As technology updates, many new features are made and designs often become sleeker and more minimalist. iOS7, the iphone’s new operating system has a new look and feel with flatter icons and thinner typefaces. However, Apple hasn’t changed the basic gestures and most of the interactive motions are pretty much the same, with a few exceptions.

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“It’s like getting an entirely new phone, but one you know how to use,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi. Apple CEO Tim Cook dubbed it the “biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.”

There is a “cleaner” design with a brighter color scheme and simplified icons for common apps such as iMessage, Calendar and Camera. ┬áThe extra shadows and lines on apps like Weather, iTunes and Notes are gone as well. On top of making the apps you’re using sleeker, iOS7 added a translucent feature so that users can see their phone’s background through their keyboard while typing in certain apps and while checking their notifications.

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Control Center is also a new option that helps people reach options that are normally 3 levels deep in settings such as Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb Mode, and Brightness. These options easily available at the Control Center save your fingers the trouble of going through so many levels within the Settings Panel. I personally find this very convenient as I go through the Settings Panel very often to change my mode throughout the day, espcially when I’m out and trying to save as much battery life as possible.

Yes, there is a lot of criticism for the design of the new iOS7 but there are some very good features to this new update. Some design aspects do need some work as they look very tacky. The sleek look is there but objects do look very flat as well. This both hinders the look but makes it easier to look through the phone and its features. I’m sure Apple will think of a way to combine the good on both parts in this beta test and come up with something amazing come fall, which is when this new operating system is said to be released.