Published on September 18th, 2014 | by Mick Brennan


iOS 8 : How to Update And What Are The New Features

The iOS 8 update is now available to download  for iPhone 4S and later models, and all iPads except for version release 1. Firstly, as always just in case something goes wrong, back up your phone’s data to the cloud or to your computer via iTunes. Once you’re ready to update, you will have two options: Download it directly to your device, or use iTunes on your computer. If you have limited space on your device we recommend using the iTunes method as it only uses 1.1GB of storage space on your iPhone/iPad as opposed to the update using 5.7GB if you update over the air via wireless.

Once the new iOS is installed, behavior and speed of the operating system will very much depend on the model of your phone, so a user on an iPhone 4s may have a considerably slower experience in some situations than a iPhone 5s user. Its the same as running windows on a 2 year old PC or a brand new PC, there are always going to be performance issues with older models.

New features include updates to Messages and Photos, an all-new Health app, a predictive keyboard and contextual Spotlight, improved Mail and Safari, Family Sharing options and Continuity workflows, and there’s Extensibility, which allows for interactive notifications, custom keyboards, custom sharing and action options, custom photo filters and effects, widgets, iCloud Drive, and custom storage providers.

There are also new frameworks like HomeKit for home automation, manual camera controls, Touch ID authentication for third party apps and a new programming language called Swift.

Overall iOS8 has a lot of good new features, but in our opinion here at Gimmedigital, maybe don’t rush out to install it just yet as there are always a few ‘teething’ problems when an iOS launches 😉

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Michael Produced Irelands first Computer game and technology dedicated tv show called "Game On" for Channel 6 Ireland in 2006 and is the Founder of the website and also Michael has been working in the television industry for the past 16 years with the roles of Producer/ Director, Camera Operator and Editor.

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