All you Apple fan bois, iOS 8 is finally available for download over the air (OTA). Apple calls it “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store…” but then again Cupertino always had a knack for aggrandizing their stuff. That being said though, it is a huge upgrade for owners of iDevices with a download size of around 1GB plus in size and is available now.
So what are we getting in iOS8? There are hundreds of new features including new Messages and Photos features, a new QuickType keyboard, Health app, support for third party keyboards like Swiftkey and Swype, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive and new camera features like Time-lapse mode. There’s even third party support for Touch ID, Continuity and Handoff features which work with OS X Yosemite and much more.
So are all iDevice holders going to be able to drink in the new iOS8 Kool-aid? Not exactly. The update is available for iPhones from the 4s and above, the 5th Gen iPod Touch and iPads from the iPad 2 and above. Owners of the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 might want to think carefully before updating though, as there may be performance issues due to old hardware.
So how does your compatible iDevice get its grubby hands on this new OS from Apple? Just open your Settings app and select General, then Software Update. The update should be listed there already and ready for download. Remember to backup all your stuff before hand though, just in case the unforseen happens. Now let’s see if that download and installation’s done already.