Monday, September 16, 2013

Getting Ready for iOS 7

Waukesha One is a self manage iPad model for both staff and students.  This means that teachers and students are responsible for updating individual apps and the operating system on the iPad. While this is awesome freedom, it is also a great responsibility.  App updates come out often and can be very useful.  For example, Google Drive had a fantastic update last week.  This update included cool features like a new user interface, the ability to get a link to a Google doc from within the app, and updated search function.  If you haven’t updated your apps in a while go the app store under updates.  It is worth your time.

So, teachers and students will be responsible for updating their iPad to iOS 7.  As we get ready for iOS 7, here are a few tips for you to consider as you update.

1.  If you have wifi at home, please update at home. As you can imagine, with so many devices on a school network it would be difficult to have the updates happen at school. Obviously, if you do not have wifi at home school is the place to update.  However, please try and do it at the beginning or end of the day.  

2.  Make sure you backup your iPad.  You can do this by going to Settings, iCloud, Storage and Backup, then iCloud backup.  While your upgrade to iOS 7 should not affect your files, it is always a good idea to have a backup.

3.  Look through your photos and videos and “weed the garden”.  We all have photos and videos on our iPads that we could delete.  Use the update to iOS 7 as a way clean up usage on your iPad.  Don’t stop with photo’s and videos look at the apps you really use.  Don’t worry, if you delete them they will always be in iCloud in the purchased area of the App Store.  

Take some time to get to know iOS 7.  There are some visual changes, some new features, but the standard layout remains the same.  You can go to the official Apple website to do some reading, but here are some of the highlights:

1.  Different User Interface.  While the structure looks similar, you will see that fonts, colors, and the user interface has changed.  It is a new design that has a different look with the same feel of iOS 6.

2.  AirDrop:  You already have this feature on your MacBook.  AirDrop will allow you to wirelessly share items with other iOS 7 users

3.  Control Center:  Control Center gives you more control over your iOS devices.  This feature will allow you quick access to things like brightness, wifi, AirPlay, and many other awesome features.

These are only three of many new things on iOS 7.  This is a very large update and your iPad will look different.  If you follow the steps above, you should have a smooth transition to some great new options on iOS 7 and your iPad.