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No Going Back

September 17, 2013 - Dave Hecei
ios7 iphonesToday we have iOS 6. Tomorrow we will have iOS 7, Apple’s all-new mobile operating system. This new OS is for newer iPhones, iPod Touch, and iPads. Those who have devices that will work with iOS 7 are sure to anxious for the next best thing. I’m here to warn you that when you update to iOS 7, there’s no going back.

Once you’ve hooked your iDevice up to your Mac (or you decide to do it wirelessly) and start the process, your iDevice is now set to iOS 7. There are some techies out there that might tell you that you might be able to reverse the process, but you might win the Powerball this weekend too.

I’m not telling you to not upgrade. I’m not telling you that iOS 7 sucks. I am here only to warn you that if you do decide to upgrade to iOS 7 you are going to have to live with it. The next-gen OS from Apple is different – very different. It’s not so different that it is going to be like going from OS 9 to OS X, but almost. I think it is likely to be the best OS Apple has ever released. I want people to know that if they don’t like iOS 7, you’re not going to be able to switch back to iOS 5 or iOS 6.

Okay, I got that out of my system. Now on to what you will find in iOS 7. The first thing that everyone will see is a whole new design. The look and feel has been ‘modernized’. While the current iOS is not what I would call old, but it hasn’t changed much since the iPhone was originally released in 2007. Seven years is quite a while in OS years.

While the OS itself has been rebuilt, the Apps that come on these devices have also been updated. Calendar, Mail, Maps, Weather, and others have been updated. It will be interesting to see about other Apps both from Apple and third party developers. I’m talking about Apps like Evernote, Skype, Netflix, Pandora, and others. Plus the stuff that Apple writes like Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and others.

For anyone with the latest, or last years iDevices, should upgrade. For those with oldest models that are compatible might want to wait for the screams of horror or praise for iOS 7. Either way, I don’t really recommend updating the day it becomes available. This is a free upgrade so you don’t have to wait in line. They won’t run out of iOS 7 upgrades. I’ll be doing my upgrade in another week or two. I’m in no hurry, but I will say that I am anxious to try it out soon.


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