iOS 7 Upgrade Goodies, and Beware of Error Message When Upgrading

iOS 7 looks different, and it's faster
iOS 7 looks different, and it’s faster

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. :-)

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Working With Your iPad: iOS File Management That Just Works — Yippee!

Files app - iPad

If you’re a consultant, or other small business person who owns an iPad, you use it for work. You collect your files for meetings into apps like Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote etc and you’re good to go.

However, this presents challenges. You never know quite which files you’ll need, and inevitably, you end up with files you can’t open, or files you know are somewhere on your iOS device, so you hunt for them. While all this is happening, you lose the thread of conversations. If you’re giving a presentation, your audience becomes distracted.

Enter Files App, the file management app which should have been part of iOS from the beginning.

Files App looks like iPages. You can see the app’s minimalist design in the above image.

It’s easy to get files into Files App, just press the Plus button, and choose Mac or PC. Files App opens in your default Web browser. Drag your files in, and they’re loaded onto your device immediately.

Files App supports MS Office files

Like it or not, you can’t get away from MS Office files in business. That’s just the way it is. Everyone exchanges Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Viewing them on an iOS device tends to be frustrating.

Those days of teeth-grinding pain have gone, with Files App.

In Files App, your MS Office files look just as you’d expect them to look. You don’t need to do anything special to view them. Drag the files into the app in your Web browser, they’ll appear on your device, and you can view them.

Here’s an MS Word document I loaded into Files App, and opened.

MS Word document

Files App supports popular file formats, including ZIP archives.

From the Files App page on iTunes:

What you get with Files App:

● Read PDF and Office files.
● Lightning fast viewer for Photos & Videos.
● Listen to Music, complete with playlists, shuffle, artwork and Airplay.
● Drag & drop files from your Mac or PC right into Files App using your default web browser.
● Get files from Dropbox, Google Drive or Box.
● From AVI to ZIP: Support for many popular file formats.
● Organize your files using simple touch gestures.

Collect files into folders

Preparing for meetings just got easier. Drag your files into Files App in your Web browser, then collect them into a folder on Files App. No more searching in meetings — all your files are right where you need them.

Files App’s tagline is: “All your files. One simple app.”

Well said.

If you’re quick, you get this app at the intro price, which is 99 cents. Could be the best 99 cents you spend this year.