As promised, Apple released iOS 8, the latest mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch yesterday.
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On Wednesday, September 17, Apple officially released iOS 8 into the world. As is par for the course, companies that track adoption rates are still all over the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, comparing it to previous years. As it stands, it looks like iOS 8 isn’t being welcomed as quickly as previous generations have been.
Leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 lineup, there had been rumors of Apple working with U2 in some capacity for the big media event. At the tail-end of the September 9 reveal for Apple’s new flagships, the company and the band announced that the latter’s new album would be released for free through the former’s iTunes software. Yet, the surprises may not be finished.
On Friday, September 19, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will go on sale in several different countries, but China will reportedly not be one of them. Apple is now reportedly closer to solving the issue that has prevented their newest flagship from launching in the country, though.
If you had accidentally upgraded your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 8 or don’t like it or are finding performance issues on older iOS devices and want to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2, then the good news is that you can downgrade as Apple seems to be still signing the iOS 7.1.2 firmware file.
If you’ve a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and trying to update it to iOS 8 using OTA update, then you are probably seeing the “Checking for Update” screen as you can see above.
The issue is expected behaviour with jailbroken devices, as most modern jailbreaks like evasi0n and Pangu disable OTA updates to ensure jailbreakers don’t accidentally install the update.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has published an open letter that outlines the company’s commitment to respecting and maintaining the privacy of its users. Almost unsurprisingly, the letter comes just weeks after Apple suffered a PR disaster following a high-profile nude celebrity photo leak that was attributed to an iCloud breach.
Apple has long advertised iCloud as being a cloud storage platform for iPhone, iPad and Mac, but it has never had a front-facing file management system like its main competitors in Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. iCloud Drive is about to change that, making the service a much more competitive offering in the cloud storage space.