The iOS 7 Update day is Today! Read on to make sure you're prepared for it.

Early Adopter:  To be, or not to be, that is the question.
So, you can update to Apple’s shiny new mobile operating system today.  Cool....but should you?  Here are a few things to consider in making your decision:

How patient are you?

Update days tend to be a strain on even Apple’s immense infrastructure so be prepared for some delays.  If you are the kind of person who likes to see progress bars zipping along, you might want to wait a couple days.

How critical is your device?

Apple has done exhaustive testing on iOS7 and has a good history of pushing our solid updates.  However, if you are working on a critical project and are about to update your only phone, again, a couple days pause might be wise.

How much do you like shiny new things?

If you are like us, the answer is, ‘A Lot.”  So, asking us why update to iOS 7 when it first comes out is like asking George Mallory why he climbed Everest...”Because it is there...”  If knowing that iOS 7 is available yet not on your iPhone or iPad will act like a “splinter in your mind, driving you mad,” then it’s time for you to read the next simple steps, strap in, and get UPDATED...

Step 1: Wired or Wireless

Decide whether you want to update Over The Air (OTA) or by connecting to  iTunes on your Mac or PC

Normally OTA updates are faster than iTunes because your iPhone or iPad only updates the files that change rather than the whole package.  However, since iOS 7 is changing just about everything, we don’t expect OTA to be appreciably faster than the iTunes approach.  It boils down to personal preference and whether you have easy access to iTunes and a sync cable.

Step 2: Backup

Even though the update will mostly likely go swimmingly, it’s always a good idea to have a backup, just in case.  Chances are you already have a backup if you use iCloud or iTunes, but here’s how to make a manual backup, better safe than sorry.

The iTunes Way

Plug your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into your Mac and launch iTunes. Click on the iOS device in the list in the left sidebar. You’ll see a section called Manually Back Up and Restore. Click on the Back Up Now button and wait for your device and Mac to talk to each other, making a nice, new backup.  If you don’t have the left sidebar turned on, just click on the iPhone or iPad tap on the top right.

The iCloud Way

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Launch your Settings app on your iPad or iPhone, and tap on the iCloud settings button. Scroll down a bit and tap on Storage & Backup. Once there, scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap on Back Up Now. You’ll get a new backup, conveniently stored on Apple’s own iCloud servers.

Now you’ve got the peace of mind that comes from having a brand new backup of all your iOS device data. When you upgrade to iOS 7, should anything go wrong, you’ll know you can get your stuff back when you figure it all out. 

Step 3: Do it

To upgrade using Wi-Fi:

Note: If your iPhone or iPad's battery is under 50%, you will want to plug it into your charger while performing the update.

  1. Go into the iPhone or iPad's Settings.
  2. Locate and tap "General" from the menu on the left.
  3. The second option from the top is "Software Update". Tap this to move into the update settings.
  4. Tap "Download and Install". This will start the upgrade, which will take several minutes and will reboot your iPad during the process. Sometimes the screen goes black or does not seem to progress for several minutes; this is normal.  Do not panic :-P If the Download and Install button is grayed out, trying clearing up some space. The space required by the update is mostly temporary, so you should gain most of it back after iOS 7 is installed.
  5. After updating, you may be asked a few questions when your device finally boots back up. This is to account for new settings and features.

To upgrade using iTunes:

First, connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac using the cable provided when you purchased your device.

You will also need the latest version of iTunes. If you don’t have the latest version, iTunes will be prompt you to download the latest version.

Here we go:

  1. Once iTunes is launched, it should automatically detect that a new version of the operating system exists and prompt you to upgrade to it. Choose Cancel. Before updating, you will want to manually sync your iPhone or iPad to make sure everything is up to date.
  2. After canceling the dialog box, iTunes should automatically sync with your iPhone or iPad.
  3. If iTunes doesn't automatically sync, you can manually do it by selecting your iPad within iTunes, clicking on the File menu and choosing Sync from the list.
  4. After your iPhone or iPad has been synced to iTunes, select your iPhone or iPad within iTunes. You can find it on the left side menu under Devices.
  5. From the iPhone or iPad screen, click on the Update button.
  6. After verifying that you want to update your iPhone or iPad, the process will begin. It takes a few minutes to update the operating system during which time your iPhone or iPad may reboot a few times.  Sometimes the screen goes black or does not seem to progress for several minutes; this is normal.  Do not panic :-P
  7. After updating, you may be asked a few questions when your device finally boots back up. This is to account for new settings and features.

 

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