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Technology: What You Should Do Before Downloading iOS 8 On Apple IPone

Technology: What You Should Do Before Downloading iOS 8 On Apple IPone

 

Apple will launch iOS 8 software for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday, but before you download the upgrade, set some time aside to prevent any glitches that might surface.

The upgrade — which should be available around midday ET on Wednesday, if last year’s arrival is any indication — promises a collection of useful new features, including time-lapse capture for video, a smarter Siri, a dedicated health app, a battery usage indicator, interactive notifications and a better keyboard.

iOS 8 is compatible on devices as far back as the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

As typical of new upgrades, especially long, extensive ones like iOS, there will probably be kinks in the process, so you’ll want to make sure everything is backed up ahead of time.

This will cut down on the panic of realizing the upgrade accidentally wiped your pictures, music and other files.

This will cut down on the panic of realizing the upgrade accidentally wiped your pictures, music and other files.

Back up your data in iCloud or to your computer, manually. With the recent news of iCloud vulnerabilities and the celebrity nude photo hack, you may be worried about storing everything there, but Apple recently strengthened its security. Now, if you log into iCloud on a web browser, you’ll be prompted to enable two-factor authentication — the digital equivalent of double-locking your doors at night — and an option to remotely sign out of all browsers.

If you’re using iOS 5 or a more recent version, Apple backs up the most important data to iCloud automatically, but the feature must be enabled. To set this up, visit Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage. This will back up your iPhone on a daily basis as long as the device’s screen is locked, is connected to a Wi-Fi network and plugged into a power outlet.

 

Source:  Mashable.com

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