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Client Alert #27: iOS 7
Client Alert #27 Big Changes Coming to Your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad: iOS 7

Please read this entire alert!

Earlier this year, Apple previewed the next version of the operating system which runs the iPhone and iPad: iOS 7. Last Tuesday, Tim Cook announced that iOS 7 will be available for free download on September 18 (Wednesday).
 
This is very exciting news for this much anticipated upgrade to the iOS. If you've seen some of the information on Apple's web site (http://www.apple.com/ios/), you know that this is the most radical overhaul of the iPhone/iPad operating system since the first iPhone in 2005.
 
We at Call Andy! have been testing and becoming familiar with iOS 7 using the prerelease developer's version. Overall, we're very impressed with the changes. The interface is beautiful and the changes are almost universally positive. But it is a radical change, one that not everyone will be immediately comfortable with.
 
It's also important to remember that iOS 7 isn't compatible with all of Apple's devices. Even those devices that do support iOS 7 won't necessarily support all the new features. Here is a list of the devices that are iOS 7 compatible:

iPhones
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4S - but does not support:
  •     Filters in Camera app
  •     AirDrop
  • iPhone 4 - but does not support
  •     All items from iPhone 4S list, plus
  •     Panoramic photos
  •     Siri
iPads
  • Fourth-Generation iPad
  • Third-Generation iPad - but does not support
  •     Filters in Camera app
  •     Panoramic photos
  •     AirDrop
  • iPad 2 - but does not support
  •     All items from 3rd Gen. iPad list, plus
  •     Filters in Photos app
  •     Square photos and videos
  •     Siri
iPad mini
iPod touch
5th generation iPod touch

Any iPhone, iPod, or iPad that's missing from this list can't use iOS 7. 

Our advice to you is:
 
WAIT:
There's no real rush to get iOS 7. It's always a good idea to hold off on upgrading to the initial release of a major new piece of software like this. Let others (and there will be millions of others) find out if there are any flaws or hiccups which you should be aware of.

DECIDE:
You may discover that iOS 7 isn't for you at this moment. And that's OK (for now). iOS 6 will still continue to function just as reliably as it always has. If you have an older device, you may not be able to run iOS 7, or you won't get all the of the newest features. It is important to note, however, that developers will be focusing their attention on iOS 7, and eventually, many apps won't run as reliably (or at all) on iOS 6.

BACKUP:
Before you do anything, be sure you have a complete backup of your iPhone or iPad. This should be accomplished by connecting your device to your Mac and backing up within iTunes. If you don't know how to do this, please call us.

As always, please contact your Call Andy! engineer before making any major change such as this one. We can certainly answer all your questions, and if necessary, help you to successfully make the move to this new iPhone experience.
 
As always, thank you for your continued reliance on us as your Mac IT resource.


Andy, Rob and Max
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