iOS7 is not officially released yet. It is scheduled for released on September 18th. But, you can install the final version right away even if you’re not a developer. It is made possible because of some anonymous public postings of the software update files. Check out this post on how to do it.
Note: We successfully updated a few iDevices using these files. But since we are unable to verify every single one we do guarantee that problems won’t arise. This is the GM release, the same one that is expected release next week. We hope works just the same, but there are a few chances that you could run into an issue. Please be aware that there is some risk involved in the process before you upgrade.
Keep Back Up
Before performing anything, we advice you to back up your iDevice with iTunes. Though we have never advocated any issue with early upgrades, but that does not make us risk free. You may need to restore your device too.
Download iOS 7
A number of iOS 7 updates are available for download. We have come up with the list of the ones that are available so far:
- iPhone 4 (GSM)
- iPhone 4 (GSM Rev. A)
- iPhone 4 (CDMA)
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5 (Model A1428)
- iPhone 5 (Model A1429)
- iPad 2 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad 2 (Rev. A)
- iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + GSM)
- iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
- iPad 3 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + GSM)
- iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
- iPad 4 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad 4 (Wi-Fi + GSM)
- iPad 4 (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
- iPad mini (Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini (Wi-Fi + GSM)
- iPad mini (Wi-Fi + CDMA)
- iPod touch (5th Generation)
iTunes 11.1 Beta
Note: iOS 7 require a later version of iTunes. You may not be able to use your iDevice with iTunes post-update (Not unless Apple releases the new version or you install the beta).
Installing the Update
Go through the following instructions to install iOS 7 on your device:
- Open up the disk image (.dmg) and find the iPhone Software Update file (.ipsw) for your device. Drag it to the desktop or the folder you choose. (Windows users will need a tool like 7-Zip to do this, and will need to open the .hfs inside the .dmg as well.)
- Open iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your computer.
- If your device isn’t automatically selected in iTunes, select it and go to the “Summary” tab.
- Hold down the option key (OS X) or the shift key (Windows) and click the Restore button. Browse to the .ipsw file you downloaded, select it and wait for the update to finish.
- Restore your device from backup and sync with iTunes if need arises.
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