iOS 7 is a major upgrade of the mobile OS for iPhones and iPads.
As Apple always focus on providing a great user experience over support for older models, the introduction of iOS 7 leaves behind a few devices.
iOS can only be upgraded on the following devices
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPad 2
- iPad 3rd Generation
- iPad 4th Generation
- iPad Mini
- iPod Touch 5th Generation
For the early adopters of the iPad, sorry but it’s time to upgrade. I do have the first version of the iPad and it’s running the most up to date iOS 5.1.1. It’s still in daily use although it feels a bit sluggish compared to my iPhone 5 running iOS 6.
iPhone 4 users can upgrade to the latest iOS 7 but I’m going to leave my old iPhone 4 on iOS 6. Some people have reported that the user interface is a bit slow.
The iOS 6 is still quite good with notification center over the iOS 5. However closing apps is a chore as you have to hold the icon down for a few seconds to close it. Other than that, I would choose to have the speed over the extra features of iOS 7 on the older iPhone 4.
Although some of the features of the iPhone 5C are nice like the much improved camera, like most people who are locked in a two year mobile contract, I can’t upgrade to the latest.
Updating to iOS 7 feels like getting a new phone and will tide me over till the iPhone 6 is out. If you have the iPhone 4S or 5, do make the upgrade.
The new icons and animation is very beautiful and smooth. I found it fast and it does not feel sluggish on the iPhone 5.
1. Update your iTunes to the latest version
2. Backup and sync your iPhone
3. Ensure that purchases done on iPhone are transferred.
4. Download and update to iOS 7 from iTunes.
The iOS 7 is a hefty download at more than 700mb depending on the device. As such, I would recommend updating while connected to the computer instead of over the air.