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How to Update your Apple Device with iOS 8

How to Update your Apple Device with iOS 8

The Details of Apple’s Latest iOS Release – and Why iPhone 4S / iPad 2 Users Need Not Apply

September 18, 2014

With the release of the long-awaited iPhone 6 as well as a new iOS 8 update (available today), Apple seems to be actively staking its claim for dominance on the smart device market.

Earlier this year, we saw that as the smart device industry continues to grow, it turns out that despite Android’s market share advantage, Apple makes the most revenue from apps and advertising.

And thanks to these new releases, the future sure looks bright for the market leader. We’ll keep you updated as sales and revenue statistics are released.


Details of iOS 8

This particular update, touted as “the biggest iOS release ever” by the company itself, offers several benefits over previous versions. From their iOS website (, here’s a taste of what you can expect:

  • Expanded data protection to more apps and enabled finer control over mail encryption
  • Access to meeting availability and more in Calendar
  • Easier access to corporate documents
  • Data management and content filtering
  • More powerful device management capabilities
  • Enhanced keyboard, QuickType, and suggestions for your next word

Which Devices Should NOT be Updated

How to Update your Apple Device with iOS 8

Though Apple included the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on its eligible devices list for iOS 8, experts have discovered that the update will be more detrimental than beneficial to these particular devices.

According to experts, “iOS 8 was not made for us 4S users” due to its big-screen-friendly design and extreme battery demands that exceed the operating power of older model devices.*

In short, iOS 8 was designed with larger screens and bigger batteries in mind – far beyond the capabilities of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Those who attempt the update on these devices will discover that iOS 8 significantly hinders their functions and offers little in the way of advanced look & feel due to the devices’ limited screen size.


How to Install iOS 8: A Step-by-Step Guide

There are three ways to install iOS 8 to your device, as outlined below by Apple Support.


Option 1: Download Wirelessly

To download iOS 8 over the air, follow these steps:

1. First, plug your device into a power source.
2. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
3. Tap Download and Install to download the update. Updates might download automatically while your device is connected to Wi-Fi and a power source.
4. Tap Install when the download completes, or tap Later to install the update later. If your device is passcode enabled, it will ask you to enter the passcode before installing the update.

NOTE: In order to proceed, you must have at least 4.7 GB of storage available on your device.


Option 2: Download through iTunes

To download iOS 8 through iTunes, follow the steps below (if you use a Personal Hotspot for your computer’s Internet connection, update your device wirelessly or connect your computer to another network):

1. First, install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
2. Plug in your device to your computer.
3. In iTunes, select your device.
4. In the Summary pane, click Check for Update.
5. Click Download and Update.


Option 3: Other

If you do not update using the above options, you will be prompted to accept the update for your device “Over the Air” within 7 days (and thus use Option 1).


* Kleinman, Alexis. Whatever You Do, Don’t Put iOS 8 On Your 4S, HuffPost Tech., Inc.

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