Today is the BIG day for iPhone users because iOS7 has just been released—except maybe for those who own iPhone 3 or 3G. Hurray! I’ve been waiting for this software upgrade since last night (until I fell asleep!). I totally forgot about it in the morning. Luckily, my friend Dipper posted a screenshot of his iOS7 in his tweeter account.

For those who haven’t updated their phone or who doesn’t know yet how to update, follow these simple steps:

  1. Make sure you are connected to a wifi connection. Based from experience, if you are connected to 3G or 4G, it will not show that you have a new software update.
  2. Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. If you don’t see the update, try restarting your phone. It worked for my sister’s case. Before you install the new version, do some screenshots (some nostalgia eh?)
iOS7 installation screen

iOS7 installation screen

  1. The downloading takes 15 minutes depending on the speed of your connection.
  2. The installation takes roughly 45 minutes. I’m using an iPhone4s. It’s probably going to be faster in iPhone5.
Make sure that your battery is 50% charged!

What I did is that I downloaded the update at home. When it showed Installing, I disconnected from the wifi and went to the office. During the “installation period” you don’t need any internet connection. You will see the Apple logo and a progress bar.

Once the installation is done, you’ll see a Welcome message in different languages. I wonder when they are going to show, “Mabuhay! >Magpadulas para mag-ayos”.

Once the update is done, you will see the “Update Completed” screen. Judging by the design of this page, you’ll know that your phone is going to be transformed into something new.

Update Completed Screen

Update Completed Screen

Then it’s going to ask you to Choose your Wifi Connection. You can skip this step.

Enable the Location Services especially if you’re a Google Map or Foursquare addict like me!

A few more pages is shown after: the password of your Apple Id, the new Terms and Conditions (who reads these stuffs anyway?!), the iCloud account and backup, the iMessage and Facetime, and Find My iPhone. Then you’ll be welcomed by the simple and elegant looking Welcome Screen.

 

Welcome to iPhone Get Started

Welcome to iPhone
Get Started

The first thing you’d probably ask when you try the new OS is, how do I close the running applications? No, the wiggling icons don’t appear anymore! You can’t tap and hold an icon to close it. You just need to slide the application window upwards to remove it from the carousel.

Tap and Slide Upwards to Close an App

Tap and Slide Upwards to Close an App

Go on and explore! Don’t forget to try the Parallax screen. It’s more awesome than an animating background. 🙂

A few more screenshots below for your entertainment.

iOS7 Notification Screen

iOS7 Notification Screen

iOS7 Bottom Slide Screen

iOS7 Bottom Slide Screen

iOS7 Idle Screen

iOS7 Idle Screen

iOS7 Lock Screen

iOS7 Lock Screen

Oh and Facebook has a new interface as well! 🙂

Facebook in iOS7

Facebook in iOS7

Please share what other cool stuffs you have discovered! 🙂