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Apple Introduces “Designed for iOS 7” Section in App Store

by Brandon Russell | September 18, 2013September 18, 2013 2:00 pm PST

iPhone 5s - iOS 7 - Control Center

To bring attention to its brand new revamped mobile operating system, Apple has introduced a new section in iTunes dedicated specifically to apps that are iOS 7 ready. As of now, there are a few dozen on the list, though we’re expecting many more to update throughout the day and week.

Many big ones are missing from Apple’s list—Gmail, Facebook, Twitter—but we actually already know those updates have been pushed out, so chances are you’ve already picked them up (assuming you were able to download iOS 7). Many of the updates attempt to match Apple’s flatter design; icons are new, gestures are new and the look and feel have been changed in order to keep a more consistent experience.

Apple’s iOS 7 is certainly a big shift; the core functionality is still there, though the surface has changed quite a bit. By ditching skeuomorphism, Jony Ive and the rest of Apple’s team have managed to make iOS feel fresh and new. It will be jarring for people not expecting the change, and it’s definitely more complex. But it ushers in a new era for Apple’s mobile ecosystem, which we can all agree has felt stale these past few years.

How are you liking iOS 7 so far?


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.