It’s so tempting isn’t it? Like a brand new pair of shoes you just brought home from the store and you’re dying to spend the day in because damn they’re gonna make a statement, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system – iOS 8 – is sitting there in your settings app, just waiting for you.
But just like those new shoes are probably going to give you blisters if you wear ‘em for more than an hour, there are some caveats involved with any software update.
Now don’t get us wrong, there’s a ton to like about iOS 8: Cool new ways to take photos and edit them, a new keyboard that can practically read your mind as you type and (finally!) a way to share your apps, music and movies with your other family members – just to name a few of its more awesome features.
But along with the “wow!” comes the occasional “waaaah,” and these are the most likely culprits:
You didn’t backup your device
Because these days Apple gives you the choice to update your device “over-the-air,” meaning you don’t need to connect it to a computer, there’s a chance that your data isn’t protected, especially if you haven’t enabled iCloud back-up. Here’s how you do that BTW.
Even though stories of people losing data from an upgrade are rare, it’s best to play it safe. The safest way to upgrade to iOS 8 is to connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to a Mac or PC that has iTunes installed. As soon as iTunes recognizes your device (and as long as it’s eligible for the upgrade) it will prompt you download or download and install iOS 8. It will also prompt you to backup your device and transfer all of your purchases. To avoid frustration, follow these directions to the letter.
You favourite app hasn’t quite caught up
We’ve all got apps that we simply can’t live without. For some it’s Facebook, for others it’s Instagram or Snapchat. I suppose some folks can’t spend more than 10 minutes without Tinder, but you know who you are and you should get help. The reality is, some of your favourites might not have released versions that are iOS 8 compatible yet. If you’re unsure, you can find them in the App Store and check the description to see if they’re iOS 8 certified.
If you use your Apple device for work it’s even more important that you do some research. Upgrading to iOS 8 without checking with your IT department could cause you some serious headaches. While major app incompatibility is unlikely, it’s not unheard of. And unless you don’t mind being completely cut-off from your mission-critical apps for a few days while your favourite IT guy or gal curses your name under their breath as they try to resurrect your iPhone, you may want to hold off until they give you the green light.
There’s no more room
You might be horrified to learn that iOS 8 requires a whopping 4.6GB of free space on your device before it can be installed. That’s about a third of the available space on a typical 16GB iPhone or iPad. If you’ve had your device for over a year, I can almost guarantee you don’t have this much free space – it’s been eaten up by all of those selfies and games and songs you keep adding as though extra storage simply grew on trees, amiright?
That’s OK – you’re not alone and Apple has some helpful tips on how to see what kinds of garbage data is taking up that precious space, and how to offload it (safely) so you have enough room.
And don’t worry – you’ll get that 4.6GB back as soon as iOS 8 is happily installed. It’s only renting it from you temporarily.
You’re running an older device
As sad as it is, time in the Apple universe runs faster than anywhere else we know of. How else can you explain that the iPhone 4S, which is only three years old, is now the oldest of the iPhone models that will support iOS 8?
But keep in mind, by “support” we mean that Apple has confirmed that it won’t bring your device to a grinding halt. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it will run as fast or as reliably as it did on an older version of iOS. Reports of older Apple products being noticeably buggier after an upgrade are commonplace. Thankfully Apple usually addresses these problems with an additional update, but why be one of those on the waiting list for a fix when you could simply wait for the dust to settle?