Apple is now rolling out the update
. Read how to download and install iOS 7
, and be sure to share your knowledge of any issues
that you may run into during the installation process!
Wohoo, the painful wait is almost over, and now users are about to finally get iOS 7 as a free update for their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches! Apple has promised that it'll release the new version of its mobile OS today (September 18)
, and while the company hasn't provided a specific release time at which the update will go live, history shows that users on the west coast will get iOS 7 some time in the morning, at about 10AM PT
. This would mean that east coast is going to get the update at about noon. Meanwhile, it'll be the late afternoon in Europe when iOS 7 is expected to start knocking on the other side of your iPhone's screen.
Updating your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch should be very easy and hassle-free. You can either install the update wirelessly over the air (OTA), or by using the desktop iTunes program. If you prefer the second option, be sure to update your iTunes to the latest version first.
Since that's Apple we're talking about, chances of anything going wrong tend to be slimmer than usual, but it's never a bad idea to back up all of your information before you begin with the update. Also, be sure to have your iPhone charged before that, as it will probably refuse to update if its battery is running low. Finally, it might be wise to consider waiting a day or two before you install the update on your phone, because Apple's servers will surely be quite busy on launch date, resulting in low download speeds and possibly even failed downloads. Besides, if there happen to be any issues with the way Apple's pushing the update, those will probably be resolved in a day or two, though, as we said, it'd be quite surprising if any problems occur.
iOS 7 is compatible with iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, as well as iPod touch 5th generation.
Expected US release times:
|10 AM||11 AM||12 PM||1 PM|
Expected European release times:
|GMT||British||Central European||Eastern European|
|5 PM||6 PM||7 PM||8 PM|
Expected Asian release times:
|1 AM (Sep 19)||1 AM (Sep 19)||2 AM (Sep 19)||2 AM (Sep 19)|
Read more about iOS 7
Apple iOS 7: all the new features
Apple iOS 7: all the new features
2. It comes with a brand new design: flat icons, Helvetica Neue Ultra-like font
3. Goodbye to skeuomorphism: all apps have been redesigned to match the new design
5. New notification center: day overview
8. Camera gets 8 new filters: mono, tonal, noir, fade, chrome, process, transfer, instant
9. Photos now automatically organized
10. AirDrop: contact-less sharing nearby via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
13. App Store gets the new look
15. A brand new contacts app
16. Weather app with gorgeous animations
17. Calendar with no leather
20. Apple iOS 7 is coming this fall
21. The compass app has a level
That iOS 7 comes with a compass app is something you probably know. That the same app has a built-in level as well, however, is a detail you may have missed. Just swipe to the side and – ta-da! You are presented with a tool that can tell you whether your paintings are perfectly leveled or not.
22. Swipe down to access the search bar
In previous iOS versions, the Spotlight search bar was positioned on the home screen's left side, allowing one to search through the data stored on their iPhone or iPad. In iOS 7, the tool is accessible with a swipe down no matter which home screen you're at.
23. The folders are bigger
Folders in iOS 7 can hold much, much more stuff than before – so much that we could place all the apps on our iPhone five into one. In iOS 6, an iPhone 5 could store no more than 16-apps in a single folder.
24. Near me section added in the App Store
In iOS 7, there is a section in the app store showing you what applications are trendy in your area. There is now a wish list as well, allowing you to throw paid apps on it.
25. Contacts can be blocked
People who bother you can be blocked in iOS 7. Any contact can be prevented from texting or calling you be it over FaceTime or not. Missed calls from blocked contacts are marked red in the call log.
26. The clock icon actually moves
Here's what attention to detail means – the clock icon on your home screen actually displays a working, accurate clock.