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Apple iOS 7 review roundup: new apps, new Control Center, new look (+video)

Apple's iOS 7 operating system launches today. But is it any good? 

By Matthew Shaer / September 19, 2013

A staff member sets up iPhone 5S handsets for a display picture at Apple Inc's announcement event in Beijing, September 11, 2013. The iPhone 5S runs iOS 7, the new Apple mobile operating system. Apple announced CarPlay on Monday, bringing iOS to car dashboards.



Today marks the launch of iOS 7, Apple's latest mobile operating system. Depending on your location (handy chart here), you should get a push notification alerting you to the update. Otherwise, you can navigate to the Software settings on your phone and get the ball rolling yourself. So what's new in iOS 7? Well, just about everything: New design, new Siri, new Camera app, and a new control center, in the form of a handy little pop-up menu. 

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But how good is the new OS, anyway? Let's go to the reviews. 

The aesthetics, part one

"iOS 7, along with the iPhone 5C, represent the return of Apple's embrace for color," writes Scott Lowe of IGN. "Bright, saturated hues are pervasive throughout the new design, most notably in its new revised "flat" app icons. The glossy, bubble-like app launchers have been replaced with 2D variations that draw from the same iconography, save for a few exceptions. In many cases, the changes have been for the better." 

The aesthetics, part two 

"Apple’s visual overhaul received a lot of knee-jerk criticism when it was revealed at WWDC earlier this year, but in practice, the visual changes are actually quite pleasant, and grow on a user with time," writes Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch. "Looking back now, iOS 6 feels dated, despite the fact that when I first started using iOS 7 I felt it was inferior in terms of look and feel to the older OS. Apple’s new look with iOS 7 takes acclimating, but on the whole, it’s an improvement." 

The aesthetics, part three

"Screenshots don’t do it justice," writes Martin Bryant of The Next Web. "From the zooming, focus-pulling transitions as you switch between apps and the gaussian blur applied to overlaid menus, to the subtle animation effect applied to wallpapers that makes it appear as if they’re tilting ‘inside’ your device as it moves in your hand, iOS 7 feels ‘alive.' "

The control center 


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