iOS 8 is expected to officially drop later today. EDIT: It’s officially here! Check out our latest guide for details on how to install.
We have some tips to prepare yourselves and your iDevice for the big update.
iOS 8 Supported Devices
iOS 8 is compatible with the devices below. That’s from the iPhone 4S and up. iPad 2 and up. iPod Touch 5G. Anything newer and you’re all set!
There will be two methods to install the iOS 8 update later. OTA (from the device itself), or via iTunes on your computer. If you are going to install the update OTA, ensure you have enough free storage on your device as the iOS 8 update requires at least 1.4GB of storage space to install itself on.
If you will be installing via iTunes, ensure you have enough free space on your computer too.
You’ll likely need free space for the next step too – Backing up.
Most importantly, back up the contents of your device. Here’s a list of exactly what iTunes backs up. Ensure your device has successfully backed up to either iTunes or iCloud before updating. Successfully being the key word here. It may be advisable to keep multiple backups on different machines in case something goes wrong. Here’s how to perform a backup using iTunes on your computer, or iCloud on your device itself:
iTunes Backup (Mac/PC)
Ensure you have the latest iTunes version. Plug your device in to your computer and select it in the left sidebar. If the left sidebar is not visible in iTunes, enable it by going to View, Show Sidebar. On the Summary tab you will see a section named “Manually Back Up and Restore”. Click Back Up Now and iTunes will begin to backup your device. Again, ensure you have enough free space available on your computer otherwise the backup will not successfully complete.
Connect to Wi-Fi. Proceed to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Back Up Now. If this is the first time you have used this, it may take a while depending on how much data you have on your iDevice. Be warned that this method uploads your data to the iCloud server, thus using a fair amount of data on your WiFi connection (this is dependant on the last time you backed up).
What time will iOS 8 Be Available In South Africa?
Now you are prepared for the iOS 8 update, sit tight and wait for it to drop later today! We are expecting the update to be available in South Africa from around 7PM, maybe sooner if we’re lucky. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for news on when it goes live.
If you have any questions before you update, ask away in the comments section, or head on over to our forums where we’ll be more than happy to help.Share This: