The Good Apple iOS 7 gets a complete design overhaul and adds useful features like automatic updates to make everyday use easier. Long-overdue Control Center gives quick access to most-used features. AirDrop and iTunes Radio are excellent additions.
The Bad Besides the massively overhauled design and Control Center, there are few ground-breaking new features. The flat design concept favors space over information so you'll generally need to do more scrolling to get the info you need. Some new features aren't available for iPhone 4 and 4S users.
The Bottom Line Provided you take the time to find your way around, iOS 7's new design makes it a compelling upgrade that completely transforms Apple's mobile OS.
Massive makeover makes iOS feel new again
Editors' note: iOS 7.1 was released March 10, 2014 and comes with several interface enhancements and a few new features. If you just want to know about iOS 7.1, read our breakdown of iOS 7.1 over at CNET News. But to see the new features alongside those introduced in iOS 7 and what they mean, I've incorporated the changes from the update into this review.
With an interface that's remained more or less static since 2007, Apple needed to go big. With iOS 7, it did. Apple's iOS 7 gave the mobile operating system a radical new look as well as some first-for-Apple features for iPhone and iPad fans, like quick-access system controls and notifications, automatic app updates, Apple's AirDrop file-sharing system, and the excellent
The visual overhaul is a clean sweep that changes absolutely everything, from the typography and color schemes to multitasking and the typical icon and button shape across the entire platform. And we mean the whole thing -- from the Safari browser to the photo app, and even the design of the system settings screens.
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