10 things to know about today’s iOS 8 update

By Ari Walker

Staff Writer

Today, Apple released a new version of iOS 8. Here is what you need to know:

What is iOS 8?

iOS 8 is the newest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

What’s new in iOS 8?

iOS 8 doesn’t provide many changes to the way Apple pre-installed apps work, the bigger feature from iOS 8 is the introduction of extensions to iOS 8. There are little changes to Messages, and the Camera app with other changes coming to the Photos app latter this year. Apple also is adding a new Health app that will help you track your health and fitness data from data collected by the iPhone, collected by third party hardware (like a fitbit or Jawbone Up), or entered manually by you. The other big change to iOS is the introduction of iCloud Drive. Apple’s website has more info, if you want to delve into the specifics.

What are extensions in iOS 8?

Extensions allow apps you download from the app store to talk to each other in ways they couldn’t before. One of the examples Apple gives, is using the Bing app to translate a page in Apple’s Safari. Extensions will also allow you to download different keyboards to use instead of the one Apple provides.

What is iCloud?

iCloud is Apple’s cloud syncing service. It allows you to access the your files on all of your Apple Devices and on the web through iCloud.com.

What is the difference between iCloud & iCloud Drive?

The way iCloud has worked up to this point, is that each app that uses iCloud has it’s own little section in your iCloud account. iCloud Drive combines all of your files into one place, like the way Google Drive and Dropbox work. When you install iOS 8, you will be asked to enable iCloud Drive separately.

Why shouldn’t I update to iCloud Drive.

If you have a Mac, or a device that will not be able to run iOS 8, turning on iCloud Drive will break iCloud syncing to those devices. If you need help, check out this handy flowchart by Realmac Software.

Will my device work with iOS 8?

iOS 8 works with iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, & 5s, iPad 2, 3, 4, Air, Mini, and Mini with Retina, and the 5th generation iPod Touch.

Should you update to iOS 8?

If you are running a device that is capable of running iOS 8, there is not really any reason not to update?

Should I update today?

The release version of iOS 8 shouldn’t have any major problems, but today all the early adopters of the world will be trying to download the new OS. So unless you need one of the new features in iOS 8, it might be best to wait a day or two.

How do I update to iOS 8?

Apple has a web page (with pictures!) that explains how to update your iOS device.

Anything else?

Don’t update to iCloud Drive unless you need to.

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