How to get ready for tomorrow’s iOS 7 release

By , Sep 17, 2013

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Last week, Apple announced that it would be releasing the latest version of its mobile operating system on Wednesday, September 18th. That’s tomorrow. And honestly, we couldn’t be more excited.

This will be the largest update to the platform since it was first introduced in 2007, bringing about an all-new design and several new features like Control Center, AirDrop sharing and iTunes Radio.

Of course, Apple has been seeding betas of iOS 7 to developers since June, but this is the first time it will be open to the public. So we thought we’d put this list together of things to help you get ready…

As usual, our first responsibility is to warn you that iOS 7 has not been successfully jailbroken yet. The evad3rs are working on it, but there’s no ETA. If you update, you will not be able to jailbreak.

It’s also worth noting here that we have seen some signs of an impending iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 jailbreak being released to the public. So even if you’re not currently jailbroken, it may be worth it to wait.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s some useful tips for those that plan on updating:

  • Save your SHSH blobs – if you’ve ever jailbroken your device, or plan on doing so in the future, save your SHSH blobs. It just takes a couple of seconds, and it’s your only hope of ever being able to downgrade, should that ever become an option in the future.
  • Check device compatibility - while iOS 7 will be available for a number of devices, not all of them will support all of its new features. AirDrop, for example, is only supported by the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5. Click here for the complete list of device compatibility.
  • Back up your devices - it’s always a good idea to backup your devices before updating to a new firmware. Sometimes, though it’s not common, updates can error out while installing, thus wiping out all of your data. You can backup your device either by syncing it with iTunes, or through the iCloud menu. And if you need help, we have several tutorials on how to do this.
  • Download the latest version of iTunes - right now, iTunes 11.0.5 is the latest version of the software, but we expect to see iTunes 11.1 land tomorrow. Either way, you’ll want to make sure you have the most recent version available so that you’ll have all the latest features and bug fixes.
  • How to download iOS 7 – if Apple follows previous patterns, and we have no reason to believe that it won’t, iOS 7 will be available to users via both an over-the-air update and a full download through iTunes. If you’re unsure about which to go with, tune into iDB tomorrow for more information.

It’s also worth noting that not all apps have been updated to be compatible with the new firmware yet. So if you have an app, or apps, that you use everyday, it’s worth looking into them before you update.

We expect Apple to release iOS 7 sometime tomorrow morning. We’ll let you know as soon as it hits, and will be providing updates on new features and other commentary on the software throughout the day.

So, who’s planning on updating tomorrow?

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  • Matthew

    FYI Apple always releases at 10:00 PST..

  • sg

    im using iphone 5 cdma gsm with ios7 beta 6 without dev a/c so to update ios7 public do i need to restore my iphone?

  • ℤ̵̪͊α̵̢͆ḉ̴̢̒Ħ̸͕̒α̸̺̌ḉ̵̭̆к̶̫͠

    I estimate ios 7 will come out at 10:00 USA pacific time

  • bob

    my device is too old :( noo

    • omrishtam

      i have iphone 3gs :( ….for now :D

      • bob

        haha :)

      • bob

        well at least we have a jailbreak!

  • Garry Flame

    Is the update for iPad as well? Since I thought it was only released for iPhones and iPod touch at first, cause apple was behind for the iPad releases?

    • iThinkergoiMac

      I believe Apple said there will not be a different release date for iPad, so it should come at the same time.

  • Mark

    How do you clean install iOS7?

    • iThinkergoiMac

      Basically restore your device once iOS 7 is out, but set it up as a new device. From there you can copy any apps and whatnot that you want. This will, of course, reset any settings you may have and you’ll lose progress on any games you might use that don’t back up to iCloud or some other could storage solution.

  • seyss

    this will be the first time I won’t wait for a jailbreak before updating…..

    bye bye Grabby, SwipeSelection, AirblueSharing, KillBackbround, iFile, ProTube, Atom, and yeah, free IAP and paid apps :)

    • ConduciveMammal

      I miss SwipeShiftCaret more than anything else

      • seyss

        SwipeSelection does the same thing man

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    So no ota from gm to ios 7?

  • mrloko

    Can i update to ios 7 from ios 6.1.3 via OTA? I am not jailbroken!! Plz help

    • ConduciveMammal

      Only when it’s released to the public, then you should be able to. If you want the GM version today then you’ll need to manually restore to it through iTunes

  • ConduciveMammal

    So guys, how long do you reckon Apple’s servers will last until they crash under the weight of millions of downloads? Haha

  • JulianZHuang

    im on beta 6 of ios 7, do i need to downgrade back to 6 before taking the update?

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    So I’m stupid. I forgot you cant update via OTA if you have a jailbreak and I’m at work right now. My question is, I see an Evasi0n jailbreak Cydia package. Can I remove that to unjailbreak my device or will I have to wait until I get home to use Itunes?

  • James

    Already knew all of this, but thanks for the peace of mind. Didn’t want to accidentally forget anything.

  • Raza Chatha

    i have iphone 5 unlocked by gevey sim….. any idea how can i update and still keep the gevey unlock?

  • Raza Chatha

    what are the recommendations for the people having iphone 5 with gevey sim… and want to upgrade.

  • Nicholas

    How do I update from the Gm version to the official iOS 7 version????

    • James

      That’s what I’d like to know. Will it show up in the Software Update or in iTunes if our iOS version is already 7.0 from the GM?

      • Nicholas

        Exactly, I’m worrying about it….

      • James

        Well, I just performed a backup and then tried to restore my device to the public release of iOS 7, but an error occurred during the download process, so I wasn’t able to try it. I’ll probably just leave it alone for now since everyone is saying it’s the same.

  • natalie

    If my phone is jailbroken can I still get iOS 7?

    • AMB_07

      You will need to restore your phone to remove the jailbreak in order to be able to update to iOS7. Be sure to backup your data via itunes first!

      • natalie

        Just did that. Thanks!

  • Conor Domingo

    Would i be able to update to ios7 full version because i currently have ios7 beta 6 . Can i update via itunes or over the air?

  • Silviu-Alexandru Olariu

    If i have a gevey sim (gogua) instaled on my iphone 5, and i want to update from 6.1.4 to 7 it will work without the reconfiguration of it? Please let me know if anybody knows that thing.

    Can anyone help me with this?

    Many thanks in advance.

  • Andrew

    if I have a factory unlocked iphone, can I still upgrade to the iOS 7 and not lose the factory unlock, and still be able to use my phone?

  • RobHouston

    iPhone 4S with iOS 7 won’t sync with new iTunes 11.1. Get message to “Trust Computer” on iPhone. Tap Trust and it disconnects. Wah wah wah. :P

  • atique shaikh

    will i be able to downgrade back to ios6.1.3 using shsh blobs….. i installed the official ios 7 but want to downgrade back to ios 6.1.3

  • hijab asif

    I have been using a rogers iPhone 4s since last year and using a gavey sim in it cause i live in Pak. It was running perfectly, but since I’ve upgraded my iPhone to iOS 7 my gavey isn’t working. Can anyone tell me what to do? It asks for the sim unlock code but when i enter it my phone freezes and nothing happens. It’s bothering me a lot. Please reply if anyone knows the solution.