iOS 8 is here!

iOS8 is here!

iOS8 is here!  We think this is the greatest upgrade yet released by Apple for iOS.  There have been numerous updates for the Apps that we all love so much.  Our goal is to not only brief you on some of these upgrades but show you a few tips and tricks to get the most out of your iOS8 upgrade.

Let’s begin with the install of iOS8.  To install iOS8, you must edit the “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad and then click on “General.”  Now look for “Software Update” and tap it.  You will see iOS 8.0 listed with the size, which for many is 1.1 GB.  This is a very large upgrade and most of you will most likely need to free up some space.  In order to actually install the upgrade, your iPhone or iPad will need about 5.5 GB of free space available.  Don’t worry though; once you free up space on your iPhone or iPad, you can reload all of your pictures, music, and apps again.

To clean up space without removing some of these items, you can try and delete some of the temp files by tapping on “Usage” and then tapping on the Apps that you don’t need.  This won’t delete the app but it will delete the temp files and thus free up a great deal of space.

Once you have the required space available, you will now see the “Download and Install” button, which you now can tap on to perform the upgrade.  Select “Agree” and it will proceed to download and install the upgrade.  It will take about 1 hour to complete so we recommend plugging your iPhone or iPad in to the charger and staying connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Updates in iOS 8.0

  • Photos and Videos will now display the time and date you took the photo/video.

  • iMessage now allows you to add videos and photos directly without having to leave iMessage.

  • iMessage also allows you to record and send audio clips.

  • “Notes” now supports rich text and inserting images making it an even greater note-taking app.

  • You can set notification alerts for messages in Mail.  This will allow you to set a notification to alert you when someone replies to your email, which is a great feature if you are waiting for someone’s reply, but are too busy to sit and watch your mail for the message to arrive.

  • You can now share your location with friends and family when using iMessage.  You can share your location for 1 hour or 24 hours letting the track your location via GPS.

  • QuickType Keyboard has been upgraded to show you how to spell words and it allows you to hide it if it becomes annoying to you.

  • Safari allows you to selectively clear your search history.  Instead of the “all or nothing” approach as we were used to, you can delete individual searches one at a time.

Tips and Tricks:

  • A new Lock-Screen shortcut exists on iOS 8.0 that allows you to swipe up on the screen revealing any relevant apps you can use based on where you are.  It uses location services to determine what apps you can use so make sure you have location services enabled if this is not working.

  • Within iMessage, hold down on the Camera button and it will display a radial menu which allows you to take a photo or record a video directly in to your message.  Be careful though because as soon as you take it, it is automatically sent.

  • One of our most favorite new features is the ability to scan your credit card via the camera and it will automatically fill out the credit card number and name fields for you.

  • The notification center has made huge improvements including the ability to remove a single notification rather than all of the notifications at once.  You can also reply to a message by swiping left.  Other Apps such as Mail will display other interactions that you can perform making it easier to keep track of your notifications without ever having to unlock your iPhone or iPad.

  • You can now pull down the notification bar and reply to a message without leaving the app that you are currently using.

  • Swiping left on a message now lets you delete the message, which wasn’t there with iOS 7.

  • When you get an email from someone not in your Contacts, you will be prompted to add this person to your Contacts.

All in all there are literally hundreds of new upgrades, which we won’t bore you with in this blog post, but we encourage you to play around with the new upgrade and fully understand what each new update does.  We think you will find it extremely helpful as you become more familiar with each update.  All of these updates were meant to simplify your life using the iPhone or iPad.

Most of all enjoy and never hesitate to call if you have any questions!

Don’t forget about our managed mobile device service.  No need to worry if you lose your iPhone or it gets stolen.  We can help you track it down so you can get back to living life to the fullest!

Nathan Fleetwood, CEO and Owner

Fleetwood Computers