According to Apple’s press conference, its brand new iOS 8 is going to be available for download on September 17th. Though iOS 8 looks much the same like iOS 7, Apple developers are already doing amazing things with iOS 8. What exactly is new with iOS 8? Update to iOS 8 or not? How to get device ready for new iOS 8 update? Maybe all these questions occur to you at once. Now, let see in details.
What’s New in iOS 8
There are plenty of outstanding new features added to iOS 8:
1. HealthKit makes heath information in control
HealthKit is one of the new features that can gather all information from various health and fitness apps and devices. With HealthKit, you could even send health information to doctors at certain hospitals.
2. Credit card scanning
In iOS 8’s web browser, you can utilize the camera to scan credit card numbers when making online purchases, so that you don’t need to manually entering your credit card number.
3. Stay in sync
When a user’s iOS device is near his Mac, Handoff allows users to start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. SMS and MMS messages that previously only appear on the user’s iPhone now can appear in messages on all iDevices.
4. Family sharing
Six family members will be able to share app purchases across their devices. It also means you can share things like calendar, notes across devices.
5. Wi-Fi calling
iOS 8 has an option for Wi-Fi calling, which allows you to make calls for free over Wi-Fi when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
What to Do with Your iPhone, iPad, iPod before iOS 8 Update?
After seeing those highlights of iOS 8, you must be eager to upgrade your device to new iOS 8. Yet there are some tips you need to pay attention to before iOS 8 update.
1. Make sure your device can run iOS 8
Apple has a habit of dropping support for the lowest supported device of the previous iOS. This time, there is no different. Apple announced that iOS 8 will be compatible with iphone 5s/5c/5/4s, iPad mini2/mini, iPad Air, iPad 4/3/2, iPod touch 5th generation.
2. Clear storage space on your device.
Check to see if you have enough space available for iOS 8. If not, delete some unimportant data and unused apps to clear the space.
3. Backup your device
Remember to backup your files in iDevice, like contacts, photos, messages, etc. This is of great importance, since iOS 8 update would cause data loss. If you forget to backup, you can use iPhone Data Recovery to recover lost data on your device.
When you can finally get access to the new iOS 8, you take the above-mentioned tips as reference to install and update your device to iOS 8.