iOS 7 Update Hits iPhones, iPads & iPods TodayBy: Chris Crum - September 18, 2013
Update: A lot of people are having trouble downloading the update.
The long-anticipated iOS 7 update comes to various iDevices today. The new operating system was first unveiled earlier this year at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and the release date was made official at the iPhone 5s/5c unveiling earlier this month.
Starting today, the update will be available for free for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation). US English, French and German will be immediately available with additional languages to be added over time.
“iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device, but one that will still be instantly familiar to our users,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Next month we’ll be shipping our 700 millionth iOS device, and we’re excited about what our hundreds of thousands of iOS developers are doing to bring great new features to their apps.”
200 new features. That’s a lot to take in. You can learn about a bunch of them here, but here are the big ones Apple is highlighting:
Siri with new male and female voices,* Twitter search integration, Wikipedia integration and Bing web searching within the app; and
Note that not all features are supported on all devices. In the U.S., the release comes with iTunes Radio at launch.
Here’s what people are currently saying about iOS7:
The iPhone 5s and 5c will become available on Friday.