iOS 8 set to launch in Ireland

Apple's new mobile operating system will go live before the new iPhones are released

Apple’s new mobile operating system will go live before the new iPhones are released

Irish customers may have to wait more than a week to get their hands on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the software that powers it will available to all later this evening.

READ: teic.ie’s tips for a smoother iOS update

An update to the latest version of Apple’s operating system – iOS 8 – is set to become available from around 6pm Irish time, offering users access to a range of new features and functions.

The new OS will include Apple’s new Health app, which is designed to monitor and track health-related data pulled in by the phone – along with information gathered by other apps.

iOS 8 will also be compatible with iCloud Drive, which will make it easier for people to share documents and files across multiple devices and applications.

Existing iPhone/iPad apps will also get some additional functionality – Messages will now make group chats easier, and will allow for voice messages to be sent. Users will be able to add new types of keyboards too, while people will also be allowed to easily share their apps with other family members.

For people who have more than one Apple device, new ‘Continuity’ features will bring those closer together.

The new software will allow for a user to start something on one device, and then seamlessly pick up where they left off on another. When the latest operating system for Macs comes out later this year, people will also be able to answer calls and texts through their computer – leaving their phone in their pocket if they so wish.

The one caveat – some of these features won’t be available on certain devices and iOS 8 itself is won’t be downloadable if your phone or tablet is too old. Here’s a list of compatible devices:

iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5S
iPhone 5C
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus

iPad 2
iPad (3rd Gen)
iPad (4th Gen)
iPad Air
iPad Mini
iPad Mini with Retina Display

iPod Touch (5th Gen)

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