Last week Apple announced it’s biggest news yet with the reveal of the iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. They also announced that they would be releasing a software refresh for current iPhones.
Well the shiny new iOS 8 update for iPhone is available for download as of today Wednesday September 17 and it promises to be the biggest operating system release ever since it comes with updates to popular apps such as messages photos and the keyboard.
The operating system update will come on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices which will be released to the public on Friday. However if you’re not planning on upgrading to a new iPhone just yet here’s everything you need to know about how to get iOS 8 on your iPad and current iPhone.
But before you get started here’s the right way to download the software refresh and what to expect from the new update:
The iOS 8 is only compatible with the iPhone 4S and later models. It will also work on the iPad 2 and later models and the iPod Touch 5th generation.
Before you update any iPhone or iPad it is wise to make sure you’ve recently completed a backup to iTunes or your iCloud. You’ll also want to make sure you have at least 1 GB free. In order to delete items you don’t need go to settings and usage.
For Mac users open iTunes then click iTunes > Check for Updates. Windows users open iTunes then click Help > Check for Updates. To back up your iPhone or iPad click File > Devices > Back Up.
Free up Some Space
You’ll also want to make sure you have at least 1 GB free. In order to delete items you don’t need go to settings and usage.
How to Update
Once you feel comfortable with the data you have saved and have plenty of space it’s time to update. Plug in your device and turn on WiFi. Next go to settings and choose software update to begin the download.
Once it’s complete restart your iPhone and you should be good to go with a brand new iOS.
What to Expect From iOS 8
Apple’s new Health app will “talk” to your other fitness apps and will serve as a one-stop shop for all of your health and fitness data providing metrics on one screen.
The Family Sharing app will allow up to six people in a household to share each other’s iTunes iBooks and App Store purchases. It will also allow families to keep up with each others’ photos calendars and locations.
A “smart keyboard” that can suggest “contextually appropriate words” to complete your messages will be rolled out along with the ability to seamlessly send video and audio iMessages among other updates.