iOS 8 update – Coming up fast

iPhone users, we know what most of you are doing now: waiting for the iOS 8 update, isn’t it right?

First of all, let us tell you that, if you do not possess one of the following devices, you are waiting for nothing. iOS 8 will not happen for you. So the new operating system is available just on:

  • iPhone 4S or newer
  • iPad 2 or newer
  • iPad Mini
  • iPod 5th generation

Now, remember the global hysteria with iOS 7 and iPhone 4? If not, we’ll remind you that a lot of iPhone 4 users clicked happily on the “update” button when iOS 7 rolled out. The outcome? Well, let’s just say the device didn’t do a great job supporting the new system and everyone started asking for downgrade solutions. Well, unfortunately, there weren’t any.

Now, for iPhone 4s user, as much as you desire the new operating system, it would be better if you just wait for a few days and see what other people have to say. We’d hate it if you turn out disappointed, like it happened last year for so many.

Let’s get back to the update. iOS 8 started reaching devices all over the world on September 17th, 2014, around 10 AM. According to information presented by Mixpanel (which tracks mobile app usage), in less than 24 hours later, it was present on more than 16% of the targeted devices. Pretty impressive, we must say. Before the launch, the number was just 0.53% made of pre-release versions.

As impressive as this may be, the previous OS did even better, reaching 15% by the first day’s end and 38% the day after. We are looking forward to new data.

While many of you are waiting, let’s take a look at the key features:

  • refined UI in multi-tasking
  • new photo app
  • new camera features (instant burst, time-lapse, panorama for iPad)
  • family share
  • battery usage per app stats
  • wifi calling
  • improved App Store
  • improved Safari (private browsing per tab, for example)
  • rich text notes

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