iOS 7 was released by Apple on Sept 17th and represents the biggest change in the iOS User Inteface (UI) since the iPhone was introduced 5 years ago.

“The new design is evident in everything from sharper, flatter icons, slimmer fonts, a new slide-to-unlock function, and a new control panel that slides up from the bottom of the screen for frequently accessed settings. The stock apps have all been redesigned  […] Apple’s head of design Jony Ive notes that the new icons feature a new palette of colors — gone are the bold, primary colors of old, replaced by modern shades and tones. Flat design is very prominent in iOS 7 — everything from the buttons to the switches to the chrome surrounding apps has been modernized and flattened. Apple says that the new design makes your phone “appear bigger” because each app makes better use of the screen real-estate available to it. The calendar, phone, messages, Game Center, and others have all lost their skeuomorphic designs and now feature clean, flat layouts. The signal bars in the upper left corner of the phone have also been replaced with a series of dots.”  —

iOS 7 runs on the iPhone 4 and newer, as well as the iPad 2 and newer—but if you have an iPhone 4 or iPad 2 and are happy with iOS 6, you may wish to sit out the iOS 7 upgrade.

Here are some quick tips to get you started on iOS 7:

  • To increase legibility of icons, select the darkest wallpaper: Settings > Wallpapers & Brightness > Stills
  • To still further increase legibility (if required): Settings > General > Accessibility > Bold Text
  • To find the search menu: