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The Philips Hue app for iOS has been offered a handsome update today that not only brings that modern, flat aesthetic to the fold, but adds a plethora of other new features besides. We’ve got all of the details in one place for you below.

For those uninitiated, Philips’ range of Hue bulbs allow a user to control various aspects including color and brightness, and although they are expensive for what is essentially a luxury product, they have proven rather popular among many iOS users.

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The Hue bulbs are somewhat smart in that you can control so much thanks to the companion Hue app, and today, said app has been updated with iOS 7 support. If you’re a Hue user and have been waiting for the app’s appearance to become more in-keeping with the Cupertino company’s newish mobile OS, then the wait is finally over, and rather than just flattening out the interface, Philips has also thrown in one or two other goodies.

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For a start, v1.2 brings a useful set-up demonstration, allowing you to quickly and easily familiarize yourself with Philips Hue if you’re just getting started.

My personal favorite addition to the fold with the new update, however, is the fact that you can now save a status of your lights as a preset, so if you wish to to revert at any point in the future, you can do so via light control.

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Finally, allied to everything else, there’s a handy new sidebar menu, which makes navigation just that little bit easier. Version 1.2 also offers sidebar notifications to boot, so in actuality, this is perhaps the biggest update we’ve seen to the Philips Hue app since the product was first introduced.

Although Hue, and products like them, are not necessarily revolutionary (or even necessary, for that matter), they do provide great examples of what can now be achieved using smartphones and apps. With this in mind, if you do ever get the opportunity to try out Philips Hue, it’s definitely worth it.

We highly recommend updating to the latest version, and for your convenience we’ve linked to the app below.

(Download: Philips Hue for iPhone on App Store)

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