Along with unveiling the new iPhones and the Apple Watch last week, Apple also announced that its latest iteration of iOS will be released on September 17. Right on cue, iOS 8 is now available for iPhones, iPad and iPod touch.
iOS 8 is available on a bunch of devices including the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad Air, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, and the iPad 2. The recently announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come with iOS 8 pre-installed.
To update your Apple device, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. Alternatively, with your iOS device plugged into your computer, go to iTunes, and on the Summary Page, click on Check for Updates. Before you update your iOS devices though, here are a couple of steps you should follow to ensure a smooth transition.
While iOS 8 may not be as revolutionary an update as iOS 7, it still brings in a lot of new features and improvements. Some of the new features include extensions, widgets, interactive notifications, and continuity among others. You can check out the top 10 features that we are excited about here.
As with major iOS releases, expect a lot of server traffic the moment the operating system is released. In other words, your iOS device will find it difficult to connect to Apple servers to download the OS update. Last year’s release caused downloads to stop abruptly for many users. It also happens to one of the five reasons why we advice you not to update your devices to iOS 8 tonight.
Also Read: iOS 8 review round up: Familiar yet new
The first detailed reviews of the iOS 8 surfaced earlier today, and the verdict is a mixed bag of sorts. Most of them were impressed by Apple’s new operating system, though there were quite a few disappointments. You can read our review roundup for iOS 8 here.