iOS 7 has been officially released! For a full iOS 7 feature run-down, head over to Apple’s website here where they have an extensive breakdown on just what to expect in this new iOS.
For a list of supported devices, and instructions on how to update and prepare your device for the update, read on! If you’re no stranger to iOS updates, then scroll on to the download links!
Not all features are available on all devices.
- Panorama format is available on iPhone 4s or later and iPod touch (5th generation). Square and video formats and swipe to capture are available on iPhone 4 or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
- Filters in Camera are available on iPhone 5 or later and iPod touch (5th generation). Filters in Photos are available on iPhone 4 or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
- AirDrop is available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account.
- Siri is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply. New female and male voices will be available initially in U.S. English, French, and German.
In order to prepare yourself to update your device to iOS 7, you will first need to backup your device. To backup your iDevice, you may either do so in iTunes on a Mac or PC, or via iCloud from the device itself.
- Backup in iTunes: Connect your device to iTunes on your Mac or PC, make sure it is selected in the left pane, and click “Back up now”. You may want to right click your iDevice and “Transfer Purchases” to keep a backup of your apps too, but you can always re-download them from your iDevice later.
- Backup in iCloud: On your iDevice, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Back Up Now. Data is then transferred to iCloud (online) and backed up online. Users get 5GB of iCloud storage free, so depending on how much data (such as pictures and videos) you have, you may need to purchase additional iCloud storage.
Now that you have successfully backed up your data, it is time to update to iOS 7.
iOS 7 Download:
There are currently 2 ways to get your hands on iOS 7:
[NOTE: iOS 7 GM = iOS 7 Final Version. There is no difference. If you are on iOS 7 GM, there is no need to update!]
1) OTA (Over-The-Air) Update
iOS 7 will appear as an OTA (Over-The-Air) update on your iOS device, provided your device is running the latest iOS 6 version. OTA downloads are significantly smaller (and thus quicker) than downloading the entire firmware file (such as in step 2), as only the new/changed system files are downloaded.
To do a manual software update check (if the update has not popped up on your device yet), head over to Settings > General > Software Update. If iOS 7 is available, it will show as an available update. Bear in mind, the update may take a while to propagate (spread) throughout the internet, so this method may take a bit longer while you wait for the update to show up.
JAILBREAKERS PLEASE NOTE: You cannot upgrade OTA if you are currently on a jailbroken device. You will have to follow the instructions in step 2. and RESTORE (not update) to iOS 7, otherwise you will experience issues in upgrading.
2) Update via iTunes
See notes below on using this method. You may also use the direct download links below to update/restore using this method.
- Ensure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes available here (iTunes 11.1)
- Connect your device to your computer using the included USB cable.
- After iTunes opens, select your device when it appears in iTunes under Devices.
- Click “Check for Update” in the Summary pane to check for available updates.
- If an update is available, iTunes prompts you to download and install the update. Do not disconnect your device until the update has finished.
NOTES: Again, this method may take longer for a number of reasons. iTunes does not have the best integrated download manager. Speeds are usually much slower than direct downloads, and updates may take longer to appear after release as they propagate through the servers.
Direct download (below) is our preferred method if you are going to go the iTunes method and not OTA. You will almost always achieve faster download speeds, and depending on your download manager, you will be able to resume the download if it decides to time out, saving you time and bandwidth.
3) iOS 7 Direct Download Links
Following the same steps as step 2) above, with the difference being holding the SHIFT key (on Windows) or ALT/Option key (on a Mac) while pressing Check for Update or Restore in iTunes, and then browsing for the downloaded file (which you will download below).
NOTES: In order to use the below direct download links, you must make sure the file name is saved as .ipsw (some download managers decide to auto-rename these files to .zip and other formats).
***LINKS DO WORK – SERVERS ARE EXTREMELY BUSY AT THE MOMENT. Keep trying
- iPhone 5 (A1429) [South African Version]
- iPhone 5 (A1428)
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 4 (GSM)
- iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A) [Settings > General > About > Model. Models ME798 and ME799 are GSM Rev. A, and any other model is a normal iPhone 4 GSM above]
- iPhone 4 (CDMA)
- iPad (4th generation CDMA)
- iPad (4th generation GSM)
- iPad (4th generation WiFi)
- iPad mini (CDMA)
- iPad mini (GSM)
- iPad mini (WiFi)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi (3rd generation)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (GSM) [South African Version]
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
iTunes 11.1 Direct Download Links
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