Should I upgrade to iOS 7?

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Right about now if you own an iOS device whether it is an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad you will have the option to upgrade to iOS 7 – the biggest upgrade to the Apple mobile operating system since the original iPhone.

Before you tap on the “Download and Install” button you should do a bit of housekeeping.

Firstly take the opportunity to free up some space by deleting Apps you no longer use. If you change your mind you can always retrieve them at a later date provided you remember the iTunes/App Store account you used to download them.

Secondly if you are running any mission critical Apps whether it is for business or personal use, for example, online banking, social networking, stock trading, password management or some other application you are using on a daily basis check that the developer has released an iOS 7 version (normally documented in the App version notes in the App Store). Since this is a significant update many developers have been working frantically to release the latest versions and if your iPhone is anything like mine you would have been notified of over a dozen updates on a daily basis in the past week. You can also check this by going into the Updates section of the App Store. Download all of the App updates and get friendly with them before upgrading to iOS 7.

Thirdly and most importantly make a backup. You have the option to either back up to your iCloud account or to your computer. Do both. If you are using a free 5Gb iCloud account and your iOS device is on the full side you may not have enough space to back up everything. If you are a former MobileMe customer your complimentary 20Gb iCloud account will expire at the end of this month (September 30, 2013) and you will either need to upgrade your storage plan (starting from $20/year for 15Gb) or ensure that you are well within the 5Gb limit. If you are backing up to your computer make sure that you are running the latest version of iTunes.

So if you feel comfortable with all of the above then go ahead and enjoy your early Christmas present – it will feel like a brand new iPhone or iPad. If there is any hesitation then I would suggest you wait and in the mean time play around with another iPhone or iPad already running iOS 7 to get a better feel of what awaits you just around the corner.

(Not getting any upgrade notifications? Check that your iOS device is at least an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad with retina display or iPad mini).

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September 19, 2013

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