iOS 7 Is Now Available To Download

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The wait is finally over. iOS 7 is now available to download, three months after it got its first unveiling at WWDC. You can download and install it either via iTunes on your Mac and PC, or by using the over-the-air Software Update feature baked into iOS 6.

iOS 7 introduces a brand new user interface with redesigned icons and apps, plus lots of awesome new features like Control Center, iTunes Radio, AirDrop, and a much-improved Camera app. You’ll also find smaller but just as nifty features like parallax wallpapers, the ability to add more than 100 apps to a folder, and Notification Center improvements.

iOS 7 is super simple to install — just plug your iOS device into iTunes and click the update button, or use the Software Update feature on your device itself. Be sure to back up your device first, though; there’s always a small possibility something could go wrong and that you’ll have to restore, so you’ll want to ensure all of your data is safe, just in case.

iOS 7 supports the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5; the second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad; the iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. It also supports the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, of course, but they’re not out until Friday.

If you’re not sure whether you’re ready for iOS 7 yet, be sure to check out our review roundup, which feature snippets from the biggest and best iOS 7 reviews so far. You’ll also find Cult of Mac’s own review going out in stages today, so be sure to look out for that.

If you’re a jailbreaker and you want to maintain the ability to jailbreak, then it goes without saying that you should steer clear of the iOS 7 update for the time being. The new software hasn’t yet been jailbroken, and it’s likely to be some time before a jailbreak is available.

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  • rubiconreader

    The server must be getting slammed because I keep getting an error message.

  • Adrayven

    The server must be getting slammed because I keep getting an error message.

    Same

  • vishal87_rao

    Error

  • welladriansays

    went from 6 minutes to repeated “an error occurred”message. itunes store tells me i have the current version – 6..1.4 – itunes store has been throwing out IOS7 app updates all morning too

  • Rjp9200

    Went fine on 2 iPads, iPhone 4S and 5. I’m in MS and using 60 megabit Internet Any idea on when the new Apple TV update will be made available?

  • RobStaback

    I downloaded it without a problem. I’m in California.

  • keithox

    i5, i4 & iPad 2 all download errors from the devices. iTunes does not even pick the update up :-) The joys. Here in South Africa.

  • Rjp9200

    iCloud Control Panel for Windows has been updated, too.

  • keithox

    Can’t even run the updates OSx wants now either. Surely the iTunes and OSx updates should have come out yesterday because Apple knew they would be overloaded????

  • yourgeekneeds

    Is the Apple TV version out yet?

  • chris

    Got the notification at 10:59, just finished installing on my ipad. phone is still chugging away, but yah … definitely a noticeable bandwidth issue from the first half of DLing the upgrade to the last half.

    and “verifying update.” oh sweet joy!

  • oldwren

    It’s not showing up as an OTA update for me… I’m running the latest beta (not the GM).

  • oldwren

    It’s not showing up as an OTA update for me… I’m running the latest beta (not the GM).

  • baritenor82

    Persistent errors on iPhone OTA.
    iPad won’t even get through checking for the update OTA.
    iTunes says both devices have current software (6.1.4 and 6.1.3 respectively).
    Keeping fingers crossed!

  • iOSBlogs

    The Apple Servers are getting too much of load with iOS 7 downloads, so you might get slow speed and error!

    Here are mirror download links: http://www.is.gd/ios7final

  • tide9

    Apple’s plan for rolling out IOS is extremely deficient in its planning and execution. Apple deserves any criticism it receives over this failure.

  • PhatMatt3000

    Help please! I’ve been hooked up with a developer account through a friend, but I’ve never been able to access any of the beta versions of iOS 7. I used a non-developer download to install beta 5 (worked for another friend, worked for me) but have been unable to receive updates for iOS 7 GM or the public release (no problems on friend’s end). Any tips?

  • NateBevilacqua

    got iOS7 loaded onto my phone, when i got to set it up… i get to the activation point… then it says “it may take a few minutes to activate your iPhone” so it spins for a little then i get the COULD NOT ACTIVATE YOUR PHONE … is anyone else getting this?

  • jshphoto

    Got it 12:01 Central time on my phone but waited til 2:45 on my iPad. It has downloaded but the update will not verify. They must be slammed. WHY DID I WAIT SO LOOOOOOONNNNNGGG. NOOOOO

  • pwx_kevin

    Haven’t been able to download the updates for my iPads. Just getting my iPhone updated was like pulling teeth…out of a live alligator. Friggin ridiculous, jeez!

  • Dreezy

    Was able to start downloading at noon, and it’s now 3:25pm and I’ve got nothing but failing downloads OTA. Had a steady download for an hour and a half only to see it fail. Have seen it fail about 7 times now and Twitter is filled with people saying the same thing. As of now, it shows 43 minutes remaining, but it always seems to fail around now. We’ll see how this goes, fingers crossed!

  • MeganBlok

    My boyfriend has the same issue. Went to install ios 7 through iTunes and an error occurred which made him restore his phone. Then to set it up. He started but then once he got to the activate area it said it could not reach the activation server. Called apple and their activation servers are down. The lady said to try again in an hour but could not give me an estimate of when the servers would be back up.

  • Stuka_UK

    No update available for me yet (I’m in the UK).

  • Storkdoc62

    It installed on my phone at 12:15 central time. No problems. But now it wont sync to itunes because I hate itunes 11……might just have to back up to the cloud now adays

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