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iOS 8 Arrives: Is your iPhone ready?

Apple came with a whole bunch of gifts for its users on September 9th, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus made their debut, Apple announced the Apple Watch and also the 8th major iteration to its mobile operating system, the iOS. Apple confirmed then iOS 8 would be available for downloads on the 17th of September.

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The update is expected any moment now, and will be available to a large number of existing Apple devices. The update will bring an improved Siri, a newer notifications centre; Spotlight and the Health and Wellness apps as seen on the Apple Watch.

As always, updating the OS can bring a couple of glitches along with new features. Here’s how you can ensure that your early bird transition is smooth and hassle-free.

Check eligibility

Apple has announced that that iOS 8 won’t be backward compatible with all Apple devices. Eligibility for iOS 8 is extended only as far back as the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the iPod touch 5th Generation. If your devices is older, this update isn’t meant for you.

Back up your device

The update to iOS will be available for download manually, but before you take the plunge it would be wise to wipe some data to allow for the new OS on your device. For instance, the iOS 7 update required users have at least 3GB of space free on their devices in order to install the update.

That’s a fair estimation of what we can expect from this update as well. Services like Dropbox or Google Drive can store your long cherished data while you revamp your device otherwise, the second option is to backup onto your Mac or PC using iPhoto or simple drag and drop on Windows computers.

Other data can be backed up using the latest version of iTunes. Connect your device via USB, select the device, click summary, then select your computer and click on ‘Back Up Now’.

This is also a good time to get rid of those unwanted apps that are just lying around as resource hogs on your device.

Install updates

To avoid any cross app conflicts once iOS 8 is running on your device make sure you check for updates, and install them by going to General and selecting Software Update.

Once all of this done, it’s a go ahead to install the new iOS on your device. it you ask us, waiting for a couple of weeks would be a bit more wise in case you own a significantly older device. But hey, nobody’s stopping you.

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