Apple iOS 7 will be available to download on September 18th on select iPhones and iPads.
The whole world gathered for Apple’s iPhone launch event in San Francisco yesterday. At the event Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C , but those who've already bought an Apple device were not forgotten. With Apple confirming that the latest version of their mobile operating system (Apple iOS 7) will be available to download on September 18th.
Owners of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad Mini now only have a week to wait before they get the iOS 7 update. Sadly, that means that owners of the iPhone 3GS and the original iPad will no longer be getting software updates.
Apple iOS 7 is a bug update because the operating system has undergone a complete visual redesign, dropping the old user interface which was introduced all the way back in iOS 4. Infact, after installing the update it’ll seem like you’ve got a whole new smartphone, although sadly you’ll still be lacking the iPhone 5S's fingerprint sensor.
Standout new features of iOS 7 include the new “Control Center” which can be accessed from any screen with a simple swipe up. From there you’ll be able to adjust all of the most frequently used settings. While, swiping down on any screen opens up the new “Notification Center” which brings you all the latest updates – including text messages, missed calls, social networking updates and more.
Apple iRadio is arguably the flagship new feature of Apple’s new operating system. It’s a free streaming music service enabling users to listen to genre-orientated radio stations (over 800 are available at launch). The service is funded by ads, which can be removed by subscribing to the service, which costs $24.99 a year in the US - no details on UK pricing yet.
Downloading iOS 7 on September 18th is likely to prove difficult with Apple’s servers expected to struggle to cope with demand. We recommend users wait a couple of hours before trying to install the update – hard we know, but at least it should then be stress-free.
By Simon Thomas on 11th September, 2013