For some time, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been criticized for falling behind in the quest for innovation and leadership in the technology space. It's in this spirit that various design elements of iOS 7 have been called ugly and uninspired, but there are some reasons to be hopeful. While the refresh may only lay the groundwork for new innovation, it stands as a beacon of where Apple is trying to go, and that's good news for investors.

In the following video, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses why iOS 7 may be more innovative that it appears at an initial glance.

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