Well maybe. I mean if you brave the mobs at the Apple Store with us on Friday, then for sure.
But for current iPhone users (iPhone 4, 4S, and 5), your phone could look brand new to you on Wednesday. iOS 7 will be released to the public this week and with it, a very different and, yet, very familiar user interface.
This post is meant to serve as a warning and source of encouragement. Instead of being caught off guard and utterly confused when your phone updates, we encourage you to check out this post and the links we provide to familiarize yourself with what is essentially your all new device!
Seventh Verse, Same As The First
There are many things very familiar about iOS 7. The layout of apps has stayed the same. Folders are mostly the same. You can still double click the home button for multitasking and quitting apps. The colors are different, for sure. But the overall look is familiar.
The center image above goes a long ways towards quelling most feelings of apprehension. Icons are where they are supposed to be. There is still a home dock at the bottom. You’ll still be able to scroll through contacts and easily set alarms.
Before we stray too far into the unfamiliar, take a look at the photo just on left of center. That is the news cards interface for multitasking. When you double click the home button, you no longer get a tray that pops up from the bottom. Instead, you get a full card view of each app open. To close an app, just flick it away. Below, iOS 6 on the left and iOS 7 on the right (photos from redmondpie.com).
Other apps look similar too.
Taking Control (Center)
As with every iOS update since 2008, features and refinements are added to make using your iPhone simpler and more functional. While several new features of iOS will not feel simple after years of comfort, there is an incredible amount of functionality coming your way.
The biggest feature is Control Center.
For years now all of the settings you need to access have been buried in the Settings App; often times many layers down. Now, with a swipe from the bottom of the screen, most frequently used toggles are accessible. Airplane Mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Rotation Lock, and Brightness controls are immediately available. With that comes access to Airplay and Airdrop as well as the clock, calculator, camera, and flashlight apps.
Other significant changes to the overall feel include enhancements to Siri, gestures to move backwards and forwards in Mail and Messages, live filters for photography, Shared Photo streams, and Airdrop file transfer. We will cover many of the features soon. For now, take a look at the iOS 7 introduction video below or head on over to http://www.apple.com/ios/design/ for more info. And enjoy your new phone!