What is the blue dot next to apps on my iOS home screen?

There is a blue dot below my app icon, to the left of the icon label. What is the blue dot next to apps on my iPhone, iPad or iPod touch home screen?

iOS app icon blue dot

iOS 7 is packed with new features and a completely redesigned appearance. You may have noticed that over time, some apps on the home screen or inside folders gain a blue dot to the left of the app name. What does this blue dot mean?

The iPhone automatically updates apps when a new version is released. If a blue dot appears next to one of your apps, it means that app has recently been updated. Running the app for the first time after the update will remove the blue dot.

For instructions on how to enable or disable automatic app updates click here.