Have you updated you iPad to iOS 7 yet? If so, congratulations! Since the update was released last Wednesday, it is estimated that already 1/4 of the eligible 450 million mobile devices have been updated.
If you have an iPad 2 or later, you can update it for free, right from you iPad (assuming you are currently using iOS5 or iOS 6). In a nutshell, backup your iPad, then take the update found in the Settings app!
The first question is: Should you update? In most cases, the answer is definitely “Yes!” However, if you are happy with your iPad the way it is, or if you are not comfortable with doing an update, your iPad will continue to work as is, just fine. But as time passes, you may not be able to run some of the newer apps.
This article will cover how to do the update. Later articles will cover some of the highlights of the new iOS 7. If you can’t wait, this article will get you started learning about iOS 7.
Step 1: Backup your iPad
The first step is to do a backup! Nothing should go wrong during the update, and you won’t need to use this backup, but it’s always best to play it safe. (At least, this is true for me — I’ve had an unexpected power failure during a repartitioning of a disk drive, and lost everything on my computer!)
By now, most of you are probably doing an automatic backup to the cloud each night when you plug in your iPad to recharge. (If not, consider setting it up now!) You can do a backup now by going to the Settings app, selecting iCloud on the left, then Storage and Backup on the right. Tap on “Back Up Now” on the page that pops up. Wait for it to finish.
If instead you are backing up your iPad to your computer, plug your iPad into your computer, go to iTunes, and do a backup. This article from Apple will give you the official details on both types of backup.
Step 2: Update to iOS 7
Once you have done a backup, you can start the update. First, you should plug into power, and be sure you have a strong, fast Wi-Fi connection: the update is a large one! Then, in the Settings app, under General on the left, go to Software Update on the right. Alternatively, particularly if you have a slow Wi-Fi connection, you can update using iTunes on your computer.
During the update procedure, you will need to agree to the new terms and conditions, and answer a few questions. My sister’s iPad updated in 30 minutes, but mine took an hour and a half. Be patient.
If you’d like some more details about the update, including screen shots, read this article.
Step 3: Enjoy!
I’ll be writing more about the specific features of iOS 7 soon. Meanwhile, although many things are the same in iOS 7, read this article for 10 tips on using the new iOS 7. My favorite new feature is the automatic organization of photos.