Screen shot of Apple's website promoting the new iOS 7 (Apple)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- If you're an Apple device user, sometime overnight or during the day Wednesday, the newest operating system will be released.
The new operating system, available for Apple iPhones (version 4 and newer) and iPads (version 2 and newer) will change not only the iconic appearance, but also some functionality.
Apple's latest installment will have a "new structure, applied across the whole system, that brings clarity to the entire experience," Apple wrote on its iOS 7 webpage.
Starting at midnight Friday morning, device owners will begin to see the update pushed out to their device, but before hitting "Install," it's strongly recommended that you back up everything first.
The easiest way to do this is using the iCloud Backup function built into the phones and tablets.
Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup - from there switch on iCloud Backup and make sure you're connected to a WiFi network (it won't perform the backup across the cellular data plan) and then click the "Backup Now" button.
This backup will take some time, as it transfers all of your contact information, any mail messages stored, photos and videos. If you're an app and photo hound (like me) and your phone is nearly full, you might not have enough storage available via iCloud, so then you should do the Backup with a computer.
Connect your phone or iPad to a computer with iTunes installed.
Once you're hooked up, your device will appear in the Devices list on the left, and simply right-click the device and hit "Backup."
Note: If you previously had iCloud Backup turned on, iTunes will not allow you to perform a backup until you turn that off in the device.
Another important note: Apple has had iOS 7 in Beta testing for months now, and their engineers have worked long and hard to weed out all the problems.
Some users experienced a few bugs with the last O.S. update, and those were dealt with fairly quickly by Apple.
Will you be installing iOS 7 as soon as you see it pop up?
Will you wait on installing until any potential bugs are repaired?