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.
Regarding the upgrade, just be patient and be sure to follow these steps:
- Update all your apps via the App Store on the device
- Update iTunes
- Backup your device either on iCloud or iTunes (I prefer iTunes personally)
- Start the update via iCloud or iTunes (again, I prefer iTunes). It will automatically perform the following steps:
- Download the installation package (again this could take a few minutes up to a couple hours depending on how busy the Apple servers are)
- It will prepare the installation
- It will start the firmware update, which has several steps
- It will restart the phone with the new firmware. On the phone, answer the questions
- 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.
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