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With iOS 7, design is back. Jony Ive's revision of iOS 7 is so much more sleek and attractive than many had anticipated, and it comes with several new features that distinguish it from the iOS we've known and largely loved over the years.
With iOS 7's parallax motion, your custom background for the home screen actually shifts as you move it from left to right in your hand.
The Weather app has been improved to allow for significantly more information than the current bare-bones design, complete with animated weather corresponding to the weather in the listed location. When you pinch the screen, you'll be able to see all of the weather locations you have favorited rather than having to scroll through each one individually.
The new iCal app is significantly cleaner and more attractive than the existing version, based as it is on Ive's "flatter" design philosophy. Game Center is now similarly attractive, as the green felt has been ditched in favor of a simpler, cleaner design. The Mail app, too has been redesigned with this aesthetic in mind as well as a greater emphasis on organization, and both Mail and Messages allow you to go back and forth between individual messages more easily.
The individual folders you can make for your apps now allow for scrolling through multiple ages, greatly sidestepping the limitations of the number of apps you can include in each one.
There's also a new Control Center that allows you to access some of your important system settings without digging through Settings has in the past (complete with iOS's first built-in flashlight). In addition, the Camera app has a new square mode with its own filters to allow for direct posting to Instagram.
And last but not least, as we guessed, the Notification center is now visible from the lock screen, much as it is in OS X Mavericks.