iOS 7 Now Available and it’s a Big One

ios 7

For those who have been refreshing their iPad’s software updates every few minutes for the past few hours, Apple has officially launched iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update is compatible with the iPhone 4 and newer, the fourth-generation iPod touch and newer, the iPad 2 and newer, and the iPad mini.

This update will require 3.1GB of free space on your device. Check out our tutorial on how to download iOS 7 here. We’ve even got a few suggestions for what to do if the download is too big.

iOS 7 includes the following new features:

  • New design
  • Redesigned interface updates the entire system and every built-in app
  • Subtle motion and animation; layers and translucency provide depth
  • Elegant new color palette and refined typography
  • Updated system sounds and ringtones
  • Control Center
  • Quick access to commonly used controls and apps with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen
  • Turn on & off Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb; adjust screen brightness; access media controls; turn on AirPlay and AirDrop
  • Quickly access flashlight, timer, calculator, camera and music controls
  • Notification Center improvements
  • New Today view gives you an overview of your day, including weather, calendar, and stocks
  • Notifications dismissed on one device dismisses across all your devices
  • Multitasking improvements
  • Preview screens of open apps when you switch between them
  • Permits any app to keep content up to date in the background
  • Camera improvements
  • Swipe through different camera modes – video, still photo, square aspect, and panorama
  • Real-time photo filters with iPhone 4S or later, and iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Photos improvements
  • Automatically organizes your photos and videos based on time and location into Moments
  • iCloud Photo Sharing supports multiple contributors and videos, plus a new Activity view
  • Add photo filter effects
  • Flickr and Vimeo support
  • AirDrop
  • Quickly and easily share content with people nearby
  • Securely encrypted transfers with no network or setup required
  • Supported on iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account
  • Safari improvements
  • New iPhone tab view that lets you easily switch between open web pages
  • Unified smart search field for both search terms and web addresses
  • Shared Links shows web pages shared by people you follow on Twitter
  • iTunes Radio
  • Streaming radio service
  • Pick from over 250 featured and genre-focused stations
  • Start your own station from your favorite artist or song
  • Siri improvements
  • New, more natural sounding male and female voices for US English, French and German
  • Integrated Wikipedia, Twitter search, and Bing web search results
  • Change settings including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and brightness
  • Supported on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)
  • App Store improvements
  • See apps relevant to your current location with Popular Near Me
  • Discover age-appropriate apps in the Kids category
  • Keep your apps up to date automatically
  • Find My iPhone Activation Lock
  • Turning off Find My iPhone, erasing your device, reactivation, and signing out of iCloud requires your Apple ID password
  • A custom message can be displayed on your device even after a remote erase
  • iTunes Store improvements
  • Preview and buy songs you’ve heard on iTunes Radio while inside the iTunes Store
  • Add to, and shop from, your iTunes Wish List
  • Scan code with camera to redeem iTunes Gift Cards
  • Music improvements
  • Play music purchases from iCloud
  • Rotate your iPhone or iPod touch to browse your music with the Album Wall
  • Videos improvements
  • Play movie and TV show purchases from iCloud
  • View similar movies and TV shows from Related
  • Maps improvements
  • Turn-by-turn walking directions
  • Automatic night mode
  • Bookmarks shared across devices via iCloud
  • Mail improvements
  • New Smart Mailboxes, including Unread, Attachments, All Drafts and To or CC
  • Improved search
  • View PDF annotations
  • FaceTime audio calling
  • Block unwanted Phone, Messages and FaceTime callers
  • Support for sending long MMS messages
  • Pull down on any Home Screen to reveal Spotlight search
  • Scan to acquire Passbook passes
  • New ringtones, alarms, alerts and system sounds
  • Definitions of a selected word for additional languages: Italian, Korean, and Dutch
  • Inclinometer in the Compass app
  • Wi-Fi HotSpot 2.0 support
  • Accessibility features
  • Individuals with limited physical motor skills can now control their device using Switch Control
  • Customize closed caption style
  • Handwriting input support in VoiceOver
  • Math input support using Nemeth Braille in VoiceOver
  • Select from multiple premium voices for speak selection and VoiceOver
  • Support for Made for iPhone Hearing Aids and stereo audio for iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation)
  • Enterprise features
  • Manage which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments
  • Per App VPN
  • App Store license management
  • Enterprise single sign-on
  • Remote configuration of managed apps
  • Automatic data protection for third-party apps
  • Exchange Notes syncing
  • Install custom fonts
  • New management queries and restrictions
  • Education features
  • Mobile device management for Apple TV
  • Request AirPlay Mirroring from a student device to Apple TV
  • Pre-configure AirPlay destinations and AirPrint printers
  • Streamlined MDM enrollment
  • Ability to restrict changes to accounts
  • Web content filtering
  • Authorized apps can initiate single app mode
  • Configure accessibility settings for single app mode
  • Features for China
  • Tencent Weibo integration
  • Chinese-English bilingual dictionary
  • Improved handwriting input with improved accuracy, stroke order independence and support for simultaneous multiple character input
  • Bug fixes

If you are receiving the following error message when attempting to download and install iOS 7, “Software Update Failed: An Error occurred downloading iOS 7.0,” don’t worry. You are not alone. I am having the same experience right now. I also received the message, “Unable to Check for Updates: An error occurred while checking for a software update,” on my iPad when attempting to download iOS 7.

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