iOS 8 launches on 17 September for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or newer

Latest major OS update hits just days before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus debut
iOS 8 on iPhone 6

iOS 8 on iPhone 6

With two new smartphones and a dazzling smartwatch to reveal, Apple spent considerably less time than usual repeating the features of iOS 8 at today’s event. But now we know when we’ll actually be using it.

As expected, iOS 8 will launch just before the new iPhones, becoming available next week on 17 September. That’s two days before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debut, naturally with the updated OS already installed.

Device compatibility is always a question with new iOS versions, and Apple has revealed that iOS 8 will extend back to the iPhone 4S and newer on the smartphone side, and the iPad 2/iPad mini and above with tablets. The fifth-gen iPod touch will also accept the upgrade.

Apple already detailed out the extensive array of new features back at WWDC, and while less of a dramatic shake-up than its full version predecessor, iOS 8 does seem to deliver a lot of small tweaks and big enhancements alike.

iOS 8 on iPhone 6

iOS 8 on iPhone 6

On the latter end, you can expect everything from the Health app to the Handoff feature that lets you move active content between your iOS devices and Mac, plus there’s third-party keyboards, easy voice and video swapping within Messages, Family Sharing, and overhauled photo management.

And on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, you’ll also have access to Apple Pay, which uses each phone’s built-in NFC chip combined with Touch ID and your account details to keep your wallet firmly in your pocket or bag. That feature won’t launch until October, however.

[Source: Apple]

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