It's iOS 7 fever all through the interwebs. We've had our time with it already and it's different; we like it. But the switch is not going to be all smooth and fun for all.
I am assuming that a large majority will switch to iOS 7. After all, the compatibility ranges from iPhone 4, 4S to 5, 5s and 5c and the iPads 3 and 4 and Mini so we're talking about a large user base.
If you're one of them, you might want to read this before jumping ship to iOS 7.
Here's what we look at:
- Device Compatibility and Beyond
- Battery Consumption
- App Compatibility
- Backup Your Data to iTunes. And iCloud.
- Getting Used to New Gestures & Interface
Device Compatibility and Beyond. One of the first things you should be worried about is device compatibility. Apple has handed out the device compatibility for iOS 7 already so here's the list for reference:
iOS 7-compatible devices:
- iPhones: 5s, 5c, 5, 4S and 4.
- iPod Touch: 5th gen.
- iPad: 2, 3rd gen, 4th gen
- iPad Mini.
Any device prior to this won't be able to install iOS 7. Sure, there will be workarounds but do know that the workarounds will have their own quirky behavior.
Battery. With every iOS update, we face this serious onslaught. Yes, battery will appear to degrade faster. Part of that is because initially, you're exploring a lot of stuff on the new iOS. That's going to eat the battery. Another part is inherent in every iOS 7 update. The battery's capacity remains same but the firmware does more things.
I accept that Apple can't be absolved of all sins when an iOS upgrade – like the iOS 7 – begins to kill your battery faster. But it makes sense to think about the inherent problems of the features too.
A few of the things that you can do to lessen the impact of the new iOS on the battery is:
- Keep the brightness low
- Turn off the Wifi or Cellular networks when not in use
- Quit apps running in the background regularly
- Check out our post on battery-saving tips for the iPhone. This one too
App Compatibility. This is the most important part. If the app that you use regularly is not updated to be compatible with iOS 7, you're going to have to wait before upgrading to iOS 7. Sounds pretty obvious but users do jump ship and then get pissed off when an app stops working correctly.
Most popular apps are ported already or fast. Some indie apps that you might be using might take time to become iOS 7-compatible. Make sure you read the spec. It's easy once you find out what apps you use the most frequently.
Backing Up your Data. At the very least, this is what you should backup:
- Photos and videos
- Documents across all apps
Thankfully, one iTunes backup is quite sufficient. Although it's too early to say anything, I am guessing that you'll be able to revert back to iOS 6.x just in case something doesn't work well on iOS 7. In that case, you should have a backup to restore to.
Also, a backup lets you transfer data to your iPhone back again (after the upgrade). You can and must do an iTunes backup so you have a file with all the data. (comes in handy when the iPhone isn't able to backup bu you still want that data). However, as an extra measure, backup on iCloud too.
Getting Used to Gestures & the New Interface. iOS 7, unlike iOS 6, is a huge step forward. It's a completely re-written interface and firmware. So it takes time getting used to the new interface. Some of the conspicuous things would be the Control Center, the Spotlight which is missing by default etc.
The web will begin to be inundated with iOS 7 how tos like these so you can pick any of them to learn faster.