If you have an iPhone 5 you may be eligible for a free battery replacement. Check out this Apple page to check your eligibility.
iOS 8 implements new features in iCloud which will allow for more storage and sharing options of your documents and photos. The problem is that these new features are not compatible with the existing iCloud. Once Apple releases its next OS X for Macs, code named Yosemite, it will all be compatible. This may be in October.
Bottom line: if you get a new iPhone 6 or update your existing phone to iOS 8 do not turn on the option for iCloud Drive in Settings.
Once you’ve decided to upgrade, figuring out your real cost is not easy. One way or another you are paying the real price of the phone, which is about $600 give or take. It’s always been this way, you just did not know how its cost was imbedded into your phone bill. Now that phone companies, like ATT, give you various ways to purchase your phone it’s a little more obvious but still complicated.
Here’s my take on the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and updating your current iPhone to iOS8.
You may have heard or read about the iPhone 6 Plus being “bendable,” especially if you accidentally sit on it or keep it in a pocket where it can get bent. The actual number of complaints has been small – Apple says 9 people. Additionally there is now some evidence that the original complaint and video are a hoax. After this was reported Consumer Reports not only tested the iPhone Plus but also other phones. The link to their report is here.
It’s probably not an issue.
In general, I’m a believer in waiting a bit – a few weeks or a few months – to upgrade. Aside from allowing time for problems to appear and be resolved, the lines will disappear and it will be easier to walk in to an Apple, Best Buy or your carrier store and pick one up.
I waited and just updated my iPhone and iPad to iOS 8.0.2. Everything seems to be working fine. You won’t see any major changes to look or feel.
The Mail App is one big improvement which I like. If you swipe a message to the left you have more options to choose from for what to do with the message. If you swipe it to the right you can quickly mark it as unread – as I often do – to remember to deal with it later.