While you were drooling over the bigger, faster iPhone 6s (or perhaps raging over the less exciting Apple Watch), you might have missed the news that Apple has rolled out what it is calling “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store” to eligible devices: iOS 8.
As TechCrunch notes, don’t be too concerned if you can’t get to it right away: big updates like these typically release in stages to avoid overwhelming Apple’s servers. Chances are good that even if you were wise enough to skip yesterday’s initial rush to grab the latest update, you’re not really ready for it anyway.
For starters, the iOS 8 update requires nearly 5 GB of storage, so this might be a good time to take stock of old apps and photos. Or, you could just take the “clean slate” approach and wipe everything out completely – after backing everything up first, of course.
Even after you’re sure that you’ve taken the necessary precautions, there are still plenty of reasons to wait a couple of days. ZDNet has no less than six reasons to put off the big upgrade, ranging from “there could be bugs” to “once you upgrade, you can’t go back.” They also point out that, while iOS 8 is compatible with older devices, they “may not run the software with the glitz and the glamor of newer devices, which have better processors, more memory, and greater storage.” And if you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, Ars Technica warns that you’re in for a particularly bumpy ride.
Let’s also not forget that at least two iOS 8 features aren’t even ready yet. Business Insider is reporting that Apple is warning users not to use iOS 8’s iCloud Drive feature, which will allow you to access files from any of your other Apple devices. Another feature, HealthKit, never even made it to the release, according to MacRumors:
While the exact issue is unclear, it is certainly significant that one of the key features of iOS 8 does not appear to be ready to launch on time and that it is having a significant effect on third-party developers who have prepared their apps to take advantage of the new feature.
HealthKit, which Apple has been parading around as its entrée into the health and fitness market, is a service that will interact with existing fitness apps, including Apple’s new Health app, to track users’ heart rates, calories burned and other fitness measurements. The good news, according to Business Insider, is that an update should be ready by the end of the month.
So, let’s say that your device has the requisite memory, can physically handle the new update and you’ve waited an appropriate amount of time. Is it time to upgrade yet? Of course, and this handy guide can help. But, once you’ve successfully installed iOS 8, take some time to get to know it and its various “secret features” and helpful new apps. Or, try exploring some of its gorgeous new wallpapers.
Despite the trouble that some users might experience, and the likelihood that early adopters will undoubtedly run into bugs, iOS 8 can generally be considered a success. So, provided you’ve taken the precautions, go ahead and get to upgrading: iOS 9 is probably just around the corner anyway.
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