The iPhone 5S launch date has been confirmed for September 10th which means that we should also find out what Apple has in store for the iOS 7 release date. Ahead of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C announcement, it’s time to take a look at what iPhone and iPad owners can expected from Apple’s upcoming iOS 7 release.
Back in June, Apple announced a brand new operating system for the iPhone and iPad dubbed iOS 7 which will be coming to replace the company’s current iOS operating system, iOS 6. iOS 6, which arrived with the iPhone 5 last September delivered new features like Apple Maps, Do Not Disturb and PassBook, but it also kept the familiar iOS design that iPhone and iPad owners have come to know over the years.
iOS 7 however will be vastly different iOS 6, not just in terms of features, but in terms of design as well. iOS 7 is going to arrive with a brand new look thanks to the first major redesign to iOS since the inception of iOS back with the first iPhone.
At WWDC in June, Apple showed off the software’s new look, detailing the new design that will accompany iOS 7 to iPhones and iPads across the globe. It also detailed many of the features that will be coming on board including the new AirDrop, the overhauled camera application that now comes with built-in filters, the new Multitasking that will offer users a new way to view their open applications and a new Notification system. The software will also come with new features for Apple’s personal assistant, Siri.
What Apple didn’t detail however was the iOS 7 release date for iPhone and iPad, choosing to instead offer up a vague fall release that we assumed would be alongside the new iPhone.
We now know when the new iPhone 5S will be announced. And with September 10th likely also serving as a launch pad for iOS 7, we expect to hear all about iOS 7 and its release date as Apple typically divulges that information at its iPhone launch events.
We’ve already taken a deep dive into what iPhone and iPad owners should expect from the iOS 7 release date and now, it’s time to take a look at what not to expect from the iOS 7 release date.
iOS 7 for iPhone Release Outside September
While there is a chance that Apple could run into an unforeseen issue with iOS 7 delaying its release, the fact that it announced an iPhone 5S launch date means that we should see the iPhone 5S arrive in September with iOS 7 on board. Apple typically releases its new iPhones with new iOS software and does so just a few days after launch.
What this means is that iOS 7 development is likely on track which means that an iOS 7 for iPhone release date outside of September would be nothing short of shocking. Instead, the software will more than likely roll out between September 10th and September 20th.
Rumors have suggested a roll out on September 10th though that isn’t guaranteed. What is all but guaranteed is a roll out for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 at some point between September 10th and the iPhone 5S release date.
iOS 7 for iPad Release Outside September/October
The iOS 7 for iPad release is a little less clear. For one, we saw the iOS 7 for iPad beta roll out two weeks after the iOS 7 beta for iPhone. This doesn’t confirm a delayed release date but it’s a sign that Apple may need more time to complete the software for arrival. iOS 7 for iPad reportedly is having issues, developers have reported such, and it could be that the iOS 7 for iPad release could be pushed to a date closer to the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 launch event.
Rumors suggest that the iPad mini and the iPad 5 will be out sometime in October which should mean a release in October if Apple isn’t able to get the iPad update out with the update to its iPhones.
Anything past October would be surprising and uncharacteristic given that Apple historically releases software quickly after a launch date. And if Apple misses September for the iPad iOS 7 update, the company is likely going to be working to get it out as fast as possible.
Don’t expect anything outside September or October at this point, Apple likes to please its customers.
Deviation from the Plan
When Apple announces an iOS 7 release date on September 10th, don’t expect there to be any deviation from the date it puts forth. Android updates are often pushed back or moved, even after they are given official release timing. Apple doesn’t deviate from the plan after it issues a specific release date for its software.
What this means is that the date or dates that are announced at the event for the iPhone and iPad will stick. In fact, we should see Apple announce a very specific time frame for the iOS 7 for iPad update, whether its September or October or something else entirely.
Users should also not expect the company to shift from its usual method of releasing iOS software in the morning to early afternoon. Typically, we see updates roll out around 10AM PST and that is what we should see from Apple’s new software.
The only way that doesn’t happen is if Apple releases iOS 7 on the same day of the event in which case we should see the software roll out after the event closes.
In year’s past, we would expect chaos from Apple’s iOS 7 release. With the release of iOS 5, we saw the company’s servers melt under the load, hampering the installation experience for many iPhone and iPad users. Errors greeted users for several hours after its arrival and it left many iPhone and iPad users waiting until the next day to install.
We didn’t, however, see chaos with the iOS 6 update as Apple got its act together delivered a seamless release date experience for those looking to get the new software on day one. There were certainly some bad eggs with users installing through iTunes and OTA running into issues but nothing on par with what we saw in the years previous.
We also saw Apple seamlessly deliver iOS 6 updates throughout the year with minimal issues. With that in mind, we don’t expect there to be chaos with the iOS 7 update and instead, we should see an orderly release that certainly will come with some issues, just not widespread ones.
There is definitely cause for concern given that this update is the biggest change to iOS since the inception of iOS but we still don’t expect Apple to foul this up.
Bug Free iOS 7 Experience
That said, don’t expect a bug free iOS 7 experience. People will certainly run into installation issues but more importantly despite the iOS 7 beta period, we should see a number of iOS 7 bugs emerge after its release.
There are always iOS bugs that surface after release, a bug free update is very rare, and we should see bugs emerge with Apple’s iOS 7 update on the first day of availability.
The iOS 7 beta will likely have taken care of the major issues that developers found with the software but don’t expect iOS 7 to be flawless. Apple of course is fantastic at getting issues fixed in a timely manner, at least issues it deems issues, and if there are bugs expect Apple to iron them out in close proximity to the release.
An Easy Upgrade for 16GB iPhone & iPad Owners
The iOS 7 update should be a large one and it will likely need quite a bit of room to install. What this means is that 16GB iPhone and iPad owners are likely going to run into some issues when trying to install the update, specifically, when installing the update Over-the-Air.
When installing Over-the-Air, users will need to free up space on their phone for the software to install, something that many users may not know. And without a large amount of storage on their iPhone or iPad, this is going to be troublesome.
We don’t expect 16GB iPhone and iPad owners to have an easy upgrade process because of this. There is, however, a remedy in the form of iTunes. While many won’t want to use it, this is a bypass for the storage issues. And while users who are armed with this knowledge will be ready, we still see plenty of iPhone and iPad owners running into difficult come release day.