Apple’s iOS 7, the biggest change to iOS since its debut, launches Wednesday. While you may be itching to get your fingers on the new operating system, you’ll want to take some time to make sure your device is 100 percent ready for this major software update.
First, make sure all the media and memories you’ve stored on your iDevice are backed up. Of course, you’ll also need to verify your device is able to upgrade to iOS 7 in the first place. Here’s what you need to do before you tap that download button.
Apple has unveiled two new handsets: the top-end iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone 5C at an event in California.The 5S introduces a fingerprint sensor built into the phone's main button to identify the user. The 5C comes with a plastic back in a choice of colours.
It marks a change of strategy for Apple which had not launched two distinct types of handset at the same time before.
The iPhone is the firm's most important product in terms of earnings power.
The new fingerprint system can be used to unlock the 5S and provide authentication for purchases from Apple's online marketplace.
One analyst suggested the feature would help the handset stand out against its Android rivals.
"Touch ID is actually quite an elegant solution to an ever more significant problem: namely, the theft of mobile devices and, perhaps even more critically, the information stored on those devices," said Windsor Holden from the tech consultancy Juniper Research.
"Many people haven't yet bothered to implement any kind of security solution on their handsets and for those who have, securing handsets with Pin authorisations can be quite a time-consuming process."
However, Apple is not the first phone company to offer such a fingerprint reader.
Nokia's headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Photograph: Sari Gustafsson/AP
Mobile phone company's decline prompts soul-searching but also relief at headquarters in Espoo.
The central object in Finland's national epic poem the Kalevala is the Sampo, a magical machine that produces money, flour and salt. The device is stolen and taken away over the sea, but along the way falls into the water and is lost.
For Finns contemplating the final indignity for its modern-day magical machine, Nokia, the analogy is as unavoidable. From humble beginnings as a paper mill set up 150 years ago in the small town of Nokia in southern Finland, the company became the country's global claim to fame before subsiding under a withering assault from Apple and others. Finally this week, its mobile phone business was sold to Microsoft.
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