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Apple issues an update to the software that powers its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices once a year, and this year’s update is finally upon us in the form of iOS 8.

You should routinely update your software and devices for security reasons above all else, but if you’re putting off the iOS 8 upgrade, here are a few compelling reasons to download it immediately.

Track Your Health

HealthKit is the name of the API used by developers to collect and manage information about an iPhone user’s movement. The technology uses the iPhone’s accelerometer, barometer, GPS, Wi-Fi, and (for iPhone 5 and 6 users) connects to the recently announced Apple Watch Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Finally, the rumours are confirmed: two new larger iPhones and a smart timepiece known simply as the Apple Watch are on the way. Read More to monitor the user’s heart rate. While the Apple Watch is far from required, you’ll find HealthKit is just more useful when supplied with this data.

To access the data, the OS upgrade comes with a new app called Health. Here you can visualize all manner of data and build up a healthcare profile which includes any existing medical conditions, medicines, or allergies. At present, more than 20 health care providers plan to support integration with HealthKit, providing medical professionals with unsurpassed patient data and the possibility of alerts for certain criteria.

HealthKit has been carefully protected by Apple, with stringent privacy policies in place to safeguard the personal data it collects. With iOS 8, your iPhone is your own personal health care monitor iOS 8 Turns Your iPhone Into A Personal Healthcare Monitor iOS 8 Turns Your iPhone Into A Personal Healthcare Monitor Apple's new watch will turn your iPhone into a revolutionary device for managing your health and fitness – here's how it works. Read More .

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Send Better Messages

In iOS 8 you can send more than text, photos, and short videos. The new Messages app has support for short, self-destructing voice and video messages. Simply touch and hold the record button with your thumb and record a message, let go and swipe to send it. If someone sends you a voice message, simply lift your iPhone to your ear to hear it.

These messages will all be automatically deleted in time unless you choose to keep them, using the Keep button or by setting Audio Messages Expire to Never under Settings > Messages. It’s also easier than ever to share your location — hit Details then Send My Current Location and Messages will get a GPS fix and inform whoever you’re talking to. If you choose Share My Location instead, you can choose to share for one hour, one day or forever.

Also of note is the improved way iOS 8 handles group messages. At long last it’s possible to remove contacts (including yourself), mute a conversation using the new Do Not Disturb setting and even give your conversations a name. Message notifications received outside of the Messages app also allow you to reply using a drop-down box, rather than having to launch the app itself.

Make Calls Over Wi-Fi

Whether you’re in a rural area, shopping centre, or an environment that simulates the Faraday cage effect, having no cellular reception means you cannot make a call. This was even the case if you were connected to an active Internet connection over Wi-Fi, a frustrating and surmountable predicament. Say hello to Wi-Fi calling in iOS 8.

Your use of this technology depends entirely on whether your carrier wants to support it. At launch, only T-Mobile appears to actually support Wi-Fi calling but AT&T recently announced that support for the technology is coming in 2015. Toggle the feature under Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling, though it presently only works for T-Mobile customers when “T-Mobile Wi-Fi” is displayed in the carrier field. Calls made over Wi-Fi do not count against your data plan.

Type Better & Faster in New Ways

Apple’s new QuickType keyboard offers up real-time predictive suggestions while typing. By monitoring your keyboard habits (but not storing this data) QuickType learns which words you’re likely to say next. The feature even accounts for style — using a casual tone in text messages to friends and a more business-like tone with your boss. The feature can even provide predicted answers to questions you are asked by contacts.

If QuickType isn’t for you, then iOS 8 comes with user-replaceable keyboards, which you can download from the App Store. Of note is SwiftKey, the keyboard replacement app previously only available on Android that was praised for its customizability and the ability to slide your finger SwiftKey Keyboard v5 For Android Goes Free, Launches Store For In-App Purchases SwiftKey Keyboard v5 For Android Goes Free, Launches Store For In-App Purchases SwiftKey Keyboard, one of the best Android apps, has some good news for fans today. With the launch of version 5 of the predictive text keyboard, the app has gone free! Read More over keys to type. You can sign up on SwiftKey’s website to be notified when the iOS app is available.

Share iTunes Purchases & More With Family

After upgrading your family’s devices to iOS 8, you can add up to six people as family members, which means six separate Apple IDs linked under one credit card. If you’re a parent, you can review requests to purchase apps directly on your own device, as well as view your entire library of purchased apps, music, movies, TV, and books.

Family Sharing has also tied together a few of Apple’s older technologies under a familial theme. A new shared family photo album is created on each device you add and a Family calendar helps everyone stay organised. Family Sharing also integrates with Find My Friends and Find My iPhone, allowing you to track family members and lost iDevices should you need to.

iOS 8 Apps Will Be Better

This might seem like an obvious one, but without iOS 8, you won’t be able to install iOS 8 apps. This is a big deal because Apple is changing the way apps are able to communicate in iOS 8, so you’re likely missing out by continuing to use iOS 7 or earlier. And developers have already had three months to play with Cupertino’s big toys, so you can bet some of the larger services will have new ways of interacting with their wares before long.

As an example, custom actions allow developers to tailor their software to a specific task from iOS system menus — like translating text, applying predefined edits to a photo or saving a selection to a PDF. The ability to share directly to apps is also new, so look out for the ability to open images directly in apps like Instagram or send documents to cloud storage services like Google Drive.

Notification Centre Widgets

While Android users have had widgets for years, these have traditionally lived on users’ home screens. That was never likely to happen on iOS, and so Apple has instead settled on the more predictable Notification Centre as a location for third party widgets. In iOS 8, these widgets are extensions of third-party apps which can display information about the weather, your data plan, or the latest football scores.

The Camera is Better

Yes, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Should You Buy The Bigger iPhone 6 Plus? Should You Buy The Bigger iPhone 6 Plus? The term "phablet" very much applies to Apple's recently announced iPhone 6 Plus, but there's more to it than just a bigger screen. Read More both offer compelling reasons keen smartphone photographers might want to upgrade, but iOS 8 itself includes enhancements that will improve the results you get from your current hardware. The ability to control focus and exposure separately has been long coming; simply tap an area to focus then slide a finger up and down the focus box to adjust exposure.

There is a new mode for taking time-lapse video which shoots multiple still images at a set interval, and while offering little control, it does make the whole process super simple: hit record and let your device deal with the rest.

A self timer has been added to the standard camera mode, for better group shots and more dramatic selfies. Finally, the iPad gets Panorama mode, and there’s improved support for burst mode on older devices — previously only found on the iPhone 5S in iOS 7.

The Photos App is Better

Apple is touting its redesigned Photos app as one of the best iOS 8 features, and if you’re a photographer there are a few reasons to smile. iCloud Photo Library replaces Photo Stream, which maintains organisational structure across your devices whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, Mac or other PC via the web. Smaller devices get a break with cloud storage taking over, and smart caching and offline storage of images makes the most of your available space.

There are also improvements to the way photos are organised. Add a photo to your favourites and it will appear in the favourites album, which is synced across your devices. A new search and smarter filters make it easy to find things among the huge volume you’re sure to amass. Far more advanced editing tools make an appearance, complete with support for third-party filters from app developers.

Naturally storing all of your pictures in the cloud (or iCloud to be specific) is going to cost you. Apple lowered their iCloud pricing in June but still won’t offer any more than the measly 5 gigabytes we’re used to for free. You can get 20 gigabytes for $12 per year or 200 gigabytes for $48 per year. More storage will become available for those of you who need it, especially when the new Photos app for Mavericks launches.

Spotlight & Siri Do More

Last of all come two features (that people don’t often use until they realise quite how useful they can be 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Realize Siri Could Do 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Realize Siri Could Do Siri has become one of the iPhone’s defining features, but for many people, it’s not always the most useful. While some of this is due to the limitations of voice recognition, the oddity of using... Read More ) that have just gotten a little more useful. Spotlight has received a flurry of new sources to search including the App Store (at last!), Wikipedia, news events, nearby locations, and movie times.

If your iPhone is plugged in, a “Hey Siri” will tell it to listen up for a command — just like Android’s “OK Google” feature OK, Google: 20+ Useful Things You Can Say to Your Android Phone OK, Google: 20+ Useful Things You Can Say to Your Android Phone Slowly, without us noticing, the future has arrived. Read More . When you speak, Siri will update you with what it thought you said in realtime. And if you don’t know what music is playing around you, just Siri it — it’s connected to Shazam.

How To Get It

iOS 8 is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus
  • iPad 2, 3, 4, Air, mini, mini with Retina
  • iPod Touch 5

To download, visit Settings > General > Software Update on your device while connected to a Wi-Fi network to download, verify, and install the update. You should create a backup of your iOS device Everything You Need to Know About Backing Up & Restoring Your iPhone from iTunes Everything You Need to Know About Backing Up & Restoring Your iPhone from iTunes Most iPhone users take for granted that the contents of their iPhone is backed up wirelessly to their iCloud account, but it is still useful to know how to restore your iPhone from iTunes. Read More before installing any major updates, just in case something goes wrong. You can also connect your device to a Mac or computer with the latest version of iTunes and click the Update button on your device’s Summary tab.

Note: It is advised you refuse upgrading to iCloud Drive until OS X 10.10 Yosemite is released if you rely on shared iCloud data between OS X and iOS. If the update doesn’t show up straight away, wait a while — lots of people will be downloading over the next few days.

Still To Come

As mentioned, iCloud Drive and the other Continuity features are yet to be seen. At present, we’re still waiting for Apple to announce an OS X Yosemite release date What's New In OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"? What's New In OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"? OS X is evolving both in terms of looks and features, and just like last year's Mavericks update, Yosemite will be another free download. Read More  — the free upgrade ties in with many iOS 8 features, and there’s even an OS X equivalent to the new Photos app arriving in the new year.

Have you upgraded to iOS 8? What do you like about it? What don’t you like?

  1. Dina
    May 12, 2015 at 3:55 am

    iOS 8 is okay, but I have to ask why it must be inconsistent between functions on the iPhone and the iPad. In mail for example, the left-swipe on the iPad version deletes the email; same swipe on the iPhone will send the email to archive. There is no option to select the same function on both devices. Trying to reach Apple about this is futile, of course, they have a car to create and a Watch to ship; consistent functions between devices ought to be Apple's hallmark!

  2. Liza Brown
    October 16, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Though there are some downsides in iOS8, there are still many good points like all features posted here: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/25-hidden-ios-8-tips-tricks-that-youll-regret-not-knowing-now.html

  3. jim
    October 2, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Apple is screwing us iPhone 5 users and not enabling wifi calling on the original iPhone 5.

    • Tim Brookes
      October 8, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Yeah it seems they made a conscious decision to turn it off, despite allowing it on the iPhone 5c (same hardware). According to forum posts it worked fine with T-Mobile during the iOS 8 beta phase, then mysteriously disappeared from the final release.

      I'm not sure I'd quite count this as "screwing us" as it's a carrier-dependent feature that most of the world can't use yet anyway, but it is disappointing.

  4. Joshua L
    October 1, 2014 at 1:18 am

    AWESOME! But there are still many glitches!

  5. B.L. Ochman
    September 23, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Thanks Tim - i will follow the Twitter app instructions again - did it before - now that the update has had a few days to settle in.

    As for the photos: not an improvement.

  6. Ken
    September 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Made the mistake of "upgrading" to IOS 8. I was totally satisfied with IOS 7. Now everything is significantly slower on my IPAD 2 and my IPAD Mini. Very disappointing.

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 4:04 am

      Hi Ken,

      All is not lost, I'm sure performance has taken a bit of a hit but you've got an extra year of updates and app support guaranteed, plus you're not using outdated software prone to security holes.

      It's also worth mentioning that iOS 7's updates improved performance on older devices incrementally, so you might find performance gets better over time (we all probably will).

      Tim

  7. MaryC
    September 20, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Why oh why won't Apple have better App sorting? I have over 400 apps and current folder system not much chop but better than nothing. Search great if one can remember the name of the app.. I would just like more choices!

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 3:57 am

      Hi Mary,

      You hit the nail on the head – searching. I don't find apps any more using any other method, something I picked up from becoming utterly dependent on Spotlight on my Mac.

      One thing you might not have realised is that you can arrange apps on iTunes, then sync your device to have the changes show up. It's a lot easier (and faster) to organise several screens of apps with a mouse than it is your fingers.

      Also do you have a 128GB iPad or something? I think I'd regard 400 apps a a lot ;)

  8. Ben S
    September 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I had a good time checking out the new keyboards. I can only imagine how many new ones we'll see in the coming months.

  9. Christine
    September 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    The Photo app crashes each time I try to open it on my iPhone. iPhoto crashes so I am unable to migrate photos from there to the app.

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 3:54 am

      Hi Christine,

      That doesn't sound good, in fact it sounds like a problem I once encountered myself. If you made a backup before updating to iOS 8, you can try and restore that backup to the phone in iTunes.

      You could also try making a backup of the phone in its current state, reinstalling iOS (Restore option in iTunes) then copying your data back in the form of the backup. Of course, this might not solve the problem.

      This article covers the basics of backing up and restoring: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/everything-you-need-to-know-about-backing-up-restoring-your-iphone-from-itunes/

      Let us know whether you could resolve it!
      Tim

  10. Sam Milnes
    September 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I have an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4S, and will not be upgrading to iOS 8 until much more is known about its compatibility with these platforms.
    3 warnings should be given for upgrading to iOS 8, for iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
    a. The upgrade temporarily requires a large amount of free memory to complete - possibly as much as 5Gb. A fairly full 4S or iPad 2 may need to be slimmed down before upgrade will proceed, requiring reload of apps, music etc, afterwards.
    b. The iOS 8 core memory is larger than iOS 7, and will leave less free space for music, apps, etc.
    c. Performance of some of the iOS 8 features, and apps written for it, will rely on the capacity of the faster processors of the iPhone 5 or 6, and the larger display screens of the new 6 series. How well these perform on the 4S is not well publicised, and may be disappointing.

    My advice, for what it's worth, is to hang back until more is known about these issues. That's what I will be doing.

    Sam, West Sussex, UK

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 3:32 am

      Hi Sam,

      While I appreciate that updating may cause some performance issues for older devices (iPhone 4S, iPad 2), I would still urge others to update at their earliest convenience if their devices support it. iOS 8 apps will require iOS 8, and users still using iOS 7 will only be able to use the "last good" versions of iOS 7 apps. These may be found to have security holes, bugs and will certainly not be updated for new features and may stop working altogether. Interestingly you can't "buy" into these old versions, if you don't have the app in your past purchases, you simply can't download it.

      While your point stands about many of the newer apps depending on newer devices, there is a core line-up of apps that many people consider must-have and use every day, which have very low demands. Things like Evernote, Dropbox, Clear, Airbnb, Gmail, Urbanspoon and so on. The social apps like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the shopping apps like Amazon, eBay and Etsy...

      There are also clear security reasons to update. While nothing terrible has been discovered to be wrong with iOS 7.1.2 (yet), iOS 8 does address security issues. It prevents someone from being able to jailbreak your phone, for example. At MakeUseOf, we always recommend users upgrade when it comes to major releases like this – especially ones that have gone through rigorous beta testing phases.

      So while your point stands about reduced performance, I think it's a case of "swings and roundabouts" with regards to providing extended support for older products versus turning off their life support.

      Tim

  11. wiesiek
    September 20, 2014 at 7:36 am

    What pisses me of about iOS 8 is the fact that all of the useful feature don’t work in my country Poland STILL no Polish Siri support

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 3:11 am

      This is a shame, and I responded similarly to a Swede above who felt that 4/5 years was way too long to wait for Siri support.

      It's not excusable, but I guess from Apple's point of view they just don't see adding localised support for Siri as being a big selling point. The costs for developing the technology would probably outweigh the returns, but then again that doesn't mean it will never happen (especially with Apple's profit margins).

      Of course, it could be argued that this speaks for a much broader point – that Siri isn't going to sell more iPhones in those territories, or any territories for that matter. I use Siri for a few things, but I speak to other people who forget the service exists.

      Then again I'm completely spoiled when it comes to voice recognition and the English language, so I'm not exactly able to relate (though I do speak Welsh).

  12. Angel
    September 20, 2014 at 5:55 am

    What a big piece of shit!!!!!

  13. Gaby
    September 20, 2014 at 12:53 am

    The speakers won't work in my ipad mini

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 3:05 am

      That doesn't sound right Gaby, I suggest you give Apple a call!

  14. Delano
    September 20, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I installed on iPad air & HATE IT. Ipad is slower, keyboard shortcuts don't work, Safari sucks, apps don't work right, photo albums are messed up & wish I could go back! I HIGHLY recommend NOT updating to iOS 8

    • Sam Milnes
      September 20, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Did you make a backup before upgrading? If so, you should be able to revert to your previous configuration. If you didn't create a backup, perhaps you'll have learned how useful such a simple step can be!

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 3:04 am

      I have a 64GB iPad Air and I've noticed nothing you mention. My girlfriend has an iPad Mini w/ Retina and that too flies, just like it did on iOS 7.

      Performance is fine, battery is great, Safari is much better with a scrolling tab bar and more search options, faster page rendering...

      I've heard that a full restore can fix some problems caused after iOS updates, indeed it worked for my old iPhone 4 in the days of iOS 6, so maybe try that? Your iPad Air shouldn't be slow, it's a flagship device.

  15. Ad van Hest
    September 20, 2014 at 12:07 am

    For now, everything seems so much slower with iOs 8 on my ipad 2

    • Rg
      September 20, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Having the same issue.

    • Sam Milnes
      September 20, 2014 at 8:28 am

      See my comment below, about iPad 2 compatibility with iOS 8. If you created a backup before upgrading, you should be able to restore the previous configuration, with iOS 7.

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 3:00 am

      Before downgrading consider your app usage – i.e. if you use apps on a regular basis from third party developers, you won't be able to use new iOS 8 versions of said apps (just the "last good" iOS 7 version if you bought it).

      The iPad 2, like the iPhone 4S, is a three year old device. While the software update may have put additional burden on the tablet in terms of responsiveness, it's also been done to provide an extra year of compatibility (full app support). It also addresses security issues and is recommended from that standpoint too.

      So, while your device may run slower, you'd have more of a "brick" on your hands in the sense that your tablet would no longer be supported had it not received the iOS 8 update.

      Food for thought! How's the battery on that old iPad, by the way?

  16. B.L. Ochman
    September 19, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I don't like that Camera Roll is gone, and I don't need all the photos I've taken since 2000 to be on my phone!

    Also, despite turning off nitifications, I keep getting a Twitter stream on my phone. It took a while to figure out how to turn off the sound, and now I wish I could set it to just show me Tweets taht mention me or are direct, as it did before.

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 2:52 am

      Hi,

      I think this setting is changed directly from within the Twitter app. Your iPhone basically knows the difference between yes and no for a service like Notifications, whereas Twitter itself is the one that decides what you see.

      Fix it – open Twitter, head to your profile tab, tap the "cog" (Settings icon), choose "Settings" then "Notifications timeline" and turn "Mentions only" on. You can also turn on notifications for individual accounts on each person's profile.

      As for Camera Roll – it's gone, but the functionality is the same. Apple is trying to blur the line between photos on a device and photos in the cloud, and so technically won't be storing all of your photos on your device. The way Apple has designed it to eventually work (with the new OS X Photos app) puts all your photos in iCloud, with devices able to download them as they need them. Low quality thumbnails and cached mobile-friendly versions save on space, so your "Camera Roll" can't swell to ridiculous sizes any more.

      Essentially Apple wants you to never have to delete photos off your device, instead opting to store them for you and "soft-delete" them as your device requires. For this to work you'll need adequate iCloud space, of course, which will cost you (but at least it's now cheaper).

      Tim

  17. Marianne Jelley
    September 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I did my backup to my Mac through iTunes, and installed new IOS 8 with no issues what so ever. The changes made are LONG overdue. I can use iTunes on my iPhone 5, the new notifications and its widgets are cool, the app developers have or are upgrading every app so they look and run better than previously. I synch to DropBox, OneDrive, Box and now iCloud with no problems. I am addicted to my phone as it carries my life within and wouldn't go without the new IOS. PS, jailbroken phones apparently don't get to update. Another good reason I didn't do it.

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 2:45 am

      Hi Marianne,

      You're right about jailbreaking – it's a bit of a cat and mouse game. It might be a while before someone discovers the bug they need in order to jailbreak iOS 8, so there's no telling how long it will be until it can be used. Readers who are running jailbroken iOS 7 should restore their devices properly as per this article if they want to run iOS 8: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/update-restore-jailbroken-iphone-ipad-stock-right-way/

      As for your other comments, I too have noticed mostly good things (aside from the odd crash in the Messages app). No noticeable performance drop on my iPhone 5 either.

  18. Bud
    September 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Seems that "Rotten" Apple is now mimicking Microsucks, with newer devices (MS with OS's) more and more frequently and gouging consumers with outrageous prices ! Article posted about a new Android phone by Google is a helluva lot more reasonable !!!

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Apple has traditionally always charged more for their products than Microsoft, hence the whole "Apple tax" thing. Of course it disappeared pretty quickly once people realised the MacBook Air was a good laptop at a sensible price point.

      If you're referring to the fact that the new software takes a performance hit on older hardware, then yes – that's how just about every update has worked. The iPhone 4S is now a three-year old device, itself a revision of a four-year old device. It's amazing to think that it's still being supported at all, and the update will in fact guarantee at least another year of app support (people running iOS 7 can't use new iOS 8 versions of apps).

  19. Sandeep R
    September 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Downgraded back to iOS 7.x Primary reason - No toggle for 2G/3G. I travel a lot & in many places 3G connectivity is inconsistent, leave aside availability of 4G. So, my 3G enabled SIM will constantly burn the battery while trying to establish a better connection. Not acceptable. Spoke with some tech. staff of Service Provider & they revealed it's not very difficult for Apple to enable those toggles. Can't understand why Apple chose to do this. Vodafone India doesn't even offer 4G mobile data in my country & like other providers has limited 3G availability of good quality. So, basically everybody prefers to toggle between 2G/3G.
    How difficult would that be for Apple to understand Or am i missing something ?

    • AW
      September 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      What your missing is the fact that Apple just wants your money. They will continue to do things kinds of things for the all the other phones now have the knowledge and are bringing out things their customers want just as fast as possible.
      Don't get me wrong for Apple will never loose its real base of persons for they believe that Apple cannot be attacked by HACKERS. I guest that is why with every one of their updates they state in small letters "also for bugs". "Bugs" means malware and viruses!!!

    • sam
      April 24, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      hi how can i downgrade back to ios 7

  20. Mats Svensson
    September 19, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Also great, if you don't want to be able to upload images or other files to websites anymore.

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 1:32 am

      Doesn't Safari have full access to the Photo Library though?

      i.e. from the upload file dialogue, can't you hit "Moments" and choose from whenever?

  21. Sally
    September 19, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I been told I won't be able to plug my phone into computer and use I tunes on there is this true I would like to know before I update thank you

    • Cylinder
      September 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      you can.

      However, Camera Roll is gone.

    • CylinderHead
      September 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Not true Sally.

      You can plug into PC, and yes, iTunes works.

  22. vincent
    September 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

    ios 8.0 works well with my ipad 4..

  23. Nikolaj Knudsen
    September 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

    It's a terrible update. DO NOT DO IT!!!

    • concerned citizen
      September 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Please provide reasons/facts for why it is a terrible update.

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 1:31 am

      I dispute this and would recommend people still update at their earliest convenience.

  24. Mara Gomez
    September 18, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    DO NOT DO IT WITH iPhone 4s! slooooow Huge mistake. Now I must buy a new phone!

    • Amir M
      September 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      @Mara, can you please tell us if there is any improvements to the camera since you installed IOS 8?

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 1:28 am

      Amir – the camera is "better" in the sense that it now has separate exposure and focus controls. The quality of your shots shouldn't differ, that depends on the sensor.

    • Friendlypest
      September 22, 2014 at 3:55 am

      Mara, I have the Iphone 4 and downloaded it and it works great. The only thing I do not like is my battery dies a lot faster.

  25. coco2001
    September 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    so long for HealthKit apps: http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/18/ios-8-healthkit-bug/
    I guess, that's 9 reasons now.

  26. MrX
    September 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    What pisses me of about iOS 8 is the fact that all of the useful feature don't work in my country, Sweden. For example, we don't get the spotlight updates, no quick type keyboard and STILL no swedish Siri support. Its been how many years since Siri was released, 4, 5? Come on already!

    • Adrien
      September 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Glorious US master race!

      (/sarcasm)

    • Tim B
      September 22, 2014 at 1:25 am

      That's a real shame but not altogether surprising, it's often the case when it comes to smaller markets. The fact that there are only around 10 million people in Sweden means Apple doesn't see much profitability in putting their work into the language. It's the same for many other countries, even those with much larger populations. It's far from excusable, but there's a clear reason why.

      I live in Australia. Not even Amazon has bothered launching here and we only enjoy major releases with regards to tech because we're an English speaking territory. There are more people in many US states than the whole of Australia!

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