iOS 7 is officially out, and there are three ways to get it:
1. Download it directly to your device. Connect to the internet via WiFi or a mobile data connection, fire up the Settings app, and then go to Software Update. You should then see a prompt to update your software to iOS 7.
This method may or may not work, depending on how hammered Apple’s servers are. In my case, I’ve been trying to check Software Update on both my iPhone and iPad for the last seven hours, and I haven’t even managed to get to the update screen. If you’re in the same boat, then it’s time to try method #2.
2. Download the update via iTunes. You’ll need the newest version of iTunes (11.1), available via the App Store (for Macs) or via direct download from Apple’s iTunes page (for both Mac and Windows computers). It’s a 225MB download, so it might take a while to get the whole package (30 minutes in my case, on a 2Mbps DSL line at home).
Once you’ve installed iTunes 11.1, connect your iPhone or iPad and you’ll be prompted to upgrade to iOS 7. Just click “Upgrade” and then wait. Be forewarned, though that it might take a while to complete the process. The download itself weighs in at around 1.2GB in size, and unless you’ve got a super speedy connection, it might take a couple of hours (nearly 3 hours on my home connection).
3. Download the entire iOS 7 IPSW file first, then install via iTunes later This is our preferred method, as you can just wait until the download is finished, however long it takes (you might have to keep resuming the download, though, as it seems that Apple’s servers are being hammered). Below are the direct links to the IPSW file for the devices that support iOS 7. Once you’ve downloaded the proper file for your device, fire up iTunes, connect your device, go to the Summary tab, then Option-click on “Restore” and you’ll be prompted to select the IPSW file to use for the restoration.
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