iOS 7 will be released at 6pm UK time

18th September 2013 Informative 987
iOS 7 will be released at 6pm UK time

Apple reportedly will release its iOS 7 update at 6pm UK time, so you can stop frantically checking for the download.

That's according to Redmond Pie, which has put together a handy table detailing when iOS 7 will be released across the globe, revealing that the update will arrive in the UK at 6pm BST, despite previous speculation that the software might available from midnight.

However, it's worth noting that Apple has yet to confirm iOS 7 rollout times, but given that iOS 6 arrived in the UK at 6pm last year we've little reason not to believe the rumours. Even so, we've put the question to Apple and will update this if we receive a response.

So, if you can wait until 6pm without smashing your Apple device in frustration, here's how to download it once it is available. First, of course, back up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iTunes or iCloud, and from there go to Settings > General > Software update. Once the update has downloaded and installed, you'll be offered the option to sign into iCloud, or to set up as a new device. We'd advise avoiding the latter option.

Be warned however, as if you're planning to try to grab the software as soon as the update goes live, it's unlikely to be as simple as a 10 minute install over the air. Last year, it took a member of our team three hours to install Apple's then latest iOS update - encountering lost data, an iPhone that wouldn't switch on and a severe loss of temper.

If you're not sure whether your device will support iOS 7, Apple has confirmed that it will be compatible with the iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above, the iPad Mini and the fifth generation iPod Touch.

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