iOS 7 vs. iOS 6: A Look At The Major Interface Changes

Love it or hate it, iOS 7 is finally here, and if you go for one of the latest iPhones or update the firmware on your existing ones, you will have to deal with its brand new, flat UI each day. While Android will be getting KitKat, iOS has gone the way of Hello Kitty, according to some. Jokes apart, the new interface changes are not as bad as some people made them out to be when the first iOS 7 beta came out. In fact, the new UI is quite refreshing in most apps, and the revamped iconography as well as the overhauled lock screen have been received by many as welcome changes. In addition, the parallax effect and dynamic wallpapers are a sight to behold, too.

iOS 7 vs. iOS 6 UI comparison full iOS 7 vs. iOS 6: A Look At The Major Interface ChangesView in gallery

However, you might not be able to gauge the full array of changes just by taking a cursory tour of iOS 7. So, here is a complete list of all the significant UI changes that have arrived with the update, complete with side-by-side comparison screenshots of the same features on iOS 6 and iOS 7.

Home Screen

iOS 6 Home iOS 7 vs. iOS 6: A Look At The Major Interface ChangesView in gallery iOS 7 HomeView in gallery

Lock Screen

Most changes on the lock screen are pretty obvious, but you might not notice that it is now possible to swipe to unlock to the Home screen even if there is a fresh notification there. In addition to that, you can also launch the Notification Center and Control Center from there.

iOS 6 LockscreenView in gallery iOS 7 Lock ScreenView in gallery

Folders

Multiple pages can now be created within folders, meaning that you can put a lot of apps inside a single folder.

Folders iOS 6View in gallery iOS 7 FolderView in gallery

Notification Center

iOS 6 NCView in gallery iOS 7 NCView in gallery

App Switcher

App Switcher iOS 6View in gallery App Switcher iOS 7View in gallery

Spotlight Search

Spotlight Search iOS 6View in gallery Spotlight Search iOS 7View in gallery

Apps

Camera

Camera iOS 6View in gallery Camera iOS 7View in gallery

Photos

Photos iOS 6View in gallery Photos iOS 7View in gallery

Weather

You might not notice it straight away, but tapping the temperature on a city’s screen reveals additional information like humidity level, wind speed, and chances of rain.

Weather iOS 6View in gallery Weather iOS 7View in gallery

Music

Music iOS 6View in gallery Music iOS 7View in gallery

Calendar

Calendar iOS 6View in gallery Calendar iOS 7View in gallery

Once you hit the back button in the stock Calendar app and exit the ‘Month’ view, it zooms out to reveal an overview of the entire year.
Calendar iOS 7 YearView in gallery

Alarm

Alarm iOS 6View in gallery Alarm iOS 7View in gallery

Clock

Clock iOS 6View in gallery Clock iOS 7View in gallery

Reminders

Reminders iOS 6View in gallery Reminders iOS 7View in gallery

Notes

Notes iOS 6View in gallery Notes iOS 7View in gallery

Game Center

Game-Center-iOS-6__View in gallery Game Center iOS 7View in gallery

Settings

Settings iOS 6View in gallery Settings iOS 7View in gallery

App Store

App Store iOS 6View in gallery App Store iOS 7View in gallery

Siri

Siri iOS 6View in gallery Siri iOS 7View in gallery

Stocks

Stocks iOS 6View in gallery Stocks iOS 7View in gallery

Calculator

Calculator iOS 6View in gallery Calculator iOS 7View in gallery

Contacts

Phone iOS 6View in gallery iOS-7-Contacts-app_View in gallery

Voice memo

Voice Memo iOS 6View in gallery Voice Memo iOS 7View in gallery

Newsstand

Newsstand iOS 6View in gallery Newsstand iOS 7View in gallery

Compass

Compass iOS 6View in gallery Compass iOS 7View in gallery

The Compass app now has two screens. The first one is not too different in functionality from the iOS 6 version, but the second screen displays a level meter that is pretty awesome, and shows the current degree of tilt in real-time both visually and as the tilt angle.

Compass iOS 7 LevelView in gallery

Mail

Mail iOS 6View in gallery Mail iOS 7View in gallery

Phone

Phone iOS 6View in gallery Phone iOS 7View in gallery

Messages

Messages iOS 6View in gallery Messages iOS 7View in gallery

Maps

Maps iOS 6View in gallery Maps iOS 7View in gallery

Although a majority of our readers voted against the iOS 7 redesign, there are some undeniable improvements in the update, too. I personally just adore the dynamic wallpapers and the new Weather app, though some of the icons just don’t suit my taste. Feel free to make use of the comments section to let us know what you think of the platform’s latest attempt at revamping itself.

  • Abhishek Dwivedi

    Every Screenshot matches. down to the last detail. Loved this

  • hocestquisumus

    OK, is there any way to hide the merciless Apple spam? Jeez guys, enough with the gushing already! I’m sure the iGod has noticed you already, even though it won’t make a difference!

  • Ben Winterman

    Very cool side-by-side!

  • Jurd

    Done in Pakistan ??

  • jbroaddus

    They didn’t change the podcast app whatsoever…

    • Hamza Khalid

      The Podcasts app doesn’t come pre-installed with iOS, so maybe it will get an update of its own later.

  • Standing-in A-Corner

    7 looks nice. I dig the redesigns. I must admit that it looks more like Android than ever. Not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Tom Smigiel

    The new IOS (ios7) looks more like a kids’ toy now. A lot of it looks like a cartoon that some kid designed. Most of the screens in Ios6 looked a lot moore professional

    • Bob

      I agree and until I am given the option to have the iOS 6 apparence, the more adult and professional appearance. I will not buy another iPhone. At the very least, give me the option to choose themes. I AM a paying costumer, make me happy.

  • Bob

    I see the difference with a glance and I cannot stand this hello kitty UI. If I want to look at a child’s drawing, I would go volunteer at a youth center and hand the kids blank paper and crayons.

    I am an adult, I like a more detailed and real based user interface. Not a generic, child like drawings. Either give me the ability to choose the interface I like or do not expect me to buy another phone from you again. I won’t waste my time telling you not to do something, you have fans of this UI, I am not one of them and you won’t have my money until I have options.

  • Soma

    I was browsing the net to see how much the UI in iOS7 has changed from iOS6. Your article, I must say, is the best.