iOS 7 is out, get downloading

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Like clockwork, Apple has just released the long anticipated iOS 7 software update. Packed with innovative new features and rocking the controversial Jony Ive-approved user interface overhaul, the seventh iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system for iOS devices is now available to owners of the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and fifth-generation iPod touch.

Building on its predecessor, iOS 7 comes packed with new features such as Control Center, AirDrop wireless file sharing, Vimeo and Flickr integration, ad-supported iTunes Radio, FaceTime audio calls and more. It also improves upon the existing feature set with such stuff as enhanced alerts, the improved Notification Center, smoother multitasking, improvements to Siri, Safari, Photos and many other stock apps…

It appears to be the same build as the iOS 7 Gold Master, so there’s no need to restore if you already have GM.

To apply an over-the-air update, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

We now have direct download links for iOS 7, which can be found on the iDB Download page.

If you’re jailbroken, you’ll want to steer away from this update until there’s some solid information on the state of the iOS 7 jailbreak.

Those eager to install iOS 7 on their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices should read Cody’s article on the necessary preparations. Also a must: definitely consult our detailed guide to installing iOS 7 and check out Sebastien’s comprehensive list of all new iOS 7 features.

You will also need the newly updated iTunes 11.1 that supports iOS 7 installations and is required for syncing with iOS 7 devices.

Last but not least, Apple has released the official iPod touch and iPad User Guide for iOS 7.

Do share your iOS 7 update experience with fellow readers down in the comments.