iOS 8: Frequently asked questions
On September 17, 2014, Apple released iOS 8. We'd like to offer you a brief overview of iOS 8 and try to answer some questions you may have at this time.
What is iOS 8?
iOS 8 is the newest version of the mobile operating system for Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. iOS 8 contains a number of new features that will make your device easier to use.
How much does it cost?
Nothing—iOS 8 is free to download, like all previous versions of iOS.
How do I get iOS 8?
If you buy a new iOS device, iOS 8 will come pre-installed. You won't need to do anything to install it.
If you have an existing iOS device, you can download and install iOS 8. Just go to Settings, select General, and then tap Software Update.
What's new in iOS 8?
Each version of iOS usually introduces a lot of new features, and iOS 8 is no exception. Below are some of the most important changes and features in iOS 8:
- Handoff: If you have a Mac, this feature allows you to seamlessly move between using your iPhone and your computer. For example, you could start writing an email on your phone, and then finish it later on your computer. Note that Handoff will also require the latest version of OS X for Mac, OS X Yosemite, which is expected to be released later this fall.
- Quick Type and Third-Party Keyboards: Typing a lot of text on a mobile device can be tedious. The new Quick Type feature will guess what you're most likely to write next when you're sending a message or email and allow you to choose from a few different options. You'll also to be able to use new custom keyboards from third-party developers.
What devices can use iOS 8?
iOS 8 will be available for the following devices:
- iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus)
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 5C
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4S
- iPad Air
- iPad with Retina display (3rd and 4th generation)
- iPad Mini
- iPad 2
- iPod Touch (5th generation)
iOS 8 is not available for the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, the original iPad (released in 2010), or previous generations of the iPod Touch. If you use one of these devices, you'll still be able to use your existing version of iOS. Keep in mind, however, that your device may suffer performance issues if you download apps from the App Store designed for iOS 8.
Am I required to upgrade to iOS 8?
While it's not necessarily required, we recommend that you upgrade your device to iOS 8 if possible. This will help keep your phone up-to-date and working with newer apps.
If I don't upgrade, will I still be able to download newer apps?
Yes, but some apps may not always work correctly. If you don't upgrade to iOS 8, you may want to research how well an app will work on your device before downloading or updating it.
Even if an app has always worked perfectly on your device, there is a chance that the newer versions may only run smoothly on iOS 8. You may want to avoid updating your favorite apps unless you are sure they will work with your device's operating system. Once you update an app, you won't be able to go back to an older version.
Will my apps still be there after I upgrade?
Yes. Any app you previously had installed on your phone will still be there once you upgrade to iOS 8. Some built-in Apple apps, like Messages and Calendar, will be updated automatically when you upgrade.
Will my apps still work after I upgrade?
Almost all apps installed on iOS 7 should work correctly in iOS 8. If not, the app developer will likely release an update to address the issue.