iOS 7 is finally here, available as a free update to owners of iOS devices.
The next generation of Apple’s mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, iOS 7 represents a complete re-imagination of the OS.
Aside from Apple’s new iPhone 5S and 5C, iOS 7 is compatible with the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4, the iPad (fourth- and third-generation), the iPad 2, the iPad mini and the fifth-generation iPod touch. To update to iOS 7, visit Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device. You should see a notification that iOS 7 is available for download.
Redesigned form the ground up, iOS 7 sports a brand-new look, bright colors and a number of new features that make it stand out against previous versions. New features include Control Center, which lets users access your phone’s settings by swiping up from the bottom of the screen; AirDrop, a quick way to send content to iOS users nearby; and smarter multitasking.
If you plan on updating your device today, keep in mind Apple’s servers are going to be working overtime, likely translating into longer-than-normal wait and download times. You can start downloading the update by going to the Settings menu on your phone and then selecting “General” followed by “Software Update.”
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