Thursday, 19 September 2013

iOS 7 out for download, here's how to install it on your devices

After months of building, designing and waiting, Apple iOS 7 is now here for download on your iPads, iPod Touch and iPhones. Dubbed by Apple as '' the biggest change since the iPhone made it debut''. With iOS 7, the Apple devices will look so different, due to its new design interface.

Before I show you to get iOS 7 on device, it is imperative that you bear in mind that iOS 7 will only run on iPhone 4, and then other Apple devices will follow suit, as mentioned above. And before you install, keep this five things in mind: check device compatibility, delete unused apps, update installed apps, backup your devices and last but not least, update iTunes.

Here's how to install iOS 7 on your
Apple devices.
Method 1: Over the air
If you are on a Wi-Fi network, you can upgrade to iOS 7 without needing to bother with iTunes. Go to Settings > General > Software Update and click the Download and Install button for iOS 7. You may run into some issues today with Apple's servers getting slammed by millions of iOS device upgraders. My download failed about a dozen times this afternoon before finally completing.
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After tapping the Download and Install button (and crossing your fingers), you'll need to tap to agree to Apple's terms and conditions and either heed or ignore Apple's advice to connect your device to a power source during the download to save battery.
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Once you have successfully downloaded the file, which was 667MB for my 16GB iPhone 4S on Verizon, you'll be greeted by an Install Now button. After the update installs and your device restarts, you'll know immediately that you're using iOS 7, right from its initial greeting:
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Slide to configure iOS 7. You'll need to click through the following setup screens:

Hooray! The update is complete!
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Location Services, yes or no?
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Sign in to iCloud.
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New and improved Find My iPhone...noted.
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Add a passcode to keep prying eyes away from your data.
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Method 2: Via iTunes
If you are near your computer with iTunes, it might be faster to update this way. In my experience, updating my iPad 2 via iTunes was faster than updating my iPhone 4S over the air. The first order of business is to update iTunes to version 11.1. Open iTunes and then click iTunes > Check for Updates to install the latest version.
Once iTunes is up-to-date, connect your iOS device. Click on your device in the upper-right corner of iTunes and then click the Update button.
A pop-up window will appear, alerting you that a new iOS version is available for your device. Click the Download and Update button. (Or, if you are going to need your phone in the near future, opt for the Download Only button to download it now and install later. iOS 7 is a 649MB download for my iPad 2 and took the better part of an hour to download and install via iTunes.)
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If you chose to download and install the update, you can monitor its progress in the status window at the top of iTunes. Keep your device connected to your computer until your device restarts. After restarting, your device will greet you in any number of languages by the blinding white iOS 7 setup screen.

Que paso?
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Slide to enter iOS 7's setup process, which will have you tap through a handful of screens to configure settings, including Location Services, iCloud, iMessage and FaceTime, Find my iPad, and a passcode.

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