iOS 7 is upon us. Some time midday Wednesday, that little red icon will appear on your Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod; letting you know an update is waiting. This important event must be planned for accordingly and analyzed carefully once executed.
With that in mind, please work your way through our pre and post update checklist so that you can enjoy iOS 7 Day to the fullest.
Backup, Backup, Backup
We have been encouraging our readers to take advantage of iCloud backup since iOS 5. It is simply the best way to preserve your data from loss and prevent yet another social media status update proclaiming “Got a new phone. Text me your number!” It also makes it a breeze to set up a new device.
In the spirit of the Internet, we will simply redirect you to a comprehensive source for backing up your iDevice instead of doing the work ourselves. Whether using iCloud (you should) or syncing manually to your computer, preserving your contacts, calendars, texts, game data, photos, documents, etc. is vital before updating to a new operating system.
Visit our friends at 9to5mac for a thorough walk through of backing up your device.
iOS updates take space. And let’s face it, you have piles of pictures, vines, and animated gifs cluttering your device. It may be time to sift through that camera roll and delete all the pictures of the back of your hand. Pay attention to text messages as well. Images and Gifs sent via text take up quite a bit of space.
A good purge is healthy every once in a while. Make tonight the night.
Hurry Up and Wait
Now it’s time to anxiously await that notification to come in. Instead of staring at your device non stop until that blessed moment (guilty), make sure you are connected to a good strong wifi or plugged in to your computer via your USB cord. Any interruption during the updating process can lead to a mess that even tech savvy people dread.
When that icon does appear, tap on your Settings app, then General, then Software Update. You’re now a click and a wait away from a brand new phone.
Take a Deep Breath and Dive In
This is going to be fun and frustrating. Many things you are familiar with on your iDevice will be different. But it’s worth exploring. To ease the pain, we will walk you through a few new features and new icons.
Most of the stock icons got a new coat of paint. Below is a graphic to help explain:
Now that you’re comfortable with the icons. Let’s discover some new features.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to expose Control Center:
With Control Center you have easy access to your most used settings and apps.
Now swipe down from the top of the screen to expose Notification Center.
Notification Center has three different panes to swipe through, exposing your alerts. Like Control Center it can be accessed from any screen including the Lock Screen.
Now you should explore the camera. After all, it is probably your most frequently used point and shoot device. The new Camera App has live filters, new shooting modes, and a new layout.
Now that you have an app open, double click the home button to bring up the new multitasking window. These live views of your open apps can be scrolled through, tapped to open, and flicked away to close.
Head into the Photos App and take a look at the new layout. iOS 7 groups your photos by location and date to help manage the endless stream of food pictures in your camera roll. You can even zoom out to the year view with just a pinch.
Select an image and you can share it in several different ways by tapping the share button at the bottom of the screen (box with an arrow pointing up). That will take you to the new Share Sheet where you can send it to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, Messages, Flickr, etc. You also have an option to share via AirDrop. With AirDrop, anyone who has an iPhone near you becomes a tappable contact. Simply tap their name or photo and the photo will be shared instantly.
There are many more features we will leave you to explore on your own. Siri, iTunes Radio, and Safari would be good places to start. Let us know your favorite features in the comments below.
A Word of Caution
With any new overhaul, some third part apps won’t work like you remember. In some cases they may be non functional until the developer pushes the update to the App Store (did we mention your Apps update automatically now?). Be patient as developers update their apps. And in the meantime, if you absolutely can’t function at work or school without a certain app, check to see that it is updated in the App Store before transitioning to the new operating system.
Good Luck! And Happy iOS Day!