Apple’s iOS 8.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is finally here and it’s loaded with new features, enhancements and fixes. While there is reason to be excited about Apple’s brand new iOS 8 update, there are also some reasons why you might want to avoid installing the iOS 8.2 update right now.
During today’s Spring Forward Apple Watch event, Apple confirmed a number of important new details including the Apple Watch release date, Apple Watch price, a new 12-inch MacBook, and an iOS 8.2 release. Apple didn’t spend much time talking about its new iOS 8.2 update but it’s here and it’s a pretty big release for those who use iOS 8.
iOS 8.2 was first released to developers at the end of last year. After five iOS 8.2 beta updates, Apple’s finally released the iOS 8.2 update to the public replacing the iOS 8.1.3 update that was released earlier this year. iOS 8.2 is a substantial upgrade for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches so naturally, many iOS 8 users are going to feel the urge to install the update right off the bat. That’s especially going to be the case for those of you who have been dealing with iOS 8 problems.
While there are some reasons to install the iOS 8.2 update today or in the near future, there are also some reasons why you should think about avoiding the iOS 8.2 update right now or in the immediate future. iOS 8.2 is an incremental update but incremental iOS updates can often have a big impact on the performance of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. Here, we take a look at some reasons why you might want to skip the iOS 8.2 release day.
You’re Getting Good Performance on iOS 8.1.3 or Below
The iOS 8.2 update brings a ton of new features, enhancements and bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. It’s much larger than the iOS 8.1.3 update that came before it. iOS 8.2 has the potential to fix a lot of iOS 8 problems but it also has the potential to deliver some problems of its own. iOS updates, big and small, typically bring their own set of problems and we highly doubt that iOS 8.2 will be perfect.
Incremental iOS updates like iOS 8.2 can wreck havoc on devices and we often see iPhone and iPad users complain about a drop in battery life, Wi-Fi issues, broken Bluetooth, and more in the minutes and hours following an iOS update’s release. We haven’t seen a flow of iOS 8.2 complaints start just yet but the day is young.
As we’ve noted many times before, there is no way to completely protect your phone or tablet from issues. There are, however, a few things you can do to try and limit problems.
If you’re having a great experience on iOS 8.1.3 or below and you’re afraid of potential iOS 8.2 problems and bugs, you can simply wait a day or two before installing. That will give you enough time to gather feedback (we’ll offer our own thoughts on the software) and gather information on potential problems and fixes.
You can also hold back completely. Apple doesn’t force you to install these updates so you can simply pass on iOS 8.2 and wait for another update like iOS 8.2.1 or iOS 8.3 to arrive. iOS 8.2 probably won’t have a negative effect on a majority of devices but you can never tell. That’s why we typically recommend waiting for the smoke to settle before installing a new iOS update.
You Jailbreak Your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
If you are currently jailbroken on iOS 8.1.2 or below, you do not want to install the iOS 8.2 update right now. iOS 8.1.3 patched up the exploits used by the iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak and iOS 8.2 has already been deemed unsafe by prominent jailbreak developers. We could still see an iOS 8.2 jailbreak emerge but right now, the future is a bit cloudy.
You’re Not Prepared
You can never be too prepared for an iOS update. Some of you might scoff at preparation ahead of an incremental update like iOS 8.2 but if you take the time to prepare, you have a better chance of avoiding problems if you decide to install the software.
We’ve put together a number of steps that we recommend taking before you install the iOS 8.2 update and many of you aren’t going to be able to get this done on day one. We’ve also put together a number of iOS 8.2 release date tips that will help those of you that are still on the fence about whether you want to install iOS 8.2 or not.
Take your time, get your mind and your device prepared, and then make your move. iOS 8.2 is a big update but it’s not going anywhere and you do not have to install the software today.
You Need Your Phone for Work or School
If you are planning on using your phone for important work or school work today or anytime this week, you might want to think about holding off for the time being.
Exchange issues almost always occur after iOS updates and we’ve seen folks run into battery life issues with their work phone on days when problems are simply unacceptable.
Those of you who are using an iPhone as a work phone may want to hold off until iOS 8.2 bugs are established and until your company gives the go-ahead to install the software, something that may not necessarily come today. Those of you using apps for work or school might also want to think about holding off until the coast is clear.
App performance sometimes takes a hit after minor iOS releases and we could see some apps get fouled up. Apple and its developer partners do a good job keeping third-party apps stable update-after-update but there’s no way to predict how things will shape up immediately after the iOS 8.2 release. If you’re at all dependent on apps today, tomorrow or any time this week, hold off until you’re sure that your critical apps are stable.
If you are currently traveling, whether it’s for work or pleasure, you may not want to install the iOS 8.2 update today. Why? Simple. There’s a potential for iOS 8.2 problems and the last thing that you want is to run into problems on vacation or during a work trip. iOS 8.2 problems will be particularly troublesome for travelers who haven’t backed up their data or are dependent on the device for things like navigation and photography.
If something were to go wrong while traveling, not having easy access to a personal computer or all of your information could make things extremely difficult for you. If you aren’t going to have a chance to be at your home base of operation today or this week, wait until your home and then take some time to get this update installed.
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