On Monday, Apple released its iOS 8.2 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch into the wild to replace its iOS 8.1.3 update. iOS 8.2 is major iOS 8 update and one that many users have their eye on. With the iOS 8.2 release here, we want to take a look at what we think every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users should know now about Apple’s latest upgrade.
Apple’s iOS 8.2 update has been in the works for several months. The company released the update into its closed beta program at the end of last year and for several weeks, Apple and its developer partners poked and prodded the update ahead of its public arrival. iOS 8.2 release details pointed to an arrival in the second week of March and as we entered the week, it became clear that an iOS 8.2 update was close.
On Monday, Apple took the stage at its Spring Forward launch event for the Apple Watch. There, the company debuted a new MacBook, the Apple Watch release date and the iOS 8.2 update. Apple rather quietly announced the arrival of iOS 8.2 near the end of the show and a few hours later, the update emerged for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches around the world.
It has been a busy past couple of days and we’ve seen a ton of new iOS 8.2 details emerge. We realize that not everyone has the ability to stay up to date on the latest and that’s why we want to roundup all of the important iOS 8.2 details that have emerged in the last 48 hours. This will get you caught up and it will fill you in on the most important things we think you, as iOS users, need to know now about the iOS 8.2 update.
iOS 8.2 Release Tips for iPhone & iPad
If you haven’t updated to iOS 8.2 for iPhone or iPad yet, we’ve been hard at work trying to make your life easier. iOS 8.2 is an iOS update and a big update at that and big iOS updates have the potential to wreck havoc on devices. We’ve seen it happen plenty of times in the past. And that’s why we’re trying to look out for as many iPhone and iPad users as we can.
Those of you who are still on iOS 8.1.3 or below should first take a look at some of the things we think you should do to prepare for the iOS 8.2 update. This includes ways to ensure that you won’t lose your precious files if something does go wrong during the installation process.
Once you’ve prepared yourself and your device for the upgrade, we recommend taking a look at our iOS 8.2 release tips. These will come in handy if you’re on the fence about the update or if you’re committed to getting it on board. After that, take a look at our guide about how to install the iOS 8.2 update properly.
The more you know about iOS 8.2 the better. This is a big update that could have a big impact on your device for better or worse so you’ll want to absorb as much information as you can. So know that that information is available to you right now.
iOS 8.2 Review (Early)
You should also note that we’ve begun reviewing the iOS 8.2 update across a number of popular iPhones and iPads. We’ve taken the plunge so that we can share feedback about performance and bugs. This will benefit those of you who are already on the software and those of you who are thinking about making the move to Apple’s new iOS 8.2 update ahead of the Apple Watch release. Here’s where you can find our early impressions:
iOS 8.2 Problems Start
It’s worth noting that iOS 8.2 problems have started to impact the performance on some iPhones and iPads. We’ve already pointed out a number of those early complaints which range from issues with battery life to problems with Messages. Many of these issues are isolated though iOS 8.2 is still very new and there’s a chance that complaints will grow louder as more people install.
In response to these problems, we’ve put together a list of the most common problems affecting iOS 8.2 users right now and a list of fixes for those problems. They are worth a look if you’re currently dealing with iOS 8.2 problems or if you simply want to load up on knowledge ahead of your own iOS 8.2 install. It never hurts to be prepared.
You Can Downgrade to iOS 8.1.3 Right Now
With each passing day, we get closer to the end of the iOS 8.2 to iOS 8.1.3 downgrade. Apple’s still signing off on the iOS 8.1.3 update which means that you can downgrade from iOS 8.2 if you don’t like what you see. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t keep this option open forever.
It’s difficult to predict exactly when Apple will stop signing for iOS 8.2 but it should happen sometime within the next week and a half. Apple usually kills support in and around the two week mark. Something to keep in mind if you’re currently experiencing issues or if you’re thinking about jumping up to iOS 8.2 in the near future.
iOS 8.2 Jailbreak MIA
Finally, it’s worth knowing that an iOS 8.2 jailbreak remains missing in action and those interested would be wise to hold off on updating to iOS 8.2. For the moment, iOS 8.1.2 is the newest version of iOS 8 software that’s compatible with a jailbreak. iOS 8.1.3 killed off TaiG and it’s not clear when support will return for iOS 8. If it does at all.
iOS 8.2 delivered an enormous list of security enhancements for the iPhone and iPad, the full list of which can be found here. That probably didn’t make things any easier for the developer teams behind the popular iOS 8 jailbreaks. It also doesn’t help that an iOS 8.3 release is probably just a few weeks away. Everything remains up in the air and those of you who are interested should keep a close eye out for developments.