So iOS 7 is set for public release tomorrow, September 18. It will be the latest generation of iOS, bringing real, intelligent multitasking; elegant app switching, a new Control Center for fast access to service toggling and more, enhancements to Notification Center, and a major new overhaul to its look and feel.
It’s also a 64-bit operating system, which should deliver an exciting performance boost for the OS itself and for apps that are rewritten for it.
So there’s lots to look forward to with the release of iOS 7 and it might be worth taking a little bit of time to get your iPad ready to make a smooth transition to the latest version of iOS. The one big thing you can do in this area is to get a backup of your iPad done today, or tomorrow at some point before updating to iOS 7.
You can do a backup of your iPad via iTunes when connected to your Mac or Windows PC via USB cable or you can use iCloud Backup. I much prefer iCloud Backup and restore for a number of reasons. One is that I’m a lazy git and if I don’t have to fuss with cables and the not-so-speedy iTunes I’m happy. The main reason though is that iCloud Backup is brilliant and a pleasure to use.
Backing up with iCloud Backup generally takes just a few minutes, even on my iPads where I tend to run run over 200 apps. While restoring generally takes considerably longer, it is nicely broken into two phases. The first phase is the restore of settings, which is pretty quick. Then the second phase restores all your apps. That takes quite a while – easily an hour or more for me – but you can use the iPad just as normal while that’s going on.
If you want an in-depth guide to backup and restore via either method I won’t try to reinvent the wheel here – instead I’d suggest you take a look at Sarah Guarino’s post over at 9to5Mac.
Are you all feeling ready for / psyched about the iOS 7 release tomorrow?