iOS 7 Home Screen, What are those dots?

  • Posted: 20 September 2013 12:17 PM

    Why is it that I can’t find out from Apple what some of the new features mean on the new iOS?  After installing iOS 7 I noticed a small dot to the left of the App name for some, not all Apps.  I’ve attached a screen shot with one location highlighted.

    I’ve searched the web and can’t find an explanation.

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    Posted: 20 September 2013 04:35 PM #1

    Have you ever opened that app since you downloaded it…?

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    Posted: 20 September 2013 04:36 PM #2

    i.e. that is a new app (for you). Before it had a blue diagonal banner. Now it has a blue dot.

  • Posted: 20 September 2013 04:53 PM #3

    Wow! That was simple.  Even though I’ve used all of the apps with a dot before the upgrade I guess the iOS thinks that they are new.  I opened a few of the apps with the dot and when I returned to the Home Screen the dot was gone.

    Thanks for the clarification.

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    Posted: 02 October 2013 10:07 AM #4

    (and it would be great if apps got yellow and red dots if I haven’t launched them in, say, 30 or 60 days… wink )


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