After feasting your eyes on the clean, snappy UI of iOS 7 at Apple's WWDC and iPhone launch, you've probably fallen in love with the latest installment of Apple's mobile operating system, right? Well, if you'd like to install it on your older iPhone or iPad, then you can. Follow our simple guide and you'll be able to do it with ease.
Apple went on to announce iOS 7 GM, or Gold Master today, offering downloads to registered iOS 7 developers so that they can deliver app updates ahead of the official iOS7 release date on September 18th.
The good news is that you can install this version of the OS without having to register your device with the Apple developer program. As long as your device supports iOS 7, you shouldn't encounter any problems.
Before you do even the simplest thing, please do back up your device with iTunes. Yes, we've had no problems with trying out early updates in the past. However, you'd rather be safe than sorry. Also, you should note that there's a very good reason for which iOS 7 GM isn't available to the general public. It could be filled with bugs that will end up causing you more pain than pleasure. Apart form this, you're going to have to download the OS from a provider other than Apple, meaning that you're going to be breaking a software agreement with the company. Still feeling adventurous? If so, good. Run along and make that back up right away.
Done backing up? Great.The following steps should lead you to iOS 7 bliss early on.
Step 1 : You're going to have to find an iOS 7 GM download link from a site like IMZDL.There are even links available on certain social platforms. If you're trying to make the upgrade on an iPhone 5, then this should suit you fine. Here's a link for the iPad 4 and here's one for the iPad Mini.
Step 2 : Now, ensure that you download the appropriate iOS 7 GM for your respective iDevice.
Step 3: We hope that you've made that back up, because installing iOS 7 will erase your iDevice, so be prepared to restore and sync.
Step 4 : Now, open up iTunes and make the upgrade by choosing the "Restore" option. Ensure that you hold down the option key if you're using OS X or the shift key if you're Windows while clicking the Restore button. Browse and find the .ipsw file you downloaded, choose it, and wait for the update to complete.
Step 5 : Now find your backup and restore your data.
Got all that right? Great. You're now ready for the iOS 7 experience. Enjoy!