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Not content to sit on their laurels and simply improve on the stellar iOS 6, or to let the hardware changes to the iPhone 5s do all the speaking this year for them, Apple went back to the drawing board and rethought the user interface on their aging operating system. iOS 7 tosses out the old ornamental, object-based design in favor of a a flatter interface that is "much more intuitive," according to PC Mag, and IGN says that "navigating menus and making selections is more streamlined." With the new Control Center, users can now "swipe up from the bottom of the screen, no matter what app you are in, and get easy access to specific settings," says ABC News, and TechCrunch calls it "incredibly useful." There have also been changes to how iOS 7 handles multitasking, and core apps have been redesigned to match the new aesthetic, but overall, it "isn’t a big change functionally from what we’re all used to with iOS 6," according to the Loop. show more

Critic reviews

8.3
27 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.6
  • Speed
    7.8
  • Configurability
    8.2
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    8.3
  • Openness
    6.0

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User reviews

8.2
65 reviews
9.0
TechCrunch Sep 17, 2013

There’s no question that iOS 7 will be a dramatic change from the iOS many users already know and love, but on balance it’s an update packed with plenty of new features that make using Apple’s mobile devices easier and more enjoyable.

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9.0
AllThingsD Sep 17, 2013

There are too many new features in iOS 7 to list here, but it’s a big improvement. The icons have been redesigned to be flatter and simpler, but they appear to float over your wallpaper, giving the effect of depth. Many elements are translucent, subtly changing shades to match the wallpaper color.

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9.0
New York Times Sep 17, 2013

I think you should install it. The structure, layout and features represent some of Apple’s best work. The look of iOS 7 — well, that judgment is up to you.

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9.0
PC Mag Sep 19, 2013

iOS 7 marks a major turn for Apple's mobile operating system, both visually and in all it has to offer. Users will embrace the long list of new features with open arms, and the design is a breath of fresh air. There's still room for improvement, to be sure, but iOS has truly blossomed.

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8.0
CNET Sep 17, 2013

Much like the iPhone 5 was to iPhone hardware last year, iOS 7 is a soup-to-nuts graphical and design overhaul: familiar apps have new layouts, Siri has been greatly enhanced to do more and show more, and there are even new ringtones and alert sounds to play with.

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8.0
Ars Technica Sep 18, 2013

What I’m much more qualified to do is paraphrase The Simpsons, which as usual has a quote that sums up just about everything I think about iOS 7 in one succinct swoop: “I’m no [design] critic, but I know what I hate. And I don’t hate this.”

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8.0
Macworld Sep 18, 2013

In my opinion, there’s a lot to love about iOS 7, even with its rough edges. As third-party apps start to be built around its new capabilities and embrace its new design, I think there will be even more to recommend it to users.

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8.0
Gizmodo Sep 18, 2013

If you like your iPhone just fine the way it is, you might want to wait. The new features are neat and useful and all that. They are new, though. And sometimes new stuff is confusing. Sure, it's pretty. But just because something's pretty doesn't mean it's for you.

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8.0
AnandTech Sep 19, 2013

The new visual style is very nice and I can see it quickly making the outgoing UI feel very dated in very short form. Along with the visual reset for the platform comes with a reset of the way things are done, for better or worse.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 18, 2013

Apple's iOS 7 software offers a sleek modern design, easier settings access, and better multitasking, but it still trails Android in some areas.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Sep 17, 2013

Ive hasn't re-invented the wheel though, and there are no groundbreaking moments that will make you bolt upright in the middle of the night and wonder why a certain feature didn't exist before. But you will enjoy the new crisper, cleaner look.

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8.0
Associated Press Sep 17, 2013

Although I dismissed many of the changes as cosmetic, a few of them improve functionality ... These are all nice touches that make upgrading well worth it, especially for something free. You don't necessarily need a new phone.

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8.0
ABC News Sep 18, 2013

Yes, iOS 7 is a big change, but it is one that is worthwhile and finally pulls us away from the first iPhone that was introduced six years ago. Apple had to change and now so do we.

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8.0
Time Sep 18, 2013

Life in iOS is different enough that for the first time, I’d recommend that owners of existing iOS devices wait to perform an update until they have some free time to acclimate themselves to the new experience. Still, I think that most people will like it once they’ve gotten comfortable.

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8.0
The Guardian Sep 19, 2013

Overall? The colours are brighter, and lighter. It's as though someone went and did a big spring clean and got rid of all the cobwebs. The usability improvements - through gestures - make a lot of difference.

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9.0
GSM Arena Sep 17, 2013

Of course, the new design and features will inevitably be compared to competing platforms but ... it looks like the hardware (read iPhone 5S and 5C) has more to worry about the comparisons than the software, which at this point seems a job really well done.

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9.0
TechRadar Sep 18, 2013

If you aren't desperate to get your hands on iOS 7, wait for the 7.0.1 that we're sure is imminent. That said, if you don't mind the odd teething problem iOS 7 will make your device feel brand new all over again. We think you'll like it a lot.

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9.0
IGN Sep 18, 2013

iOS 7 is a notable leap forward for the platform — not just in terms of form, but function. Even with the significant design and feature improvements, however, there's still room to grow.

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9.0
iMore Sep 18, 2013

I've been using iOS 7 since June, through all the betas, on all my main devices. I know from its messy. But it's also damn good. Excellent even.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Sep 18, 2013

Yes, iOS 7 is a huge step forward for iOS, and it still trumps Android for simplicity and elegance, but it has nothing that Google or Microsoft urgently needs to copy, imitate or fear. It's a wonderfully competent, pure and seamless experience, but it's not a revolution.

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7.0
phoneArena Sep 18, 2013

The result will surely not appeal to everyone, but if we give it some time, we believe it'll be quite easy to adjust to iOS 7. After all, it's still a great OS with tons of advanced functionality and the richest app ecosystem around.

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7.0
Forbes Sep 22, 2013

There are many pleasures in iOS 7 ... But there are too many different metaphors at play to feel completely resolved.

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8.0
BGR Sep 17, 2013

iOS 7 is a balancing act and Apple did a tremendous job of balancing new and now. Moving forward, we can only hope Apple will also massage in some exciting and innovative new features that make the new and improved iOS even better.

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10
Stuff Sep 18, 2013

If awesome apps, a slick interface and a sense of security are top of your list, iOS7 is a clear winner ... iOS 7 gives you just one option but it’s an OS that’s as beautifully crafted and worthy of gadget pride as iPhone and iPad hardware itself.

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9.0
USA Today Sep 17, 2013

In my view, iOS is still simpler to use than Android, and made even simpler in iOS 7. Apple releases the new operating system for all of its phones at one time, while Android updates come to devices in a more scattered fashion. And Apple still claims the most apps.

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First Looks

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Gizmodo Jun 11, 2013

It's not just the updated user interface or redesigned app logos that make using iOS 7 such a thrill. It's everything really. Some things seem sort of flashy, like the supposedly somewhat three-dimensional new floating app icons, while the rest of the changes are stupid simple.

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Macworld Jun 13, 2013

iOS 7’s new design is a stunning change to the iOS infrastructure, with layered looks and minimalistic icons. But for those of you thinking, “Gee, I might pay $99 for that developer’s kit just to get a glimpse of that new OS interface,” we’d suggest holding off.

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Mashable Jun 12, 2013

iOS 7 isn't just a visual overhaul of Apple's venerable mobile operating system; it's a near-total rethink of many of the core paradigms that have come to make iOS, well, iOS.

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NBC News Jun 10, 2013

Don't misunderstand though: iOS 7 still isn't the end all of mobile operating systems. By the time fall comes around, Google will probably show off a new version of Android, one that will highlight remaining iOS shortcomings.

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GSM Arena Jun 14, 2013

The long awaited iOS interface redesign is finally a reality. It can be a dream come true for many, but others will have a point too in calling it a blatant copycat, and even a cartoonish mess. But there's no denying that iOS 7 is a major step forward for the platform.

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BGR Jun 10, 2013

After seeing it in action, after using it and exploring, the vision comes together faster than you would think. It’s innovative, it’s bold, and it’s certainly the biggest change Apple has ever introduced in the company’s mobile device lineup since the first iPhone in 2007.

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9to5Mac Jun 10, 2013

Most notably, iOS 7 ditches the classic iOS look for a flat a very white user interface. Users upgrading to iOS 7 in the fall will surely be in for a surprise when they install the new operating system on their devices.

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Techno Buffalo Jun 11, 2013

The most immediate difference in iOS 7 is how drastically Apple has changed the icons, making it clear the company intends on going in completely new direction post-Forstall—the experience has been stripped entirely of all skeuomorphism.

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PocketNow Jun 24, 2013

In this video we go hands-on this new refresh to Apple’s tablet line-up and tell you all there is to know. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and we will admit that the refresh does make the iPad look better than it ever did.

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8.0
dave dave

iOS 7 is finally here! It does away with the cheesy skeuomorphism of previous generations of iOS, trading wood, felt, and aluminum for a simple flat background. On one hand, this takes away obvious connections between the digital and analog world, but on the other it adds a certain amount of...

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1.0
twobeer twobeer

Its buggy, it's ugly. cannot wait for tweaks and fixes in Cydia, to help me live with this OS a bit longer :(

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9.0
Crave4iT Crave4iT

Overall I love the new interface. Sleek, minimalistic and the transitions look good. I'm still getting used to not having everything ready as fast as iOS 6, since it has to transition first, but I'm happy with it. Hope the little tiny kinks go away in 7.0.1 , as it usually does once people have...

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8.0
cchana cchana

I installed the first beta of iOS 7 and found the change a bit of a shock to the system. I also found it to be very very buggy so it wasn't the best experience. Of course, that was the beta. As you'd expect, the full release has the finish you'd expect from Apple and while some of the changes...

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6.0
kevinma kevinma

What a step backward, I love my pads but I'm not doing more than one until I have to. This is a rip off of Microsoft Office flat design and they fail miserably. How on earth is it acceptable to use pop ups to tell me each time I plug a non-apple cable into my device ? wtf ? Apple business...

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9.0
f4fwildcatpilot f4fwildcatpilot

Summary of the new features, with some short thoughts: New Design: While it's definitely jarring at first, the user quickly gets used to the new look of iOS 7. After a matter of hours, looking back to iOS 6 results in cringing. The detail and quality in the design is leaps and bounds above...

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9.0
agami agami

Is iOS 7 everything it could have been? No. Is iOS 7 everything it should have been? Not quite. But nonetheless iOS 7 is a decent step forward in the right direction. And despite the criticism over a choice of colours of the behaviour of the folders, the version as a whole is worthwhile. I...

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10
45lol 45lol

I's the best OS ever. It's very easy to use, it's flat, simple and very colourful. I really like the new UI. It's also very stable, but still not as stable as iOS 6, so I can't wait for iOS 8. So much better than Android !!!!!

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5.0
michaelmoog michaelmoog

where are they hiding mind boggling part of this device at? is someone is holding it hostage, or for ransom somewhere in North Korea? Apple is gonna milk this cow till it's tits fall off, they are really starting to get beyond boring not inventing any new groundbreaking devices . yes, the...

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