It's not like my iPad was broken broken (other than that screen, but not referring to that now), but as I have written before, it was jailbroken. And I loved it. Mostly. I loved the little features it gave me. In the end, after more than a year of having a free bird iPad, what weighed in the scale most, was the annoyance of Safari crashing all the time. For no good reason. So, finally I had enough and decided to un-break my iPad.
That's not a huge big deal to do. Connect the iPad with iTunes on a laptop - Macbook or Win, either is fine. But, have I ever mentioned how much I dislike iTunes? I don't get the UI. Though, I have to admit, that when it actually started to do something, after waiting and wondering for several minutes after connecting the iPad, the backup-update console was straightforward enough.
Once this was all done, I re-plugged my iPad to the laptop, and iTunes launched automatically, asking me to update the software. I clikced Download and update, and the process started. After some time - during which I walked to the store with the dog - iTunes informed me of an unknown error and told me to restore the iPad. So Restore and Update I did.
After only a few minutes, iPad rebooted and iTunes prompted me to proceed with restoring the iPad from the backup. After several reboots and iTunes operations of syncing and such, the iPad was finally up and running again. With iOs7.1.
Everything seems to be running smoothly. I miss that top bar swipe menu a bit, but otherwise the iOs7 seems ok. Then again, haven't been using it yet more tha a cursory glance to check that all is well in my iPad.