For those not aware, I am always informed of the newest technology and while I’m not always the first to get the newest gadget, I’m just about the first to know about it. I ditched my iPhone 4 for an iPhone 5 soon after it came out and I’ve actually made money selling old iPhones in the past. Well, there’s no new iPhone that I want this time, but the opportunity I have to be ahead of the curve is probably even more unique.
iOS 7 Was Revealed
On Monday, Apple demonstrated iOS 7, the newest operating system for iPhone, which will likely be released sometime in October, as it was last year (October 21st if my memory serves me correctly). iOS 7 looks pretty sweet and waiting for the next 4 months until it’s released it going to feel like a million years. Who wants the current operating system when the next great thing is around the corner? Not I. In this case, “current” is the new “old.”
There are a lot of great features and I won’t bore (or excite) you will all the details. Basically, there are a lot of features that will make the phone easier to use and there are a bunch of bothersome settings that are getting fixed with the update. I currently jailbreak my phone to get access to similar features, but having a more stable environment that are actually supported my Apple would be a big upgrade.
Developers Can Get Access To iOS 7 Now
There is one way to get the newest software without waiting. Developers can upgrade their device and test out the beta version. It’s not quite as polished as what the software will look like by the time it’s released, but it’s not too far off. The beta helps find issues and gives Apple time to correct them before releasing the software to the public.
Now, I’m considering becoming a developer and installing the software on my phone, because wherever I would go, I would be the kid with the coolest phone. When a new iPhone comes out, a lot of people get it on the first day, and within a few weeks everyone has caught up. But with new software that won’t be released to the public for 4 months, I’d have a huge head start. And I’d be able to impress my friends and make fun of them for being so behind with their only “current” technology. So not cool.
Is It Worth It?
The price tag itself doesn’t excite me, but having the operating system in advance sure does. I’ll have to sleep on it for a few days to determine whether this is something I really want or can live without for a few months. I could wait a month now and then buy the developer’s license, but that would also mean I’d get next year’s iOS included in the $99 price tag.
Should I do pull the trigger and spend the money on iOS 7? Will I get all the value out of it that I think I will?
Update: It turns out you can be added to someone else’s account and there are services who will give you access for as little as $5! I’m glad I slept on it, that saved me $94!