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Updating to Apple iPhone iOS 7

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The newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7, is still a while from being officially released.  If you want to try it out before it’s available to the public at large, you’ll have to use the beta version of the software that is currently being evaluated by developers.

Before you decide that you just can’t wait for the official release, remember that beta software is still in the testing phase.  It typically has bugs that need to be worked out before it’s ready for full implementation, so don’t forget that you’ll likely suffer a few of these bugs when using the beta version.  Take the necessary precautions by backing up your phone before you install the iOS 7 Beta software.

It is also important to note that you’ll need to register your Unique Device Identifier (UDID) with Apple as a developer.  There is an annual cost of $99.00 associated with this registration.  If you know someone who is already a developer, you could also ask them to simply add your UDID to their developer account and thereby receive access to iOS 7 Beta.

Caution! AppleApproved does not assume responsibility for any problems which may occur during the installation of iOS 7 Beta.  We do not assume responsibility for any damages or faults which may be caused by the installation process outlined in this guide.  These instructions should result in an error free process if followed correctly; however, please be advised that you will be attempting this process at your own risk.

Important!  If you have not backed up your device, it is recommended that you do so before continuing with the following process.  Backing up your data is very easy with iCloud.  Just navigate to your device Settings, then to iCloud, then to Storage & Backup.  Make sure iCloud’s Backup option is switched on and then press Back Up Now.

Step-by-Step Installation of iOS 7 Beta

The first thing you’re going to need to do is download the appropriate iOS 7 Beta file for the device you want to update.  You’ll need to make sure that you’re getting the right software for your specific device.  If you’re going to be installing iOS 7 Beta on an iPhone 5, this is particularly important, as there are two separate versions of the software available for that device.  The difference comes down to where you’re located.  In Australia, you’ll need to get the software for the model number A1429 iPhone 5.  In the US and Canada, you’ll need the software designed for model number A1428.  This is because these countries sell discrete iPhone 5 models.

To ensure that you’ve located the right download for your needs, make sure it is a file that ends in .ipsw.  This proprietary Apple file type denotes that it is iPod Software or iPhone Software.  It is Apple’s traditional method of loading any iOS software on any iPhone, iPad or iPod device.

Once you have the right .ipsw file, open iTunes on your computer.  Using the USB cable, plug your device into the computer.  When these steps are complete, you’re ready to restore your device with iOS 7 Beta.

If you’re on a Mac, you’ll need to do this by holding down the alt/option key and then clicking on “Restore iPhone.”  This action will cause a pop-up box to open.  Find the .ipsw file you just downloaded and click on it to open it.  This will prompt another pop-up window telling you that iTunes is about to erase your iPhone and restore it with iOS 7.  It will also provide restore information and verification to Apple.

With the completion of these steps, iOS 7 will be installed on your device.  The process typically takes around 15 minutes, but may take as long as half an hour.  It’s important to be patient.  It’s also recommended that the device remain plugged into a power outlet when the restore is taking place.

You now have the latest version of Apple’s immensely popular mobile operating system.  Explore it and see what you find, but watch out for the bugs!




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Small Changes in iOS 7 Cause Big Smiles

The largest overhaul yet of the Apple mobile operating system will come with the new iOS 7.  The new system is already causing a divide in the Apple community.  There are the users who love their current iOS version and are reluctant to embrace any change, while other users are eagerly awaiting the new system and are excited to see the changes.

These relatively diminutive additions and tweaks have already captured the hearts of some users, even though they don’t deal with any of the large-scale changes that are typically touted on the commercials for the latest iPhone.  While there won’t likely be a smarter Siri or apps that update themselves, these changes will most likely be just as important in the final tally.


Folders Get an Update

When folders were first introduced on iOS, many users were ecstatic.  Gone were the pages upon pages of apps, but in their place, users soon realized they had pages upon pages of folders, instead.  This is due to the folders only holding a specific amount of apps.  In iOS 7, folders will be equipped with pages that can be flipped through, finally allowing all of your related apps to be in one folder.


Compare and Contrast

If you’ve ever had trouble reading your lock screen clock due to interference from a specific wallpaper, iOS 7 has fixed that for you.  The new version monitors the background brightness and automatically adjusts the color of the font.  Shading will be employed around text, enabling it to be more clearly defined in low contrast areas.  The font will also switch from black to white, depending on the background wallpaper that is selected.  This may be one of the most helpful (and most easily overlooked) new features.


Safari Gets a Touch-Up

There’s nothing really wrong with the way Safari handles multiple tabs, but it is a less aesthetically pleasing than it could be.  That problem is solved in iOS 7 with a wonderfully smooth tab switching upgrade that makes closing unwanted tabs easier and faster, while allowing you to snap to the tab you want with no fuss.  Its buttons also get a bit of a tweak; they’ve been redesigned to feature icons rather than the labels present in previous versions.


Lock Screen Improvements

The familiar “slide to unlock” feature gets a makeover.  The highlight color will now be presented as a shifting color and there’s a new arrow that makes the feature a bit easier to see.  The arrow located at the top of the screen for the Notification Center has been transformed into a rounded linear shape.


Control Center Gets Easier Access

It’s easier than ever to access Control Center in iOS 7.  Just make a quick swipe up from any page for immediate access to activate Airplane mode, switch wi-fi on and off or access any other Control Center option.  You can even do this from the lock page, making access to Control Center actions more convenient and less time consuming.


Notification Center Employs Swiping Accessibility

The major change for the Notification Center comes in the form of being able to swipe between notifications by when they were received.  This includes being able to switch between “today,” “all” and “missed.”  This option makes it easier to look over older notifications that may have been buried in the previous version, as well as allowing for greater organization.


Multitasking Taken to a Whole New Level

The way you multitask is about to change, too.  The new version of iOS will be able to learn about when you typically use your apps, automatically updating the content for those apps prior to the time when you usually launch them.  Pressing the home button twice allows you to see preview screens of any apps you have open.  Updates become less of a battery drain and more convenient with iOS 7.  The new iOS will schedule any updates at times when the iPhone is already on and connected to a wi-fi source, resulting in less downtime and better battery usage.


AirDrop Comes to iOS 7

AirDrop is available for the first time on an iOS platform.  You can share virtually any type of document without e-mail or text.  AirDrop allows sharing of documents between users via wi-fi and Bluetooth.  You won’t have to set anything up to start sharing and your files are encrypted for security.  You can choose to share your file with a single recipient or send it to an entire group.  You’re automatically visible, but you can become invisible to anyone or everyone with a quick visit to the Control Center.


Many Other Features Get an Upgrade in iOS 7

From mail to photos and far beyond, there are many tweaks to existing features that make them more accessible and user-friendly.  The phone buttons get a makeover and so does the camera.  Sharing gets easier via iCloud and you’ll also have access to an iCloud “key-chain,” an encrypted and very secure service that can remember your passwords for any site you visit.  There’s also an option for password generation, where Safari makes a hard-to-guess password and even remembers it for you.


Apple Fans Anticipate Roll-out

The new version of the popular Apple mobile operating service is eagerly awaited by scores of Apple fans.  New versions of old features are creating a lot of excitement with the select few who have the beta version and Apple’s new iOS 7 seems to be a slam-dunk before it even arrives.






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