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Whether you’ve preordered a 5C or just plan on updating a scratched and dented 4S, iOS 7 will make your iPhone feel like a million bucks. It's more than a fresh coat of paint – new animations and transparencies give the interface a depth like never before, adding a third dimension to your home screen and bringing your backgrounds to life. Since keyboards and menu bars float above the app grid on their own semi-translucent layer, different colors change the appearance of elements such as the Control Center and Phone keypad.
It's the closest thing to a theme that we're ever going to get from Apple, and you'll likely find yourself swapping out your wallpaper a lot more often than you did in iOS 6. This is why we love Blur.
The interface comprises all of three elements – two buttons and a slider – but Blur's artful simplicity presents a world of creative possibilities. All you need to get started is a photo, and you can either use the random one supplied each time you launch, take a new one, or select a snapshot from your library. Moving the slider adjusts the blur effect, and the results are extremely natural, much in the vein of Photoshop's Gaussian filter. Once you settle on a design, you can save it to your camera roll.
Results vary, of course, but we were mostly very impressed with the wallpapers we created with Blur. We had a few quibbles – there was a bit of lag while blurring, and we wish we could adjust the colors in our favorite blurs – but we wouldn't be surprised to see Apple add this kind of functionality in iOS 8.
The bottom line. Blur does exactly what its name suggests, but the results are better than you can imagine.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.1 or later
Exquisitely simple interface. Excellent blurring results. Nice selection of photos.
No color adjustment. Some lag with the blurring slider.