested folders and hiding stock apps? Yes please! 7 is shaping up better and better.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Hmm. Seems like it includes everything I want except one thing...


      Did anyone spot a Winterboard setting in there?!
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by GooseG View Post
      How is this hidden if it's in the setting application?
      Well looking at the iOS it's not just that easy. Looked last night thru the SpringBoard app. The icons are there "parralax" "dock" "app slider" but to enable it seems a lot harder. It was said he had to do some tweaking to get it up and running. My thoughts were that you would toggle a plist to enable it.

      There isn't a plist in there to do that. I did find in the "Setup.app" a Setup-Entitlements.plist that has about 30 toggles within it.

      My thoughts are this would have been done on an A4 device only as its the only device where we can SSH into via the Limera1n exploit unless those guys have a private/undisclosed Bootroom exploit which could be the case.
    1. HeliPilot's Avatar
      HeliPilot -
      So Apple seems to be taking cues from Activator and Springtomize. This is the kind of stuff that would entice me to jump to iOS7.
      And very nice find I might add!
    1. Matchstic's Avatar
      Matchstic -
      I was wondering what that hamburger was for when I found it last week!
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matchstic View Post
      I was wondering what that hamburger was for when I found it last week!
      Yip there are some "unflat" weird icons in there that's for sure! I read somewhere he might have done it via the Xcode5 beta SDK. Haven't downloaded that yet have u?
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      Wow, if these were in the final release then it's just one less reason to keep a jailbreak.

      Hopefully they have a hidden biteSMS style QuickReply somewhere in there! That, and AT&T needs to let us unlimited people tether without losing our unlimited plans and bye bye jailbreak for me.
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      hmmm
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      interesting
    1. DayumQuitPlayin's Avatar
      DayumQuitPlayin -
      Maybe someone will find a hidden setting for Messages that allows quick-reply.

      Or maybe not.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by DayumQuitPlayin View Post
      Maybe someone will find a hidden setting for Messages that allows quick-reply.

      Or maybe not.
      OS X Mavericks is getting Quick Reply. I'm sure iOS will follow eventually.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      I highly doubt these will be all be enabled. It takes away from what apple likes to do as far as keeping the user experience simple. Most people can figure out what these settings can do. However, you all know as day to day consumers, not everyone is going to get it. They will make a change to a setting they don't know how they did it and then they hate apple because their phone "sucks".

      Will some of them be implemented? Possibly. But I really doubt they will change the tweaks for speeds and such. It is most likely for actual apple developers so they can test things out on the fly without having to reload their phones after a tweak is made or a bug fixed.
    1. bewie's Avatar
      bewie -
      This is good news - Apple should work on making jailbreaking obsolete, not fight it.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by bewie View Post
      This is good news - Apple should work on making jailbreaking obsolete, not fight it.
      Hey - that's a good way to put it: "make jail breaking obsolete". We all know that giving root access to a phone (jailbreak) will always be viewed as a security risk to Apple - therefore they'll never allow it -- EVER!. But if Apple were to allow 'some' customizability then jail breaking wouldn't be "as needed"..

      Though truly I don't see Apple ever making things "too customizable".. Their mantra has always been "ALL users SAME experience -- QUALITY..

      Customize = users with DIFFERENT experience - could mess up certain button settings - more calls to 1800SOSAPPL.... :-/