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7 Reasons Not to Update to iOS 7 on Release Day

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The iOS 7 release date is at hand with Apple scheduled to talk iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iOS 7 at tomorrow’s iPhone event in Cupertino. At the event, we should hear about the iOS 7 release date and as exciting as that is, there are plenty of reasons why iPhone and iPad users might want to think about avoiding iOS 7 on its release day.

Tomorrow, Apple is set to take the stage in Cupertino to announce several new products, rumored to be the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. And while much of the focus is going to be on the new iPhones, there will certainly be some talk about Apple’s new operating system, iOS 7, which is scheduled to bring a massive changes to Apple’s software for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Instead of just adding hundreds of new features like it has done in the past, iOS 7 also will be coming with a redesign for owners of Apple’s mobile products. Owners of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4 will be seeing changes to the look of the overall user interface and the stock apps that are contained within, including the camera app and Siri.

It’s an update that is being described as the biggest change to iOS since the release of the first iPhone, a testament to just how big Apple thinks these changes are.

Soon, Apple will release iOS 7 to the public. We know that based on history which suggests that Apple will deliver an iOS 7 release date tomorrow for owners of its older devices. Rumors suggest that the iOS 7 release could come as soon as tomorrow though we expect it to be delivered sometime in between September 10th and September 20th, the latter being the rumored iPhone 5S release date.

And while there will be great excitement amongst iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners, there are some owners that will want to hold off on downloading it on release day, either out of principal or out of necessity.

Here, we take a look at who shouldn’t install Apple’s new iOS 7 on release day.

If You’re Jailbroken

Simply put, iPhone and iPad owners who are jailbroken on iOS 6 or below, should avoid updating to iOS 7 in order to keep their device jailbroken.

While iOS 7 will be bringing some features that should be enticing to those that may have jailbroken their device on iOS 6 and below, as we’ve pointed out, there are still some reasons to remain on a jailbroken iPhone or iPad.

How to evasi0n iOS 6.1 Jailbreak - iPhone 5 - 3

If you’re jailbroken, avoid iOS 7.

There is progress being made with an iOS 7 jailbreak but there is no chance that it’s going to be available on release day or any time right after it. Instead, we expect to have to wait until at least iOS 7.1 before we see an iOS 7 jailbreak roll out.

Precedent

iOS 6 saw its fair share of bugs, just like the iOS updates before it. We’ve seen issues ranging from battery life issues to Wi-Fi problems plague iOS 6 users on both the iPhone and iPad. iOS isn’t alone. Software updates from companies like Apple, Google and more typically have a bunch of bugs on board, even after extensive testing.

Control Center is a flagship new iOS 7 feature.

Expect there to be bugs in iOS 7. And expect an iOS 7.0.1 update just a few weeks later.

The iOS 7 beta period likely wiped out many of the bigger issues, but we still plan to see a collection of iOS 7 bugs and issues arise on release day. Expect battery life to be one of those issues. Last year we saw Passbook become unusable for some users right from the get-go, only to see those issues solved in the days after.

So for those that are currently experiencing a relatively bug free experience on iOS 6.1.4 or below, it might be worth holding off until iOS 7 reviews emerge in the days after its release date, or, perhaps until iOS 7.0.1 which should come a few weeks after release and be aimed at any bugs that are plaguing the initial release.

To Avoid Any Installation Issues

We often see installation issues arise on iOS release dates, either due to Apple server issues or due to other errors that pop up during the installation process. Chances are, many iPhone and iPad owners won’t encounter issues, we’ve seen Apple prepare better for iOS updates and we’ve seen errors slim down, but there is still a chance that some users will encounter problems.

Beware of buying a used iPhone with iOS 7 installed. If the phone is not wiped you could be out of luck.

We’ve seen iDevice owners run into a myriad of iOS installation issues in the past.

Those who don’t wish to deal with any of the nonsense that sometimes accompanies the installation process on release day, can simply remain patient, and wait until the issues are ironed out or solved. iOS 7 won’t be going anywhere and those who wait can install a day or two after the initial rush to grab Apple’s iOS 7 software.

If You’re Traveling

Those who are traveling may want to hold off on installing iOS 7 to their iPad or their iPhone. For one, there could be issues that affect files on board either device. This is particularly troublesome for travelers who haven’t backed up their data. If something were to go wrong, not having easy access to a personal computer could make things more difficult than they already would be as well.

Installing iOS 7 while traveling could cause headaches.

Installing iOS 7 while traveling could cause headaches.

Those who are reliant on their phone or tablet when traveling should think twice about installing while on-the-go to avoid any issues that could hamper the progress of a trip.

Simply wait for the trip to be over, rely on iOS 6, and install when ready.

If You’re Unprepared

Speaking of being ready, iPhone and iPad users who aren’t prepared for the iOS 7 update should hold off on installing the software on day one. Users who won’t have time to back up their data, clean up their device, get iTunes upgraded and more, will likely want to think about holding off until all of that is done. Users who have little space on their phone might also want to think about holding off so that they have more time to determine how to best free up space for iOS 7.

If you're not prepared for iOS 7, wait until you are to install.

If you’re not prepared for iOS 7, wait until you are to install.

Maybe more importantly, those who aren’t familiar with iOS 7 might want to hold off and read up on the big changes that will be coming with the software. For many, iOS 7 is going to be a surprise, a shock, as it is vastly different looking than iOS 6. Things will be different places, stock apps that have been the same for years will have different functionality and different looks.

The best way to acclimate to the software is by using it, but there are those that might benefit from a little extra time reading up on the update before finally taking the plunge.

If You’re Using a Work Phone

In the past, we’ve seen iOS 6 updates cause havoc for owners who are using a company iPhone. We’ve seen Exchange issues occur with iOS updates and we’ve seen folks run into battery life issues with their work phone on days when problems are unacceptable.

So, those who are using an iPhone as a work phone may want to hold off until iOS 7 bugs can be established and until a company gives the go-ahead to install the software, something that may not necessarily come on day one.

If You Have Critical Apps

Many iPhone and iPad users use applications to get them through the school day or workday. And while developers have started updating their applications for compatibility with iOS 7, there will likely be some that don’t get updates by the time iOS 7 arrives which could mean that they will not be agreeable with Apple’s new software.

Rumors point to a possible iOS 7 iPad release delay, but we think Apple is pushing to deliver it at the same time as the iPhone version.

Apps could be wonky after installing iOS 7.

For those are rely on apps throughout the day for work flow or something else, it’s going to be best to hold off on installing iOS 7 until an app is updated with support or if reviews indicate that the coast is clear.

38 Comments

  1. ryan

    09/09/2013 at 7:23 pm

    thanx for a gr8 warn-up i am just so excited of it’s release but i think we should hold off for a time..

  2. Nick

    09/09/2013 at 8:32 pm

    What time dose iOS 7 come out??¿¿

    • Paul

      09/10/2013 at 2:14 am

      I heard some rumors that it’ll be immediately following the convention. But who knows with apple.

    • Desiree Wlodarski

      09/10/2013 at 1:26 pm

      10am with iphone5 other are sept18

    • Frank

      09/11/2013 at 4:26 pm

      iOS 7 gold master version is out u can download it Fromm Google and update to iOS 7 using iTunes. :) enjoy

    • Tejas Narayan

      09/16/2013 at 1:14 am

      Wednesday

    • Tli

      09/18/2013 at 3:28 am

      1 pm eastern

    • Priscilla

      09/18/2013 at 8:03 am

      Eastern – 1 PM
      Central – 12 PM
      Mountain – 11 AM
      London – 6 PM
      Moscow – 9 PM
      New Dehli – 10:30 PM
      Shanghai – 1 AM Thursday
      Tokyo – 2 AM Thursday
      Melbourne – 3 AM Thursday
      Auckland – 5 AM Thursday

  3. Christian Rogers

    09/09/2013 at 9:35 pm

    please forgive me if i say something that might offend you but some of your info is not entirely correct and Its 2013 im sure apple has pretty good grasp on update. also when it comes to the issues of people updating it to the past and having issues was 95% of the time their fault due to unplugging while its updating through iTunes. However in my opinion i think it be just fine to update when IOS 7 is released cause apple would not release a update without completely making sure it works.

    • iOS advisor

      09/10/2013 at 4:38 am

      As an iOS technical advisor I have to say you shouldn’t call the writer of this article a liar, they are completely correct. Updates fail sometimes and it’s not always the users fault as well there’s definitely going to be lots of bugs because NOTHING is perfect and if you hold out hope that technology of all things is perfect or expect it to be then you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment.

    • Michael Perini

      09/10/2013 at 12:16 pm

      Apple maps?

  4. Fernie Hernandez

    09/09/2013 at 9:53 pm

    I can’t wait till it comes out tomorrow XD it looks nice they done a good job

  5. John Bosco

    09/09/2013 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for a wonderful post…

  6. william adams

    09/09/2013 at 10:04 pm

    Apple iOS 7 Latest Image Gallery – Apple iOS 7 will be release soon. The design of iOS 7 is very beautiful because of it’s all of those things.
    http://www.timesofbook.com/2013/09/apple-ios-7-image-gallery.html

  7. Anonymous

    09/09/2013 at 10:07 pm

    When did IOS 6.1.4 come??????

    • Yaseen

      09/09/2013 at 10:58 pm

      its available for Iphone 5 only… n its been a long time now that they have released it…

    • Aashir

      09/10/2013 at 2:05 am

      ios 6.1.4 is only for iphone 5 users

    • Lauryn

      09/10/2013 at 3:02 am

      It didn’. Apple stopped updating iOS 6 at 6.1.3

      • Ryan

        09/10/2013 at 10:04 am

        iOS 6.1.4 was released on iPhone 5 months ago…

  8. Joey Miller

    09/09/2013 at 10:09 pm

    iOS 7 will 99% likely release on September 20th. iOS 6 was on the 19th of 2012…and we all know how apple plans and sticks to a plan..

  9. takia

    09/09/2013 at 10:13 pm

    I’m so impatient

  10. your friend

    09/09/2013 at 10:27 pm

    very uninformative. you really tried hard to have so many words on the page, yet there is no substance. an absolute waste.

  11. reeta

    09/09/2013 at 10:34 pm

    All images are looking good. Everyone should watch this images.
    http://www.timesofbook.com/2013/09/apple-ios-7-image-gallery.html

  12. Kunj Yadav

    09/10/2013 at 1:19 am

    Is it true that iOS 7 will release on or before 18 sept?
    i got from below link.
    http://technoparadisee.blogspot.in/2013/09/ios-7-could-be-released-for-download-on.html

  13. David Lytton

    09/10/2013 at 1:32 am

    Great advice re postponing iOS 7 until bugs are sorted. Thanks Adam!

  14. Frank Sheeran

    09/10/2013 at 2:37 am

    What a load of nonsense! I have been using IOS 7 Beta for some time now and most bugs have beefcironedcout. I would suggest the author has don’t used the beta as he would then realise that many of the “issues” he highlights here do not exist. The term Luddite springs to mind!

  15. Danish

    09/10/2013 at 5:19 am

    PLS LEMME KNOW WHEN IOS 7 is coming out in public
    And also the jailbreak date

  16. allas

    09/10/2013 at 9:23 am

    what time it coming

  17. Sam

    09/10/2013 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you for letting me know! I will do so

  18. jailbreak ios 7

    09/10/2013 at 1:41 pm

    well I will upgrade because they already jailbroke ios 7 so thats good.

    • Danish

      09/11/2013 at 7:35 am

      So can we jailbreak ios 7 ipad 2 … PLS REPLY

      • MELVIN

        09/17/2013 at 9:36 am

        NO

  19. Bob

    09/10/2013 at 5:02 pm

    If you have the ios 7 beta ? Do you have to take it off your phone to get the final version of iOS 7?

  20. suchitra

    09/10/2013 at 9:56 pm

  21. parth

    09/18/2013 at 1:46 am

    what time will the update arive for india?

    • Admam

      09/18/2013 at 11:48 pm

      22:30 wed india time

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