Apple Releases iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Fire up your downloads because iOS 7 is available. As promised, Apple released iOS 7 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Wednesday ahead of the end of the week launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

iOS 7 is making its way to an iPhone or iPad near youiOS 7 is making its way to an iPhone or iPad near you

iOS 7 includes a redesigned interface that's far less skeuomorphic compared to iOS 6, a redesigned Camera app, single swipe access to searches and common system controls, improved multitasking, AirDrop file sharing support, iTunes Radio support, and more. iOS 7 requires an iPad 2 or newer, an iPhone 4 or newer, or the fifth generation iPod touch.

To download iOS 7 first be sure you have a good backup of your iOS device in case something should go wrong. TMO's John Martellaro did a great job of explaining just how to make sure all of your apps, files, and settings are properly backed up and safely stored should you need to roll back to iOS 6.

Once your iOS device is backed up, you can install iOS 7 by Tapping Settings > General > Software Update. If you prefer to download and install updates through iTunes, do this:

  • Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer and then select the device in the iTunes Library list.
  • Next, click the Summary tab.
  • Click Check for Update.

Once iTunes sees the update it'll handle the download and update process for you.