For one thing, it is available for over-the-air update via Settings > General > Software Update, but you should know that it is more than 1 GB in size. Depending on your Internet speed, this update is going to take a while.
Alternatively, you can try to do the update and installation manually, which is where this post comes in. Remember to run a backup first before proceeding.
Note that iOS7 is available for the iPod (5th gen and above), iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above and the iPad Mini. And if you are wondering, the iPhone 5S and 5C will be running on the 7.0.1 version. Here’s how to to get iOS7 on your idevice.
Recommended Reading: iOS 7: 31 tips, tricks and new features.
GSM vs. CDMA
But first, if you are not sure if you have a GSM or CDMA model, here’s how to find out. At the back of your iPhone or iPad is a model number written in fine print. In this shot, you can see the model number is A1387 which is for the iPhone 4S.
For your easy reference, we have grouped the model numbers with the download links in the table below. Download the file you need and skip ahead to the next section for the manual update.
iPad (4th Gen)
|iPad 4 (CDMA)||A1460||Download||1.38 GB|
|iPad 4 (GSM)||A1459||Download||1.38 GB|
|iPad 4 (WiFi)||A1458||Download||1.32 GB|
|iPad Mini (CDMA)||A1455||Download||1.15 GB|
|iPad Mini (GSM)||A1454||Download||1.15 GB|
|iPad Mini (WiFi)||A1432||Download||1.11 GB|
iPad (3rd Gen)
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi||A1416||Download||1.31 GB|
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (ATT)||A1430||Download||1.34 GB|
|iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (Verizon)||A1403||Download||1.34 GB|
iPad (2nd Gen)
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)||Download||1.04 GB|
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi||A1395||Download||1.04 GB|
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)||A1396||Download||1.06 GB|
|iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)||A1397||Download||1.06 GB|
|iPhone 5 (CDMA)||A1442/A1429||Download||1.23 GB|
|iPhone 5 (GSM)||A1428/A1429||Download||1.23 GB|
iPhone 4 / 4s
|iPhone 4s||A1387||Download||1.18 GB|
|iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A)||Download||1.12 GB|
|iPhone 4 (GSM)||A1332||Download||1.12 GB|
|iPhone 4 (CDMA)||A1349||Download||1.12 GB|
|iPod touch (5th generation)||Download||1.16 GB|
How to Update to iOS 7 Manually
So now that you have downloaded the required file, here’s what to do next.
(1) Launch iTunes (you will need the latest version) and look for the iPhone (or iPad) button on the top right.
(2) Hold Options (or Alt) key, and click Update.
(3) Look for the downloaded .ipsw and click Open.
That’s all. Your installation will now start. By the way, we have a list of new features you can check out on iOS7. If you come across any interesting features, sound off in the comments.