Yes, iOS 8 may be biggest iOS release ever and there are quite a few reasons to upgrade, but there are also some compelling reasons not to upgrade right away. Here are five them for you to ponder while you read about iOS 8 and decide what to do about this latest iOS update from Apple.
Your favorite apps may break
While most developers are working hard to get their apps ready for iOS 8, some won’t have their iOS 8 updates in the App Store when iOS 8 debuts on Wednesday. As a result, these older apps may not be compatible with the new OS right away. If there is a mission critical app on your phone that hasn’t been updated recently, then you should probably wait until that update rolls out before you install iOS 8. For example: We’ve heard several reports that popular apps like Skype were crashing quite a lot on iOS 8 GM, which is likely to be same build as the public release. Users are reporting that Whatsapp is draining battery.
You’ll lose your jailbreak
Though we’re sure the jailbreak community is working on an iOS 8 jailbreak, it could be a while before a public jailbreak is released. The first iOS 7 jailbreak was released only at the end of last year, more three months after iOS 7 was released. If you are running a jailbroken version of iOS 7 and don’t wont to lose all those handy jailbreak tweaks, then you should hold off on installing that iOS 8 upgrade. You can always make your iPhone look like iOS 7 or get the iOS 8 features on iOS 7 while you wait.
You have an older device and are concerned about performance
Not every device will be compatible with iOS 8. If you are installing iOS 8 on an older device like an iPad 2 or an iPhone 4s, then you may want to think hard about making that switch from iOS 7 to iOS 8. iOS 7 runs well on older devices like the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s. Tack on these extra features in iOS 8 and your performance may slow as you push the capabilities of these older devices to the max, especially iPad 2.
Bugs got you worried — you’d rather wait and make sure iOS 8 is stable
If you need your device to work without glitches or unexpected errors, then you may want to wait for iOS 8 to get a few updates under its belt before you make the switch. Not surprisingly, Apple is already working on them. Yes, iOS 8 has been undergoing revisions for a few months during the beta period, but there undoubtedly are bugs that won’t rear their ugly head until the public starts using the release. If you don’t want to be a testing ground for Apple, then be patient and enjoy your stable iOS 7 device.
You don’t want to lose your data and need time to backup
The last thing you want to do is jump head first into an iOS update without making sure all your important data is backed up. Take your time and go through your phone, especially if you have photos, text messages, financial information, and other documents that you just can’t lose. Don’t rush into the update and put your data at risk. Take your time to do an iTunes or iCloud backup before you update or backup your photos, videos and documents to a cloud service like Dropbox.
Let me know what you decide in the comments below.