If you’ve got an iOS device, you’re probably thinking about upgrading to iOS 7, which is available now.
Sadly however, if you own an older device (iPhone 3G, 3GS for example), you may not be able to upgrade. More on which devices are upgradeable here.
Assuming you can upgrade, do you want to?
Definitely NOT if you have mission-critical applications which you rely on every day. If you’ve got business apps, or medical or legal apps on which you depend, make sure that they will run on iOS 7. Visit the developer’s website, or contact the developer to make sure.
Over the past week, iOS 7 versions of apps have poured out. You’re probably sick of updating your apps. :-)
Goodies you get if you upgrade
I’ve upgraded to the latest iOS because I’m curious – I want to see what’s new. Most of the features in iOS7 seemed to come under the heading of “pleasant, but so what?” for me.
Here’s what I didn’t expect. Speed. Although I’ve only been tinkering with iOS 7 for a little while, apps are notably faster, which is wonderful. So if you like a speedy device, upgrade – you’ll be pleased.
Apple’s iOS security features in iOS 7 are welcome too, especially the Activation Lock, which makes it harder for anyone who finds your device, or steals it, to get any value out of it. With any luck, thieves will decide that stealing devices isn’t worth the effort.
Wilson Rothman has an excellent article on Activation Lock:
Now, Activation Lock really ties your device to your iCloud account, in a way that will make it very hard for bad guys to prep it for resale.
So now when you turn on your device, you need to unlock it.
The upgrade experience: smooth except for an annoying error message
The upgrade on both my devices proceeded smoothly; I had to download and install a new version of iTunes first.
Then, before iOS 7 would download for either of my devices, I received this error message: “You do not have permission to access the requested resource”.
I checked Google for more information, but couldn’t find anything. Not surprising, since iOS 7 is only just available.
The first thing to do when something won’t work is always to shut everything down and reboot. Thankfully, this happens rarely in OS X. (Thank you, Apple.)
So I rebooted, and the upgrade for my phone went smoothly.
That done, I tried to upgrade my iPad and received the same error message: “You do not have permission to access the requested resource”.
Grinding my teeth just slightly, I rebooted.
And all was well… iOS 7 installed without a hitch.
If you get the error message, you may find a way of installing without rebooting, but try it if nothing else works.
Not sure whether it’s worth upgrading? Here’s Apple on what’s new in iOS 7.
I’ll be exploring iOS 7 over the next few days so I’ll have more to say about using iOS 7 for business. Enjoy the new iOS. :-)