Apple released iOS 7 to the public with a number of new features and a complete redesign.

Some of you may be thinking about making the upgrade to iOS 7 after mostly positive reviews being received of the new features and modern design Apple has created.

In iOS 7, there are changes to the way the icons look too. This is what the icon changes look like:

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If you have already upgraded to iOS 7 and you find you really dislike the new icons, then do not fear! You can easily change them back to the old familiar iOS 6 icons without downgrading or jail breaking your phone.

Here’s a quick how to video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhG2phS3wLI

If you haven’t made the plunge to upgrade yet but are about to install Apple’s new iOS 7 update, then there are few important things to consider before you start installing:

  1. CompatibilityFirst on the list is obviously to check that your device is capable of running iOS 7, the following are:
      • iPhone 4
      • iPhone 4s
      • iPhone 5
      • iPhone 5c
      • iPhone 5s
      • iPod Touch 5th generation 16GB
      • iPod Touch 5th generation 32GB/64GB
      • iPad 2
      • iPad with retina display
      • iPad mini      
  2. Back Up: The second most important thing to do is to back up! It is not unusual to run into some issues on any first attempt to upgrade especially when traffic is high. Backing up all of your photos, contacts, messages, setting, etc. doesn’t take long and will enable you to restore your device back to your original settings if anything does go wrong. You can back up via iCloud or iTunes.
  3. Update iTunesUpdating your iTunes is pretty essential to make sure your device with its new upgrade is compatible. You can check for any updates by clicking on the Help menu in iTunes; then click ‘Check for Updates’. For Mac users click on the Apple Menu – Software Updates.
  4. DeclutterYou will need a decent amount of space available for the iOS 7 installation, around 3.1 GB. This means it may be a good idea to clean up your device beforehand by deleting any redundant apps. Some apps use a lot of space and battery life. Removing any apps you no longer use before you upgrade will make organizing and using your apps in your new upgrade much more enjoyable. (You can check which apps are consuming the most amount of room by visiting the Usage pane under Settings – General.) Now is also a good time to remove any photo’s, documents, videos that you no longer need on your device. Back them up twice just to be safe and make room for this upgrade to run more smoothly.
  5. Update AppsAlthough iOS 7 automatically updates any apps you have, some apps will not be compatible. Other Apps, however, have been designed specifically with iOS 7 in mind, so it is well worth making these app updates.
  6. Your Most Important AppsAs mentioned above, there are going to be some apps that are just not compatible with iOS 7. In certain cases you may even lose the added developer tricks, so it is a good idea to check into any changes that may occur with this new upgrade. Many apps, if not already compatible, are quickly becoming available for iOS 7.
  7. Going Back to iOS 6If you decide you really hate iOS 7, I am afraid there is no going back. It is impossible to install iOS 6 over iOS 7. Although rumors are flying around that it may be possible with an older device such as iPhone 4, if iOS 7 was preinstalled then you’re out of luck. If you have any doubts about upgrading then maybe it’s best to wait awhile for the Apple community’s full feedback.
  8. BugsExpect some bugs. As with pretty much all new software upgrades, when newly released, there is often some ironing out to do. Usually any bug fixes are released within a few weeks, after feedback from users.

Preparing your device before you update, will help to make your installation and iOS 7 experience a smooth one. 

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