On the 19th of September 2013, Apple finally flipped the switch for the user version of the iOS 7 which is now available for everyone to download. Took us sometime to complete the download due to slow internet speed and issues from the Apple server but we eventually got our hands on it.
Installation was seamless and we were welcomed by a whitish welcome page with “HELLO” in different languages. We followed the installation guide to the very end without any issues.
Now to what you are hitching to hear. Firstly of all, the new iOS 7 is totally different from what you have been seeing in the past. Total re-modification was carried out by the developers at Apple.
For owners of older Apple devices excluding iPhone 3GS and older iPods have nothing to worry about as the new OS works very well on older models.
What you need to do before you download and install the new iOS 7:
- Update iTunes to the latest version (i.e. Ver 11.1)
- Download the applicable ipsw firmware for your device by connecting to iTunes or your can download with any download manager from Redmondpie‘s website. We recommend downloading from redmondpie for those who have intermittent internet connection because you can pause your download if the connection is lost. OR
- Install via OTA (Over The Air) from your Apple device running iOS 6. Simply go to “SETTINGS”>>>”GENERAL”>>>”SOFTWARE UPDATE”>>> wait for the device to check for the available update and install. Note it will also pause your download should you lose you connection while downloading.
- Once installation has been completed, follow the installation guide and sit back while you await your new OS. For those who downloaded from Redmondpie (See instructions below)
How to Use IPSW files
You can use IPSW files on Mac or Windows, both require iTunes to work properly.
- Connect your iPhone or iOS device to your computer
- Select the device in iTunes
- On a Mac, hold down the “Option” key and then click on “Update”
- On a Windows PC, hold down “SHIFT” key and then click on “Update”
- Select the IPSW file you downloaded and click “Choose”
- Let the iOS device update as usual
What we observed while using the new OS:
- New and beautiful layout to enter your passcode. (it more stylish now than ever)
- New visual display when installing or updating an app (clock like display)
- Smooth and responsive layout. (Even on the the iPad 2)
- Multitasking now works like it should (with a 3D effect). To bring this up, simply double tap the HOME BUTTON.
- New notification area (gives information about calendar, events, weather and notifications from apps such as twitter and those you missed while away from your device). To bring this up, simply swipe down from the top of the screen.
- New look for App Store, Note, Calendar, Contacts, Safari etc
- Network bar has been changed to dots
- Now you do not have to re-enter the APN settings after updating your device as the case was with previous versions
- More options for users in Settings with the introduction of Notification Centre, Control Centre etc
- Apple has decided to return the previous setting for mobile data with new additions such as information on use of mobile data by apps
- New spotlight. To bring this up, simply swipe THREE fingers down from the top of the page.
- New feature in App Store which shows you popular apps near you
- Sharing via Safari is much more easier with just a click away
- New quick access to play music, wifi, bluetooth, do not disturb, airplane mode, mute, camera, timer and brightness. To bring this up, simply swipe up at the bottom of the screen to bring it up.
- Bug affecting inputting or viewing individual mail signatures have been fixed
- You can integrate events from your inbox with Calendar
What we didn’t like about the new iOS 7:
- Annoying twitter notification for every new tweet
- Do not disturb not working automatically
- Pictures in Photos were duplicated after updating
- Apple has decide to do away with the swipe to delete function but you can swipe to the left on the message to see more options like archive, move to junk etc.
Well thats all from us for now. We would like to hear your experience about the new OS.