Ever since Apple released iOS 7 yesterday, one of most common question by readers who had already installed iOS 7 GM or a beta versions of iOS 7 has been, how do I update to iOS 7 public release.
If you’re on GM then you don’t need to worry, the build number of the iOS 7 public release and iOS 7 GM is the same (11A465). So you don’t need to update to iOS 7 public release.
If you’re worried about expiry then please note that like the public releases, GM builds don’t have an expiry date, and if Apple releases iOS 7.0.1, you will be update to it via over-the-air (OTA) update. There is absolutely no difference between iOS 7 GM and iOS 7 public release.
If your iOS device is still on a beta version of iOS 7 then it is advisable to update to iOS 7 public release. You can follow these simple steps to update to iOS 7.
Backup of your iOS Device:
It is always a good idea to take a backup of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch before updating it with the latest iOS software update. (Note that if you choose to encrypt your backup using iTunes, along with normal data, secure information like passwords etc. are also backed up.)
You can back up your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud.
Update to iTunes 11.1:
Before we start, ensure that you have iTunes 11.1 installed on your computer. You can download it from here or Click on iTunes in the menu bar and then click on “Check for updates.”.
Update to iOS 7:
Once iTunes is all squared away, it’s time to turn your attention to your iOS device and follow these instructions.
- Download the appropriate iOS firmware file for your device.
7.0 (iPhone 4 GSM): iPhone3,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPhone 4 CDMA): iPhone3,3_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPhone 4S): iPhone4,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPhone 5 GSM): iPhone5,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPhone 5 CDMA): iPhone5,2_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 2 Wi-Fi): iPad2,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 2 GSM): iPad2,2_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 2 CDMA): iPad2,3_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 2 New): iPad2,4_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 3 Wi-Fi): iPad3,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 3 CDMA): iPad3,2_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 3 GSM): iPad3,3_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 4 Wi-Fi): iPad3,4_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 4 GSM): iPad3,5_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad 4 CDMA): iPad3,6_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad mini Wi-Fi): iPad2,5_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad mini GSM): iPad2,6_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPad mini CDMA): iPad2,7_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
7.0 (iPod Touch 5G): iPod5,1_7.0_11A465_Restore.ipsw
- Connect your iOS device to your computer using an USB cable. Wait for iTunes to open and connect to your device.
- Click on device button to the left of the iTunes Store button in the top right corner in iTunes.
- Hold down on the option key (Mac) or the shift key (Windows) and click the “Check for Update” button in the Summary pane. Browse to the .ipsw file you had downloaded earlier and select it. Note: Alternatively, you can also try clicking on the “Check for Update” directly without using holding down on the Option key or the Shift key. If the iOS 7 update is available it will automatically download and update your device to iOS 7.
- Do not disconnect your device until the update has finished.
- If necessary, restore your device from the previous backup and sync with iTunes.
That’s it. Your iOS device should be successfully updated to iOS 7. Let me know how it goes and feel free to leave a comment if you’ve any questions.