Yesterday, Apple released the iOS 14 and the iPadOS 14 stable versions which can be downloaded by users of devices that supports these new OS upgrades. The new update came along with the newly upgraded WatchOS 7 which came just a day after the release of the Watch Series 6 and the Watch SE including the iPad Air 4 and iPad 8 all which sports new and improved technology.
But the focus is with the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 both of which brings important updates to the iPhone and iPad devices which supports them. There are some new application on board which all make sense right now and the fact that the homescreen now be customized using widgets compared to the plain list of apps in the older makes a lot of sense right now.
But there are some really important things you should know and do before you update your device to the newest version of their operating systems in order to ensure things go as planned as well as running smoothly just as you’ll expect it to run. So without any further ado, below are some important questions about the IOS 14 and iPadOS 14 answered for you before doing the upgrade.
When will iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 be released
Apple did released the stable versions of both the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates on Wednesday September 16th for device which are compatible with the update.
All the newest software updates from Apple which are iOS 14, iPadOS 14, WatchOS 7 and TvOS 14 were also released o Wednesday 16th
In order to access the upgrade, you can head over to your Settings > General > Software Update to see if your device is ready for the upgrade yet. Meanwhile, there are other important things you should also know about the upgrade which continues below.
Devices that supports iOS 14 and iPadOS 14
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
iPhone 11 Pro
iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
iPhone XS Max
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPhone 8 Plus
iPad (7th generation)
iPad (6th generation)
iPhone 7 Plus
iPad (5th generation)
iPad Mini (5th generation)
iPhone 6s Plus
iPad Mini 4
iPhone SE (1st generation)
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
iPad Air 2
iPod Touch (7th generation)
First things first
Now that you know that your device supports the newest versions of the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the next thing you want to ensure is to check out for memory waster by that I meant some applications and photos or videos that you don’t need any longer on your device in order to make room for storage space.
So when you proceeds to the next step which is backing up your data, you won’t have to waste your time and storage space due to the unnecessary files and data that have been stored on the device. So that’s why this is the first thing to keep in mind before you proceed to the next step.
Now create a backup
You want to have a fresh out backup of your files and data on your device before proceeding to upgrading your device. The reason for this is to ensure you have a stable transition. There might be situations whereby the upgrade might go wrong and not having your files to revert back to can be disastrous.
So it’s a good idea to have all your important stuffs backed up elsewhere where you can fall back on just in case anything go wrong and in fact, this is the same thing Apple will advice you do before proceeding.
There are different means by which you can achieve the backing up of your device before upgrading to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 such as s using iCloud, Finder on Mac or iTunes on a Windows PC.
Having an iCloud is by far the easiest and Apple did make a new subscription which allows you to have a bundled subscription all in one including a 50GB of storage. But if you’re out of storage space on iCloud, then you can use the other methods to backup your iPhone/iPad.
Using iCloud to backup your data
Just in case you have enough storage space on our iCloud account then you’re good to go. Just ensure you have a decent amount of power on your device or basically, plug it to the electricity and then connect to Wi-Fi. Then you can force an upgrade by heading to the Settings > and then click on iCloud > iClod Backup > Backup now.
Backup on a Mac
But if your option is opting for backing things up on your Mac computer the process requires going through a little bit of a route as Apple did killed iTunes last year so the option for this is via the Finder in order to create backup before upgrading to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.
All you have to then do next is to connect your device to your Mac computer and then open the Finder then click on a couple of boxes to get started fully.
Backup on a PC
But on Windows, you can still use iTunes to back up your iPhone but you’ll be required to have the latest version installed on your PC. In order to know this, you can wait for the prompt asking you to update the app before proceeding then do as it says.
Next thing is to use a Lightning or USB-C cable and then do the rest through the iTunes user interface to commence the backup.
Remember to click on the box which says you want to “Encrypt your local backup” which will keep all your data safer.
With all that done the right way, the next thing is to click on the update button and then just like that, welcome to the iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 with all the cool features and interesting design specifications that comes with it.