iOS 7 Upgrade — I like it!

So, being the geek that I am, I couldn’t wait to upgrade my iPhone and iPad with the latest operating system iOS 7.   I have an iPhone 4S and the 3rd generation iPad.  The upgrade went fine on both devices, though it look a long time to download the iPad software update (I suspect the server was getting slammed).  One warning however: If you are connected to your work emails, VPNs or other apps, be sure that they are supported before upgrading as you can not go back.


source: David Pogue, New York Times

Regarding the upgrade, just be patient and be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Update all your apps via the App Store on the device
  2. Update iTunes
  3. Backup your device either on iCloud or iTunes (I prefer iTunes personally)
  4. Start the update via iCloud or iTunes (again, I prefer iTunes).  It will automatically perform the following steps:
    1. Download the installation package (again this could take a few minutes up to a couple hours depending on how busy the Apple servers are)
    2. It will prepare the installation
    3. It will start the firmware update, which has several steps
    4. It will restart the phone with the new firmware.  On the phone, answer the questions
  5. When done, I’d recommend another backup

A few quick impressions:

  • It’s interesting with graphics how what was fresh suddenly looks stale once an upgrade happens.  The graphics are very simple and clean.  Very Windows 8 like (I know, heresy :)).  I got used to the look quickly and now see the “old” graphics as old-fashion.  Go figure …
  • The device isn’t sluggish at all.  In fact, it might be running better (time will tell on this).  Also, battery life seems OK, though again time will tell.
  • The Control Center is terrific.  I now can perform several functions without unlocking the phone, like managing the wireless capability (WIFI on/off, Airplane mode, Bluetooth on/off), as well as getting quick access to the timer, a calculator and of course the camera.   There is a flashlight feature that uses the flash as a flashlight.
  • They’ve improved the Notification Center, which is also available on the lock screen.  BTW: All the lock screen functions can be disabled in settings if you’d like.
  • Siri has been significantly enhanced.   You can open apps and control some of them with Siri
  • From a security point of view, the change to “Find my phone” is probably the most important.  If enabled and the phone is stolen or missing, attempts to use it  or reinstall it will require your iTunes password.   A quick clarification:  You can access the phone with your password or pin assuming it’s set (If not, then obviously your phone is not secure).   Be sure to set the Erase Data setting so that the phone will be erased after 10 attempts to log in (see Settings->General->.Passcode Lock).  If the user can’t figure out the password, then the phone will be unusable without entering your iTunes credentials.  If the phone’s been erased, it can be recovered via the iCloud or iTunes again with your iTunes credentials.  Basically, a stolen iPhone becomes a brick (which is a highly technical term that means its only use might be as a door stop).
  • iTunes Radio — I’m listening to it right now.  It reminds me a lot of Pandora, but is easier to work.   If you like what you hear, you can purchase it via iTunes.  I’ll probably give up my premium subscription to Pandora between this and SiriusXM online.
  • Double-clicking the Home button will bring up the running apps.  It now shows thumbnail of what’s currently on them, which you can scroll through.  It’s really useful (and again, very Win8 like).  BTW, to kill an app, swipe it up and it will be stopped.
  • To search the phone, they’ve removed the left-most home screen that used to allow search.  Now on any of the home screens, swipe down on the right or left edge to access search.

For an excellent article on the changes with iOS 7, see David Pogue’s blog on the New York Times website.  He goes into much more detail on the upgrade.


  1. Cathy Steinhardt

    The App Store on my iPad is acting a bit odd.

    I updated all apps then did the update to iOS7.

    After the updates I was prompted that 5 more apps needed updating which I did.

    Those same 5 apps keep sitting in the app update function. In the previous version they would clear and the message “all apps are up to date” appeared.

    Next to theses updated apps the word ‘open’ generally appears. Sometimes it says ‘update’. When I click on ‘update’ the word ‘install’ appears. When I click on ‘install’ it opens the app. This is not working as well as it should.

    Closing and re opening the App Store does not always jar the system so I went to force App Store closed. This is also different from the previous version.

    To force an app to close you double click the on screen button twice (same as before). Instead of everything flashing and then clicking the red x, you now swipe the app to the top of your screen and watch it disappear. Then click the screen button and relaunch the app.

    FYI – not an Apple issue, but Words with Friends no longer rotates to landscape mode. I emailed the issue to the vendor and hope they will fix it.

    I will let you know if I find anything else.

    Sent from my iPad


    • Thanks for your comments. I think both issues you raise, the apps not clearing in update and the rotation issue are artifacts of the new interface, which is to say that they are working as designed.

      Regarding rotation, in the new design, there is a button in the new Control Center that controls rotation. From the home page, swipe up and you’ll see the button on the upper right. That “fixed” it for me (I was very frustrated when I couldn’t get it to work).

      Regarding app update, with the redesign, there is the option to have apps update in the background as they become available. With that, they’ve modified the behavior of the App Store update to keep the updated apps showing in date order (most recent updates on top), so that you can now see what’s been updated while you were sleeping. Now, regarding your comment about showing “update” but actually opening the app, that could be a bug, or it could be a timing issue where the app was updated, then there is another update ready. I’m allowing mine to update automatically and I’m not seeing the behavior (yet).

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