As expected, Apple announced the iOS 7 release date for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at today’s iPhone 5S launch event, giving owners of its older devices a date on which to expect the update. There is far more to the iOS 7 release date than the date itself and here, we breakdown everything iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to know about the upcoming iOS 7 release.
All the way back at WWDC 2013 in June, Apple debuted its brand new piece of iOS software dubbed iOS 7, software that will be coming to replace the current version of iOS, iOS 6. iOS 6 arrived last September alongside the iPhone 5 and like the iPhone 5, the software will be put into retirement by Apple’s new operating system.
It was there at WWDC that we learned quite a bit about iOS 7. We heard about its brand new Notifications, the improved multitasking that allows users to get a preview of their applications while changing back and forth, the changes to Siri, the overhauled camera application and maybe most importantly, the huge changes to the look of iOS.
iOS 7 represents the single biggest change to the look of the iOS operating system since, well, the inception of iOS. And it’s going to be coming to many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners real soon.
One thing that Apple did not touch on at WWDC was the iOS 7 release date. The company confirmed it for the fall but it was only a few weeks ago that we learned that the software would likely be making its debut in September.
Rumors suggested that it could be out as soon as today but those turned out to be wrong. Instead, our September 18th prediction came true and that will be the day that iOS 7 rolls out to owners of various iDevices.
There is more to the iOS 7 release date than the date and here, we breakdown everything users need to know about September 18th which is now confirmed to be the day that iOS 7 will roll out.
iOS 7 for iPhone & iPad on Same Day
After several betas, rumors about delays and more, Apple announced both the iOS 7 for iPhone release date and the iOS 7 for iPad release date. And guess what? They both land on the same day.
Eligible iPhones, iPads and iPod touches will be upgraded from iOS 6 to iOS 7 on September 18th through an optional update via iTunes or Over-the-Air, also known as an OTA update. What this means is that users can either plug into a computer and update through iTunes or simply head into the device’s settings to update to iOS 7 when it becomes available.
Make no mistake about it, Apple will roll out iOS 7 to all three of its mobile devices on September 18th. We’ve seen the iOS 7 GM drop today, a sign that the final version is ready for arrival, and those who have been waiting since June will have their chance to install iOS 7 for the first time in just a few short days.
1PM/10AM Roll Out Expected
What Apple did not announce was a roll out time for the iOS 7 update, something that doesn’t come as much of a surprise seeing as the company never announces exactly when its updates will roll out.
Fortunately, we have a pretty good idea based on Apple’s iOS 7 roll out history. Historically, the company rolls out its updates in the early afternoon on the east coast and in the morning for those that are on the west coast of the United States. The company seems to like to push updates around 1PM EST and 10AM PST.
This of course isn’t confirmed but we would be shocked to see the software roll out at any other time.
Some Devices Won’t Get iOS 7
At today’s event, there were no surprises for those that were initially left out of the iOS 7 party back at WWDC. In June, Apple announced that iOS 7 would be coming to select devices with other devices being left behind and that stance did not change at today’s iPhone event as Apple stayed the course.
Apple will be updating a number of big name devices with iOS 7 including the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch fifth-gen, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and last year’s iPad mini.
What this means is that the original iPad and the iPhone 3GS will be missing out on iOS 7 and will instead be relegated to older versions of Apple’s operating system.
Of course, this is likely for their own good. What this is also means is that this might be the last major update to the iPhone 4S, the device that replaced the iPhone 4 in 2011.
Some Devices Getting iOS 7 Will Miss Out on Features
That said, not all iOS 7 updates will be created equal. At WWDC, Apple announced that some devices would be missing out on iOS 7 features and the company has stuck to its guns with the final version of iOS 7. Here is how the iOS 7 updates will breakdown for each device that receives the update on September 18th.
The iPhone 5 is going to be getting the full version of iOS 7. That means that it will get the AirDrop features that allows users to easily share files with one another. It will Square and the other video formats along with the ability to swipe to capture in the camera. It will also get iOS 7′s new filters that will be coming in the camera app itself and with photos.
The changes to Siri will of course be on board which means that users will be able to control their new iTunes Radio stations or simply play a voicemail from a sibling that lives across the country.
The iPhone 4S will be getting most of what iOS 7 has to offer though there will be a few things missing when the iOS 7 update arrives on September 18th. Among them filters in camera and AirDrop. That’s it. Other than those two features, iOS 7 should have everything else that is coming along for the ride in a few days.
Apple’s aging iPhone 4 won’t get a full version of iOS 7 either as it will not only be missing out on AirDrop and filters in camera, but it won’t come with Panorama or Siri either as those functions are for the iPhone 4S and higher.
The iPad 4 is only going to be missing out on one feature: filters in camera. Other than that, the fourth-generation iPad will be coming with all of the other features that iOS 7 has to offer making it the iPad with the best feature set. Well, that is until the iPad 5 arrives later on this year.
iPad 3 owners will be missing out on AirDrop and filters in camera and that’s it, putting it just about on par with the iPad 4 in terms of features.
The iPad 2 is going to be getting the short end of the stick as it will be missing out on AirDrop, filters in camera, filters in photos, square and video formats, and swipe to capture. None of the iPads will be coming with panorama mode.
The iPad mini will, like the iPad 4 and iPad 3, be missing two iOS 7 features including AirDrop and filters in camera.
iPod touch fifth-generation
Apple’s iPod touch fifth-generation will be the only generation of iPod touch that receives the upgrade to iOS 7. And fortunately for owners, it won’t be missing out on much on release day. In fact, it will be getting everything that the iPhone 5 gets which means, well, everything.
There Are Reasons to Wait
As we pointed out yesterday, there are two sides to the coin when it comes to the iOS 7 release date. While many will feel the urge to install iOS 7 on September 18th, there are also plenty of reasons why iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners might want to look into waiting a day or two to install the software on the device.
Those who are jailbroken, those who haven’t had time to prepare their device for the software upgrade, those who are unfamiliar with iOS 7, those who are afraid of bugs. These are the types of people that may want to hold off on installing on September 18th.
We fully expect the software to be void of catastrophic issues upon its release but fortunately Apple doesn’t force installation on release day meaning users have the option of waiting beyond release day to install.