Apple will begin producing larger versions of the iPhone next month, Bloomberg reports, suggesting new models will ship this fall with iOS 8. How should you prepare for your next iPhone and/or iOS 8 upgrade?
Check that your device is compatible with iOS 8, which will work with:
Check the apps installed on your device and delete those you don't use. You may want to lose any apps that are no longer updated as developers who fail to do so are unlikely to improve them for the new iPhones. You should also delete any images or videos you don’t need. Make space.
When you apply a major OS version upgrade you sometimes find some settings are changed to default, so it makes sense to note which of your apps are enabled for privileged things like location services. Quickly review settings to ensure they don't change post-upgrade.
Before upgrading, you must backup your data. Apple offers two ways -- in the cloud using iCloud or on your computer using iTunes. Use both!!
Backup to iCloud:
To also back up to iTunes:
NB: iCloud Backup doesn't back up media you didn't purchase from iTunes. If you have several Gigabytes of photos or videos saved to your device you may not want to back these up to iCloud to save space. You can choose which things to back up to iCloud in Settings>iCloud>Storage & Backup>Manage Storage>Backups>Backup Options. Don't worry -- these items will be in iTunes backup.
Apple will introduce a new version of iTunes just before iOS 8 ships, so you should install this. Developers often introduce iOS 8-compatible versions of apps in the days before the OS upgrade, so watch for your essential apps to be updated and download these new versions to iTunes on your computer.
Every year, Apple introduces new iOS software and millions attempt to download it at once. This causes slow downloads, delays and other problems as the Internet itself buckles under the strain. Ask yourself: Do you need the update on release day, or can you wait 24 hours? Waiting a little often makes for an easier updating experience and gives Apple the chance to fix any last minute problems that emerge. Ideally, updating should take around 30 minutes.
Selling your old device
You'll get a better price if you can figure out how to sell your old device before Apple introduces new models, as this always creates a surge in older devices made available for sale. Before selling the device, follow these steps:
Setting up iPhone 6
Got the new iPhone? With your new iTunes version and recent backups, setup should be a breeze:
I hope this guide helps you prepare for the September upgrade.
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