iOS 8 over-the-air updates are rolling out now

Apple logoAs promised at the iPhone 6 unveiling last week, Apple has just released iOS 8 to current iDevice users with compatible hardware. The software arrives two days ahead of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it's available either as an over-the-air update or through iTunes. The update should be available for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S; all iPads except the first-generation model; the fifth-generation iPod Touch; and both revisions of the third-generation Apple TV.

You can read pretty much everything there is to know about iOS 8 in our main review, but suffice it to say this is a big update. The headlining features include the new extensions, Continuity features that make your iDevices work more seamlessly with one another, improvements to many core applications, Family Sharing accounts that allow you to share purchases between different Apple IDs at no extra cost, and more.

iOS 8 over-the-air updates are rolling out now

Our tests indicate that the update didn't have adverse effects on battery life, and, for almost all current iOS users, it's a no-brainer. However, if you're using older devices with an Apple A5 chip—the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, non-Retina iPad Mini, and the iPod Touch—you may want to read our posts about those specific devices to decide whether the added features outweigh performance problems we ran into. You'll still probably want to update, but we wouldn't blame you if you wanted to wait for some performance-enhancing updates from Apple.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Apple, iOS, OSes

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