Apple unveiled its next iteration of iOS earlier this year at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2014. The new software has been in a beta program since then in which it was seeded out only to registered developers. At its iPhone event on September 9th Apple finally confirmed the public release date of iOS 8. Those who have been waiting for the software to drop should hurry up and find a good Wi-Fi connection as iOS 8 has finally be released for all supported devices.
iOS 8 is now available for download over-the-air for all supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. Those who don’t receive the update notification automatically should fire up the settings app on their device and head to the “General” tab followed by “Software Update.”
The update itself weighs in at over 1GB. Once it is downloaded the software requires at least 5.7GB worth of free space on the device for the installation to go through, so make sure that you have ample space on the hard drive before you start the process.
Apart from subtle user interface changes iOS 8 brings much better notifications, improved keyboard and Spotlight search, updated native applications as well as the ability to install third party keyboards on the device.
Do keep in mind though that there are millions of iOS devices owners around the world who are trying to update their devices at this very moment, so if download speeds seem a bit slow, that would probably be due to Apple’s servers being hammered.
Wireless charging or inductive charging is a technology that hasn’t made it into a whole lot of consumer electronic devices up till now. There are certain manufacturers who are pushing out smartphones that are compatible with wireless charging but it will take a considerable amount of time before every other consumer electronic device supports it. If an evidence found in Chromium code is to be believed, Chromebooks might get the wireless charging ability at some point in the future.