Ask the Readers: Will You Upgrade to iOS 7?

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Apple iOS 7 will be released on September 18th. On older devices it might run slow, and not allow you to use all of its features, so will you upgrade?

When Apple announced its new iPhone models this week we also found out that iOS 7 is coming on September 18th. The new version brings a lot more features and a whole new look to the table. While it’s compatible with some older devices, it might not run optimally, and you won’t get all of the features newer devices to get. So is the upgrade worth it?

Apple Devices Compatible with iOS 7

iOS 7 Device Compatibility

But from what we heard from the announcement yesterday, the new mobile OS has a lot of new eye candy and will require a lot of power under the hood. If you have an older device, it might not have the processing power to give you the full fluid experience that newer devices will have. In fact, it’s possible your older device could run slower by upgrading.

Also, not all features in iOS 7 will be available on older devices. According to Apple’s website:

Not all features are available on all devices.

  • Panorama format is available on iPhone 4s or later and iPod touch (5th generation). Square and video formats and swipe to capture are available on iPhone 4 or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
  • Filters in Camera are available on iPhone 5 or later and iPod touch (5th generation). Filters in Photos are available on iPhone 4 or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
  • AirDrop is available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account.
  • Siri is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply. New female and male voices will be available initially in U.S. English, French, and German.

When iOS 7 is launched on the 18th will you upgrade? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.



  1. P-L

    September 11, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Already done :)

    • Steve Krause

      September 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Ah – you must have a DEV “pass”. Nice

      Which device do you have? What do you think so far? Did it impact the performance on your device?

      • P-L

        September 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

        Performance on 4s: 8/10. Works fine, maybe 0.1 to 0.2 seconds slower than on the 5 for things like opening apps and switching them but other than that no problem

        And no I’m not a developer.

        • Steve Krause

          September 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

          OK good. I’ve got the 4S also. I’ll be upgrading of course so i can do more write-ups on it. Have you noticed any improvement on battery life?

          • P-L

            September 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

            I did notice the battery life suffered a bit, but it still lasts a day

  2. VadimOk

    September 11, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I have an iPhone 4S so i will upgrade but I’m dissapointment with the iPhone 5S so ill be holding off on that upgrade.

    Really bummed out. Was hoping for something really great and just got a faster phone and a few little features.


    • Steve Krause

      September 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

      My exact thoughts. I have a 4S also and I’ve been waiting for the 5S or 6 to upgrade. The features of the 5S are so lackluster… I’ll be waiting now until the 6 or… might even make a jump to another platform. Will see…

      • Brian Burgess

        September 13, 2013 at 4:20 am

        You know what’s a really great platform? Windows Phone 8! :)

        • Steve Krause

          September 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

          yeah yeah yeah Burgess……. You’ve got Ballmer bed sheets don’t you…? 8+)

    • Bob

      September 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

      I am planning on upgrading to Samsung Galaxy.

      • Steve Krause

        September 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        what do you have now?

      • Bob

        September 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

        iPhone 4S

  3. Tom Lucas

    September 11, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Looking forward to features so yes I will..

  4. Jim D

    September 11, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I probably will but I am going to wait for others with a 4s to upgrade to see how it runs first.

  5. Candi

    September 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Probably will, but will hold off to see how others with 4S and iPad 2nd gen are rating their experience.

  6. [anonymous]

    September 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    At first I was horrified at the fact that so much of my favorite mobile OS was changed. All if this hype, though, is making me way too curious to just wait for others to get the final version before me.
    I already read there were battery problems on the iPhone 4S, which worries me a little, but none of the article ever far real quantitative data. I am one of those people who is literally afraid of their battery hitting fifty so my excessive charging should get me through this update. My last apprehension is that my apps remain operable and my phone doesn’t lag. So far, it’s been two years of hardcore usage and my A5 hasn’t slowed down a bit. I hope iOS 7 isn’t the end of the line for my phone the way iOS 5 was for my 4th gen iPod Touch.

    • Steve Krause

      September 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

      I can speak to the battery issues of the iphone 4S. My batter gets me to about 3pm before I need a charge. I now keep it plugged in all day at work to keep it juiced up but it’s a real problem for me when travelling.

      Granted, it appears to have become worse over time so right out of the gate it wans’t tooo bad but, it’s much worse than previous versions, perhaps because of the LTE.

  7. Jeffrey

    September 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I have an iPhone 4. I probably wait for a while to see how it works on other’s phone first. I waited 6 weeks to upgrade to os-6. I don’t worry about being the first to have new technology. Haven’t upgraded to iPhone 5 after seeing my son’s iPhone 5. Was not a “have to have that!” Product.

  8. Brian Burgess

    September 12, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Well, to cover technology to the best of my ability, I will need to get a new device. Currently I have an old 4th gen iPod touch — and it’s really beat up. The camera hasn’t worked for a year, iOS 6 runs super slow on it. I did jailbreak it though to see what other types of geekiness I can get out of it.

    But I am waiting until the supposed new announcements of new iPads in October. I would like to pick up a brand new iPad mini — provided it has decent hardware and is still at the $349 price point.

    I know I could get the current Mini, but no reason to do that if new ones come out next month. I got nailed on that the last time I bought an iPad 3 — a week after I got it, Apple launched the iPad 4 with better hardware.

  9. josh

    September 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

    will any update be avalible for ipod touch 4g?

    • Brian Burgess

      September 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      No the update is only available for iPod touch 5. At the beginning of this article is a graphic showing what devices iOS 7 will work with.

  10. Shane

    September 14, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Will only update to iOS 7 if a jailbreak is available! Otherwise 6.1.2 for now :)

    • Steve Krause

      September 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      VERY good point. Glad you mentioned that. Will need to keep an eye on the Jailbreaks. It’s only a matter of time.

      That would be a great survey — Jailbreak users vs. non-jailbreak users.

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