iOS 7 said to let users zoom while recording video

While Apple's new operating system isn't yet ready for the public, developers are discovering a host of new features that includes zoom while video shooting.

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As users wait for Apple's new iOS 7 to come out of beta, developers are learning all of the ins-and-outs that the upcoming operating system will have to offer. The use of camera zoom controls while recording video is the latest feature said to be discovered.

According to iDownloadBlog, users will reportedly be able to zoom in and out by using the pinch gesture while shooting video. Most likely, there will also be a zoom slider at the bottom of the screen -- like when using the camera in iOS 6. Apparently, users will also supposedly be able to tap-to-focus on various objects while recording video.

When Apple announced the debut of iOS 7 at WWDC on Monday, it heralded many of the operating system's new features, but it also left out some details. Over the last few days, developers have been posting various tricks and updates that will reportedly come with the new operating system.

For iOS 7, Apple said it dramatically redesigned the look and feel of the user interface. Everything has been revamped, the company said, including icons, buttons, and color schemes. The screen is said to take on a 3D appearance and will have a swipe feature at the bottom of the device for quick access to brightness, volume, airplane mode, Bluetooth, do not disturb, and flashlight.

The company also seems to be putting an emphasis on enhancing its photo app and camera capabilities. With iOS 7, Apple is introducing iPhoto-like groupings to make it faster and easier to surface pictures and movies. And, for the camera, iOS 7 will let users swipe through still, video, and panorama options, along with different filters and format sizes.

An initial beta of iOS 7 was released to developers Monday, in what is expected to be the first of several ahead of its release. Apple has not provided an exact date for its release, short of this fall, when the company is also expected to introduce its next iPhone. There are still no versions of iOS 7 available for iPads, just the iPhone and latest-generation iPod Touch.