Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8 and Twitter exploded in what could only be a first world problem with a multitude of complaints. As of this writing, #iOS8 is still trending, which begs the question, should you or shouldn’t you? If you want to join the modern age of Android users where you can use Swype keyboard, act on notifications *within* the notifications window, instantly edit/share pics “in seconds”, send messages by voice, project your device screen on TV, use a camera timer – then you need to upgrade. To be fair, iOS 8 offers other nifty features which I will outline below.
But first, you need 5 GB of available storage
This is probably the loudest complaint. You will not be able to download iOS 8 unless you have 5 GB sitting free on your device. You can start deleting those baby videos and awesome selfies, which I found to be the fastest path to free storage or you can go the roundabout way and download the update through your computer. By the way, this doesn’t mean that the upgrade will take up all the space, the iOS itself is ~900 MB (on the iPad) but it needs that much free space in order to download.
iOS 8 is compatible with the following devices
Most exciting features so far
Other than the ones I mentioned above, here are some notable features, some of which Android users will be salivating over (features can be had through third-party apps and not built in to Android):
- The new Health app which will probably make your Fitbit redundant
- Searchable photo library by date, location (geo-taggging has to be enabled), album name (I tried the same feature on my Nexus and was also able to search for “sunglasses”, “baby” – a little eerie)
- Revamped iCloud Drive allows for seamless editing between devices
- iOS users already shop more than their Android counterparts (I do shop more in my iPad because there’s a lack of shopping apps for Android) and this feature will drive that even more – scanning your credit card within Safari:
- Time-lapse video mode to capture “the experience of the sun setting” (similar to Instagram’s Hyperlapse)
- Family Sharing allows for up to 6 people to share purchases from iTunes, iBooks and the App store – you can set it up via Settings>iCloud>Set up Family Sharing
- HomeKit programming protocol for developers will allow for third-party devices to connect with your Apple device
The kinks so far and miscellaneous notes
Before you upgrade, consider the following:
- Apple Pay is only available for iPhone 6/Plus because it requires the NFC chip that the older devices don’t have.
- Don’t enable iCloud Drive yet on your newly upgraded iOS 8 because it will only sync with Macs running OS X Yosemite which is not yet available
- If you use Dropbox, Automatic Backup and photo manager Carousel might not properly upload to the cloud so don’t be quick to delete files from your devices just yet
- For some good news, 1Password app from Agile Bits Software is now being offered for free even though earlier reports state that this was Apple’s fault for changing the $10 app to “free”
- You might want to be really familiar with the Photo Stream and Camera Roll before iCloud Photo Library rolls out (supposedly in October) – that is if you want to make sure certain embarrassing photos are really gone instead of residing somewhere in the cloud. For now, read this guide on how to manage photos between your device and the cloud.