News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday September 18, 2013.
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Apple has begun rolling out the iOS 7 update for compatible iPhones and iPads. The 752 MB update package can now be downloaded on the iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad Mini, and the iPod 5th generation models. The download can be accessed by going to Settings > General > Software Update or downloading iTunes 11.1 and connecting a phone to search for an update. The new version may not be visible to everyone right away, but periodically refreshing should reveal a prompt to update (it took me four attempts over 30 minutes).
Updating to iOS 7 will introduce some drastic visual changes and take a long time to complete, so iPhone or iPad owners would be wise to perform a few tasks before proceeding with their download:
- Back up phone data by connecting to iTunes or iCloud and creating a backup of contacts, photos, and other information.
- Ensure that the battery is charged before applying. It's also wise to keep the phone charged while downloading over-the-air because the large file can take more than an hour to arrive even on a fast Wi-Fi connection.
The easiest, and most expensive, way to get iOS 7 is to just buy an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C tomorrow. However, this is obviously a more economical and sensible way of getting the latest software. Be sure to tryout iTunes Radio, new animations and design, and several other iOS 7 changes once the update is installed.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.