Apple on Tuesday announced that it will release the finished version of iOS 8 to the public on September 17th, just ahead of the iPhone 6’s launch.
Apple’s new iOS software comes with great new features, many of which we have covered in our “what’s new in iOS 8 beta 3 earlier in July”.
There are tons of exciting new features, of course, and you can check all of them next week when the official release version of iOS 8 finally becomes available for Apple devices.
Apple cautions users against installing iOS 8 GM on any device that is not registered in Apple’s iOS developer center. You can cause serious damage to your iOS device. Here are the tips you need to consider to make your iOS 8 upgrading a smooth and pleasant experience.
Which devices are compatible with iOS 8?
Not all devices support iOS 8. Apple has announced the list of devices that support the new software. If you’re not sure which model you have, you can check Apple’s site or the list below:
- iPhone 5s (CDMA + GSM)
- iPhone 5s (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (CDMA + GSM)
- iPhone 5 (GSM)
- iPhone 5C (CDMA)
- iPhone 5C (GSM)
- iPhone 4S
- iPad Mini with Retina (Wi-Fi)
- iPod Touch 5th Generation
Things to do before upgrading
Check your network
Once you’ve confirmed that your iPhone or iPad supports iOS 8, you’ll need to decide how to install the OS. It you opt for wireless installation, check your WiFi connection.
If you plan to install via iTunes, you need a computer and the latest version of iTunes.
Back up your device
If you plan to take a backup using your computer, plug your device into your computer and open iTunes. Click the Devices button, choose your device and scroll down in the summary section to Backups. Click Back Up Now which is under ‘Manually Back and Restore’.
If you intend to make a wireless backup, yu need to sign up for an iCloud account. Once you sign in to iCloud, make sure your device is connected to a WiFi network.
Go to Settings>iCloud>Storage & Backup, enable the iCloud Backup toggle and tap Back Up Now.
Make sure you’re up to date
Make sure you’re up to date with the current iOS 7 updates before the release of new version of iOS 8. Doing so speeds up the upgrade process. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. If there are any available updates for your device you can click ‘Install Now’.
How to install the iOS 8 update?
- If there’s a DMG file, open up the disk image (.dmg) and look for iPhone Software Update file (.ipsw) for your device. Drag it to the desktop, or a folder of your choice. (Windows users will need a tool like 7-Zip to do this, and will need to open the .hfs inside the .dmg as well.)
- Open iTunes and plug in your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, into your computer.
- If your device isn’t automatically selected in iTunes, select it and go to the “Summary” tab.
- Hold down the option key (OS X) or the shift key (Windows) and click the Restore button. Browse to the .ipsw file you downloaded, select it, and wait for the update to finish.
- If necessary, restore your device from backup and sync with iTunes.