iOS 7 Release: A Beginner’s Guide to Apple’s New Operating System

Tomorrow Apple Inc. will finally show the world the biggest changes it has made to iOS since the operating system was first launched. So you might need to prepare your iDevice for the new software.

The new operating system was first shown to developers and tech journalists in June. Photo: Apple Inc.

This week Apple will release to the public its new iPhone operating system – iOS 7. The innovation was unveiled at the company’s annual developers’ conference back in June and was hailed by chief executive Tim Cook as “the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone”.

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, there are some things you should know for an easy and more successful using of the software.

It will be “like getting a brand new device, but one that will still be instantly familiar to our users,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

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.

However, it should be pointed out that iOS 7 will not work on every iDevice Apple has ever made. Due to performance constraints, iOS 7 works on the following: iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, fifth generation iPod touch (2012), iPad 2, 3 and 4, and iPad mini.

Installing iOS 7 will give you access to some exciting new features, such as improved multitasking and AirDrop, and the complete visual overhaul will of course make your Apple device look completely different.

Well, then before downloading the new iOS 7 back up your data via iCloud. Even though Apple does it automatically, the feature has to be enabled. The best way to do is using a manual back up.

To set this up, visit Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage, and then click “Back Up Now.”

For those with a ton of data you might not be able to complete the backup — you’ll have to either transfer files (photos, etc.) via an Apple connector to a computer, delete a few apps you haven’t used in awhile, or make room elsewhere.

Another thing you should do is backing up your iTunes library. First, ensure you are running the latest version of iTunes as this will be required to install iOS 7. To do this, click the Apple logo in the upper-left corner of your Mac and click Software Update.

Then connect your device to a computer to sync with iTunes, but note this might be disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on. Right-click the device in iTunes under Devices and select Back Up. You can also back it up by clicking the file menu and select Devices > Back Up.

You can receive your iOS 7 update just over Wi-Fi and without the need to plug into a computer. Simple go to the Settings app and then General > Software Update. iOS will then check to see if iOS 7 is available; once found, tap Download.

When you first turn on the iOS device with iOS 7, Apple welcomes you with a “Hello,” in a variety of different languages. Then slide from left to right to start setting up the device, says 9to5mac.

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