Sunday, September 21, 2014
Read These 6 Warnings Before You Update Your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8
If your answer is an instinctive, “Heck, yeah; I’m in!” then read our guide and get going.
If you’re the more cautious type, take heed of these warnings:
Warning 1: It takes a lot of space (temporarily).
While the operating system itself is about a 1-gigabyte download (which is pretty big), your device needs even more breathing room to perform the update. Reports vary, but on an iPad 3, for example, you need at least 5.8 GB of free space. The update will not happen if you have less than that. On an iPad mini with Retina Display, one warning said 6.9 GB.
That may mean you’ll have to delete a lot of music, videos, or apps before you can update. If you have a 16 GB device, the winnowing process might make you cry. Hint: Look at your video files first.
You don’t have to sacrifice all that room for good; it’s just a playground for the installer during the surgery. Once the upgrade is complete, iOS 8 will let you use that space you freed up for your apps and files again.
One moment while I unload some videos.
Warning 2: It’s slow to update (for now).
On iOS 8’s birthday — today — there are millions of people trying to get the update simultaneously. That’s a lot of data coming out of Apple’s servers, and you won’t get the full-speed transfer you might see if you wait until the lines die down. Give the update some time.
That’s not good. Eventually I was forced to give up on this (see next screenshot) and got the file in about 40 minutes through my desktop computer.
If you really can’t wait, you’ll have better luck if you can do the update via iTunes on your Mac or PC, with your device connected to the computer. As of Wednesday, it looks like a 30- to 50-minute download for the update file that way. Downloading the update file over WiFi to your iPhone or iPad generally takes longer. This morning, at the office where I work, the update app was projecting between five and seven hours to download. And then, after two hours, it gave up.