iOS 7 launched last week with a whole suite of new features, but none may be more important than Command Center. By swiping up from the bottom of screen at any time, even if your device is locked, you’re given quick access to the features you’re most likely to use. Command Center features one-touch access to flashlight, alarm, calculator and camera apps, as well as one-press toggles for Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Portrait Orientation. By grouping these functions in one place, Apple significantly cut down on the time you waste seeking out these features scattered across your homescreens, folders and settings menus. Command Center also gives you access to slide bars for screen brightness and volume, as well as playback functionality for whatever you’re listening to. But one of the smartest things Apple did is include the option for you to disable access to Command Center while playing games; no, Temple Run, I don’t want to change my screen’s brightness, I just want to clear that gap!
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