Finally, after a couple of months of waiting, the iOS 8 is now available for download for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad 2 and over, iPod Touch 5G, on Apple’s Dev Center. Apple just unveiled the well-awaited iOS 8 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference after six different beta versions. The mobile operating system brings multiple new features to supported devices.
As I mentioned above, the latest iOS version brings multiple new features, a lot of improvements and options, as well as some changed visual aspects. Here, I want to show you the most important features you will get once you update your device, but also instructions on how you can manually upgrade it.
iOS 8 GM Features
Until iOS 7, the only way in which a user could interact with an incoming notification was by tapping on the notification itself. The iOS 8 takes things to a different level, by introducing the interactive notifications. Now, simply by swiping left of right to the notification, you will be able to reply to a text message, tweet, etc. There is no need to launch the whole application.
New Mail Gestures
The Mail app in iOS 8 is completely changed, and it provides users with new possibilities. For instance, a simple swipe gesture allows you to trash, flag or see More Details for an email. Now, users will be able to interact with the mail option with less effort.
The iCloud Drive allows users to work across applications, and it is integrated in the iOS 8 in a lot of places. Apparently, it will allow users to access their files from multiple platforms.
iOS 8 grants users access to set up their whole family as one unit, after which the mobile operating system will automatically share photos, calendar events, reminder alerts. In the same time, if will allow users to define children and their devices, and using the Find my iPhone, you can see where your kids are. The best part is that you can even share apps, using a single iTunes account. In addition, children will need permission to buy apps from their parents.
Third-party widgets and Keyboards
The mobile OS brings a feature to the fold, which many users have desperately trying to get for years: widgets. Widgets will be found inside the Notification Center and not on the home screen, which might become annoying for some persons. In the same time, Apple will allow users to install customs keyboards, and they can be used in the whole system.
How to Download iOS 8 GM
Now, after you have seen some of the most important features and changes that the iOS 8 is offering us, if you want to download the mobile OS on your iPhone, iPad or iPod, here is what you need to do.
Step 1: Register to the iOS Dev Center here developer.apple.com/programs/ios/. It is important to mention the fact that you will need to spend some money on the registration.
Step 2: Sign into the iOS dev Center using your Apple ID.
Step 3: Now, you need to find out the UDID of your device and register on the website. For this, plug your device to the iTunes account and click on the serial number.
Step 4: Again on the iOS Dev Center, after you register the UDID, search for the iOS 8 section and download the iOS 8 GM firmware required for your device.
Step 5: Download the ZIP file and extract it.
Step 6: Launch iTunes and connect your device to your computer.
Step 7: On your Mac, hold the Alt key or Shift key on Windows computers, and click on the Restore iPhone. iTunes will now ask you to select the IPSW you extracted earlier. Select it.
Step 8: Now, wait a couple of minutes until iTunes install the iOS 8 on your device. Once the process is done, your device will turn on, and you will be able to enjoy the latest options and features offered by Apple’s latest iOS update.