iOS 7 release coming Wednesday

iOS 7 will be compatible with all iPhones produced after 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — So, let's say you aren't one of those who will be jumping at the chance of getting one of the new iPhone models to replace the Apple smartphone you already have.

You can still get your phone to look like one of the new ones — by updating the operating system that runs the previous models.

Unlike the new 5S and 5C, the iOS 7 software won't cost you a dime — it's free, and it will be available starting Wednesday. It will work on iPhones that have been released since 2010.

The new operating system will work on the iPhone 4, 4S and 5, as well as second-generation iPads and newer as well as the iPod Touch that was released late last year.

One dramatic difference is the way your Apple device will look with the new OS. The apps show up without the 3D look the current icons have — but they are much more colorful.