How To iPhone & iPod iOS 7: The Basics Everything you need to know about iOS 7 Share Pin Email Print Artur Debat/Moment Mobile/Getty Images iPhone & iPod Key Concepts Basics Installing & Upgrading Guides & Tutorials Tips & Tricks Switching from Android to iPhone by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated June 24, 2019 Every year, when Apple introduces a new version of the iOS, iPhone owners must ask whether the new version is compatible with their device. The answer can lead to frustration, especially for people who own older devices or if the new OS introduces a lot of cutting-edge features, as iOS 7 did. IOS 7 was a divisive release in some ways. While it added hundreds of compelling new features and bug fixes, it also brought with it a completely redesigned interface that caused a lot of discussions and some distress. Because it was such a big change, iOS 7 met with much more initial resistance and complaint from users than most OS updates. On this page, you can learn all about iOS 7, from its key features and controversies to its release history to the Apple devices that are compatible with it. iOS 7 Compatible Apple Devices The Apple devices that can run iOS 7 are: iPhone iPod touch iPad iPhone 5S 5th gen. iPod touch iPad Air iPhone 5C 4th gen. iPad iPhone 5 3rd gen. iPad3 iPhone 4S1 iPad 24 iPhone 42 2nd gen. iPad mini 1st gen. iPad mini Not every iOS 7-compatible device supports every feature of the OS, generally because some features require certain hardware that is not present on older models. These models don't support the following features: iPhone 4S does not support: Filters in Camera app or AirDrop.iPhone 4 does not support: Filters in the Camera app, AirDrop, Panoramic photos, or Siri.Third-Generation iPad does not support: Filters in the Camera app, Panoramic photos, or AirDrop.iPad 2 does not support: Filters in the Camera app, Panoramic photos, AirDrop, Filters in Photos app, Square-format photos and videos, or Siri. Later iOS 7 Releases Apple released 9 updates to iOS 7. All of the models listed in the chart above are compatible with every version of iOS 7. The final iOS 7 release, version 7.1.2, was the last version of the iOS that supported the iPhone 4. All later versions of the iOS do not support that model. For full details on the release history of the iOS, check out iPhone Firmware & iOS History. What To Do If Your Device Isn't Compatible If your device isn't in the chart above, it can't run iOS 7. Many older models can run iOS 6 (though not all; find out what devices run iOS 6). If you want to get rid of an older device and move up to a newer phone, check your upgrade eligibility. Key iOS 7 Features and Controversy Arguably the biggest changes to the iOS since its introduction came in iOS 7. While every version of the software adds a lot of new features and fixes a lot of bugs, this one completely changed the look of the OS and introduced a number of new interface conventions. This change was attributed largely to the influence of Apple design chief Jony Ive, who had taken over responsibility for the iOS after the departure of the previous leader, Scott Forstall, in the wake of the problems with iOS 6. Apple had previewed these changes months before iOS 7's release at its Worldwide Developers Conference. That's primarily an industry event, so many end users were not expecting such sweeping changes. As familiarity with the new design has grown, resistance to the changes has faded. In addition to the new interface, some of iOS 7's key features include: Activation LockAirDropCarPlayControl CenterFilters built into the Camera appiCloud KeychainiTunes RadioTouch IDAutomatic app updatesBackground app refreshFaceTime Audio callingBlocking calls and texts. iOS 7 Motion Sickness and Accessibility Concerns For many people, the complaints about iOS 7's new design were based on aesthetics or resistance to change. For some, though, the problems were deeper. The OS heavily featured transitional animations and a parallax home screen, in which the icons and wallpaper appeared to exist on two planes that moved independently of each other. This caused motion sickness for some users. Users facing this issue can get some relief. The default font used throughout the iPhone also changed in this version. The new font was thinner and lighter and, for some users, harder to read. There are a number of settings that can be changed to improve font legibility in iOS 7. Both issues were addressed in later releases of the iOS, and motion sickness and system font legibility are no longer common complaints. iOS 7 Release History iOS 7.1.2 release: June 30, 2014iOS 7.1.1 release: April 22, 2014iOS 7.1 release: March 10, 2014iOS 7.0.6 release: Feb. 21, 2014iOS 7.0.5 release: Jan 29, 2014iOS 7.0.4 release: Nov. 14, 2013iOS 7.0.3 release: Oct. 22, 2013iOS 7.0.2 release: Sept. 26, 2013iOS 7.0.1 release: Sept. 19, 2013iOS 7 release: Sept. 18, 2013 iOS 8 was released on Sept. 17, 2014. Continue Reading Everything You Need to Know About iOS 6 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 5 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 10 iOS: A Complete Version History Everything You Need to Know About iOS 9 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 8 Should You Upgrade Your iPhone 4 to iOS 7? 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