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7 iOS 7 Release Date Tips

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Tomorrow, the iOS 7 release date will arrive for millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners across the globe. Many owners plan on upgrading to Apple’s brand new software on day one and for those that are thinking about installing the software tomorrow, we have a few tips that may help the process go a little more smoothly.

At WWDC 2013, Apple debuted its latest iOS update, iOS 7, a piece of software that not only brings new features to owners of the company’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, but also delivers a brand new look that will be far different than the iOS design that was employed in iOS 6, iOS 5 and the software updates before them.

Last week, Apple went over many of the big name iOS 7 features again, detailing AirDrop, the new camera application and its features, the new Control Center, the upgrades to Siri, and the new design that will accompany the software on its way to iDevice owners tomorrow.

iOS 7 arrives tomorrow, likely around 10AM PST.

iOS 7 arrives tomorrow, likely around 10AM PST.

Apple announced that it would be making the update available to the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPod touch fifth-generation starting tomorrow which means that owners of all of those devices will be able to download and install the iOS 7 update when Apple makes it available.

Anyone that has gone through an iOS update processor, particularly a major iOS update process, will tell you that it’s not always smooth sailing. In the past, we’ve seen installation issues due to Apple’s servers getting slammed by requests. We’ve seen bugs emerge alongside software updates, most recently in iOS 6.1 which brought a devastating Exchange bug that killed battery life. We’ve also seen ill-prepared iPhone and iPad owners waltz into an update, not knowing what to expect and getting frustrated with the results.

With the massive changes that will be coming with iOS 7, tomorrow’s release date will be under the microscope. With that in mind, ahead of the iOS 7 release date, we wanted to share some tips with those that plan to upgrade to iOS 7 tomorrow or in the near future.

Be Prepared

While there are certainly millions of veterans out there who have endured many iOS updates, there are those that are very green and will be installing a major iOS update for the very first time. While the process isn’t going to be drastically different than other updates, there are still some things that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners can do, even those that have installed iOS updates before, to make the process as smooth as possible.

The iOS 7 GM download lets anyone with a supported device install IOS 7 early.

Make a back up before installing iOS 7.

First off, be prepared for the iOS 7 update. What we mean by that is, take the steps to ensure a smooth update process. Download the latest version of iTunes, get that Apple ID ready, make a backup so that if iOS 7 goes haywire, files won’t be missing or corrupt.

iOS 7 is a bit of a wildcard given that it’s vastly different than iOS 6 so it’s hard to predict how it will behave. But the more prepared iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners are for the installation process, the better.

Dig Into iOS 7 Before Installing It

Once an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch owner installs iOS 7, there is no going back to iOS 6. So, we suggest that prior to installing iOS 7, owners should dig into iOS 7 and make sure that it’s an update that they want to install on day one.

iOS 7 is full of changes including new features, new icons and updates to Apple’s core applications. And that means that someone who is used to iOS 6, but hasn’t used iOS 7 and all of its feature changes and design changes, is going to be extremely confused once iOS 7 is downloaded. And believe us, there will be those that blindly install iOS 7 without any research and will immediately want to go back to iOS 6.

We highly suggest researching iOS 7, its design, its features, and more before installing it. A good start is by taking a look at our iOS 7 hands-on video below.

Those who are unsure or who haven’t invested any time in learning about the software ahead of time can also wait a day or two, iOS 7 isn’t going anywhere, to read first impressions in regard to the software. Many will be better off that way.

Set Aside Time for the Update

iOS updates are usually pretty seamless, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t take up a lot of time. In fact, we think that the iOS 7 update process could fall between 40 minutes and 135 minutes, depending on the steps that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to take ahead of installing the new software.

Read: iOS 7 Release Time: When to Expect the iOS 7 Download.

The iOS 7 release time is very likely set for September 18th at 10 AM Pacific. Check out when the iOS 7 release could be in your time zone.

The iOS 7 release time is very likely set for September 18th at 10 AM Pacific. Check out when the iOS 7 release could be in your time zone.

With that in mind, we highly recommend setting aside at least an hour of time to make sure that all systems are go and for the download and installation process itself. Given the high profile nature of this update, we could see Apple’s servers get off to a slow start and thus, we could see installation times increase.

So set aside some quiet time in order to get the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch updated as the process may, and will likely require, more than just half-baked attention.

Install at Home Base

Simple, avoid installing iOS 7 while on-the-go. Instead, set aside some time at home when there are fewer distractions and far more ways to obtain information. The last thing that iPhone and iPad owners will want is something to go haywire while at work or in the middle of class. Furthermore, those who are at work may want to wait until they get home, particularly if the iPhone or iPad is important to work flow.

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

After a lengthy wait, the iOS 7 release date is at hand.

We don’t anticipate major issues but as we’ve seen in the past, iOS updates are unpredictable and we could see any number of issues crop up on devices just as soon as its released. So take our advice and install the software from home base. It will make things a whole lot easier should anything go awry.

Know That Bug Fixes Will Come

There are likely going to be bugs that arrive with iOS 7, it’s just part of the game, and something that happens during every major iOS update. While we can’t say what bugs will appear when iOS 7 arrives tomorrow, we can say that any major bugs will be ironed out in swift fashion so there will be no need to panic.

Apple is also testing an iOS 7.0.1 update and an iOS 7.0.2 update according to analytics tools.

Apple is also testing an iOS 7.0.1 update and an iOS 7.0.2 update according to analytics tools.

Apple typically is on the case if it determines a major bug is at hand, so if there are major issues, expect a fast update to iOS 7.0.1. Even if there aren’t any major issues, Apple typically rolls out an iOS 0.1 update just a few weeks after the initial release to tackle any initial issues that iPhone and iPad owners encounter with their new software.

The company does a fantastic job of supporting its software, so much so, that we’ve already heard that an iOS 7.0.1 update is in the works. So don’t panic if there are some initial cobwebs. Apple should work to improve the experience immediately.

If in Doubt, Head to Apple’s Forums

Those that simply cannot wait for a fix will find that the Apple discussion forums are often rife with activity on iOS release days. Users who have issues typically go there first to address their issues and quite often, a resourceful iPhone or iPad owners has the answers.

Whether that’s a nasty installation issue or a bug found within iOS 7, Apple’s discussion forums are a great place to go on day one in an attempt to address any iOS issues that pop up.

Comment sections and Twitter are also helpful places to go should something come up during the iOS 7 installation process or once the software is downloaded and installed.

Wait a Bit

Finally, be patient. More often than not, we see iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners lose their cool if something doesn’t go their way. And typically, we see it happen right when an iOS update is released.

Installing iOS 7 while traveling could cause headaches.

Waiting to install iOS 7 could mean a more fluid process.

If the iOS 7 update is taking a long time, go do something else. There is no sense in getting fired up over something that is not in the hands of owners but is rather, in the hands of Apple’s servers. Usually, things get much better later in the day when Apple’s servers aren’t as constricted so those that aren’t the patient type may just want to wait the first few hours out and install when things have died down.

It has worked for us in the past and it should work out well if there are any initial bumps in the road with iOS 7.

55 Comments

  1. kikeg

    09/17/2013 at 3:09 pm

    :D:D:D

  2. Ronald Hunter

    09/17/2013 at 3:57 pm

    Yes, there are a lot of changes, but most of what most users normally do, make calls, receive calls, send/receive texts, check email, etc., will still work much like they did before. They will look somewhat different, but they will, mostly, seem to work the same. I doubt anyone will be seriously confused by the new interface, once they figure out what the icons look like. For the deeper aspects, and the new features, there will be a bit more of a learning curve, but less than were they switching to Windows Phone, or Android.
    Good luck everyone, and happy updating.

    • Brooke

      09/17/2013 at 4:15 pm

      Will it delete our messages on our apps & text messages & will it sign us out of anything ?

      • alvin

        09/17/2013 at 4:24 pm

        back up your phone just to be safe

        • Brooke

          09/17/2013 at 4:28 pm

          Mine automaticly backs up i just can’t remember if its done it before

      • jhon

        09/17/2013 at 6:16 pm

        i dont think so

      • applecare1

        09/17/2013 at 8:17 pm

        you need to back up your phone using icloud and after u install ios7 log in to your icloud account and everything should be back where it was

    • Jom

      09/17/2013 at 6:56 pm

      No updating happening here right now… Why is this so? I thought today is the release date.

      • Apple

        09/17/2013 at 8:27 pm

        9AM West Coast Time

      • Charles Cook

        09/17/2013 at 9:06 pm

        No it the 18th

        • Nick

          09/17/2013 at 9:10 pm

          It is the 18th!!

    • Olivia

      09/17/2013 at 8:12 pm

      Will I need to backup my things? Or am I safe on that?

  3. Tortishell Cat

    09/17/2013 at 4:46 pm

    I will use these

  4. Jeff Baynham (@JeffBaynham)

    09/17/2013 at 5:09 pm

    If I am using iOS7 GM now, do I need to do anything?

  5. HalfFaceRules

    09/17/2013 at 5:55 pm

    What If You Have An iPod Touch 4Th Generation??? Will you still get it?? Because I Have A 4Th Generation And I Really Want iOS 7… :(

    • Justin

      09/18/2013 at 8:24 am

      Yes you definitely will i do too and i know that it comes on the iphone ipod and ipad. Dont worry youll get it

  6. Ali Malik

    09/17/2013 at 5:57 pm

    i have got a copy of ios 7 GM found a few things irritating like the group texting is not working properly…..weather app crashes and the one which pushed me to go back to ios 6.1.3 is the battery drian to my surprise.

  7. Ngrauch

    09/17/2013 at 6:39 pm

    Will they release it right at midnight or what?

    • Julius

      09/17/2013 at 7:12 pm

      Please

    • Josh

      09/18/2013 at 7:21 am

      11am PT
      1pm EST

  8. Nathanael

    09/17/2013 at 6:44 pm

    Ipod Touch 4th Generation will not be available to download the iOS 7 update, unfortunately.

    • Justin

      09/18/2013 at 8:26 am

      Bullshit. Ipod 4 will get it

      • Nick

        09/18/2013 at 12:10 pm

        No it won’t you stupid twit. The iPod 4 is too old to support iOS 7 obviously. I can’t even begin to handle your stupidity.

  9. satisshan

    09/17/2013 at 6:45 pm

    Can i update now?

  10. Danush

    09/17/2013 at 6:57 pm

    When can i update ?

  11. Nathanael

    09/17/2013 at 7:12 pm

    Tomorrow. Around 12-6 a.m.

  12. Dipesh AppleKing

    09/17/2013 at 8:09 pm

    For any iphone factory unlocks remotely mail us on iphone.service11 at gmail.
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  13. Gautam Rawat

    09/17/2013 at 8:33 pm

    Hi have used iOS 7 2 months back on iphone 5 16GB… it was on Beta 3 at that time.
    It was consuming lot of battery at that time. hope they have fixed that problem. my phone used to die in 5 hours from 100% batt. I researched a bit at that time. what i got to know was something to do with how you install the iOS once installed dont restore backup just set up a new phone and then sink with ur mac or pc and it should be fine. not sure if this still exists but just something to watch out… rest iOS 7 is the best i have come accross a bit of interface changes but ios users will get the hang if it within first 5 mins. in cellular network u can switch data off for individual apps which works very well when u are on international data and want messaging onlyrest you will see as u get along…

    • Nick

      09/17/2013 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks for the info!! Good to know!!

  14. Cole

    09/17/2013 at 8:42 pm

    Just wondering, would updating the iOS version disable parental controls?

  15. Max

    09/17/2013 at 8:55 pm

    What time is it coming in the USA

    • Brittany

      09/17/2013 at 9:10 pm

      10 am tomorrow

  16. Madison

    09/17/2013 at 9:10 pm

    Hate it I can’t iOS 7 my phone just cuz it’s a 3GS

  17. Lucas O' Neill

    09/17/2013 at 9:11 pm

    What time is it in Ireland?

  18. MJ

    09/17/2013 at 9:15 pm

    Y the heck are they letting ppl with the 5th generations get IOS 7 when they resently came out and practically have it really, they should have let ppl with 4th generation iPods get the update really unfair….. Cuz I have the 4th generation iPod and have been waiting forever for this update! Does anybody kno when the update is for the 4th generation iPods ?!?

    • Nick

      09/17/2013 at 9:25 pm

      There is no update for the iPod 4th gen. Duh. It is too old. It can’t handle ios7.

  19. Adi

    09/17/2013 at 10:09 pm

    what time in india?

  20. Matt Dvorak

    09/17/2013 at 10:40 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM8NSSzxNGM

    Welcome to what WP8 have been for almost a year iPhone users

    • Jason

      09/18/2013 at 2:27 am

      Very true, and Apple has always prided themselves on being an innovator, and putting down Microsoft, and yet now has the nerve to copy the design and claim that they did it first. But, as we know since the departure of Woz, Apple has not invented anything.

  21. jordon

    09/18/2013 at 12:48 am

    what time does the ios 7 update come out in AEST?

  22. Karl

    09/18/2013 at 12:52 am

    no update for new Zealand why

  23. Doinks

    09/18/2013 at 1:45 am

    No update yet here in the Philippines

  24. Thaventhiran Dineshanth

    09/18/2013 at 1:49 am

    What time in sri lanka

  25. Jonathan

    09/18/2013 at 1:52 am

    will my ipod 4th generation get into extreme crashing like what i am using now 6.1.3 is already shit enough?

  26. Jaycer

    09/18/2013 at 2:09 am

    No update here in philippines

  27. jack

    09/18/2013 at 2:31 am

    what time is it comeing to england

  28. Anjo

    09/18/2013 at 2:52 am

    What time will be the release date here in the philippines

  29. SkY

    09/18/2013 at 3:15 am

    iOS 7 on asia release daye is 19th september 2013 1am = pacific time 10am

  30. Harrison

    09/18/2013 at 3:22 am

    What time does it come out in spain

  31. Micca

    09/18/2013 at 5:04 am

    Omg! Just wait for it people! Stop asking when! Geez!!

  32. Steve

    09/18/2013 at 6:50 am

    When does it come out in East Moline, IL? 😁

  33. Steve

    09/18/2013 at 6:55 am

    I’ll be glad when 7.0 finally gets here and will update apps automatically – had 31 apps to update this morning in prep for 7.0.

  34. kristy worley

    09/18/2013 at 7:18 am

    does anyone know if ios 7 will fix the problems with wi-fi ?

  35. jcooper24

    09/18/2013 at 9:59 am

    I’m downloading now on my work iPhone 4

  36. Lin

    09/18/2013 at 10:54 am

    first generation IPad user got left…… i feel like a technical step child. no camera!

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