If you scroll down your iPhone a bit more, you will see a bar which gives you a quick overview of what exciting events or meetings you have planned for the next day. If you tap “Notifications”, you’ll be able to check out all your notifications from missed calls, text messages and emails to social media and app alerts. Moreover, you can adjust what is displayed in the notification bar by diving into settings. This will be according to your management, so that if you wish to get rid of stocks, or you are getting irritated about how popular you are on Twitter you can turn off individual settings for them and relax at the moment. The Control Center is something a complete new feature on the iOS 7 which is being accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen on the iPhone 5C. This is a welcome addition to iOS as Control Center provides you with quick settings for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, do not disturb and rotation. Both the Notification Bar and Control Center can be accessed from the lock screen, although if you fear this will give too much control to outside users you can disable both – forcing a pin to be entered before being able to get to them. There’s also a screen brightness bar, music controls, Air Drop shortcuts and quick launch icons for the torch using the LED on the rear of the iPhone 5C, timer, calculator and camera apps. You can access the Control Center while in any menu or application, making it a really useful feature to have if you quickly want to toggle something as you don’t have to leave the page you’re viewing.
The iPhone 5C may be seen as a cheaper version of the iPhone franchise, but Apple hasn’t skimped on the internal grunt, giving you the same, high quality user experience you’ve come to expect from the firm. Multi-tasking was given an overhaul with iOS 7, and Apple tweaked it a little more with iOS 8.1. Gone is the bar which appeared at the bottom of the display when you double tap the home button. The double tap action now sees the screen you’re viewing minimized to a thumbnail in the centre of the screen, and a horizontal list to the right of it made up of small panels of all the other apps running in the background. Each screenshot has the corresponding app icon beneath it. In iOS 8 you’ll also find that recent contacts have been added along the top of this screen, making it a handy shortcut to contacting people.
The layout is the same as of the multitasking menu on HTC’s Sense UI, and you can scroll through the various applications, swiping up over thumbnails to close certain applications. The interface does break things up when flicking between apps. Apple has continued to shy away from the calls of some for the introduction of widgets into the iOS ecosystem, and while a couple of app icons display live information – with the clock and calendar app sporting relevant data – the majority are static images.