Apple iOS 10 update is now available for download on the compatible devices — and it is one hell of an update. The new firmware is packed with new features and improvements, and there is no doubt you will love the interface when you lay eyes on it.
In this article, we touch upon the questions that may be hovering in your mind about updating to iOS 10.
Should I upgrade to iOS 10?
Well, unless there is a specific reason you don’t want to, you absolutely should. iOS 10 has tons of new features, including the new iMessage, which has loads of new things to play with. You get an improved Siri, better QuickType suggestions, and of course, the HomeKit tools. If you’re using an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, then there is another bunch of improvements in the 3D Touch department.
Can I upgrade my device to iOS 10?
As long as you own one of the compatible devices, you can. The update is free for all. The list of compatible devices is as follows:
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5C
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6S Plus
- iPad Pro 9.7”
- iPad Pro 12.9”
- iPad Air
- iPad Air 2
- iPad (4th generation)
- iPad Mini 2
- iPad Mini 3
- iPad Mini 4
- iPod Touch (6th Generation)
Is it necessary to upgrade immediately?
No. In fact, if you’re willing to wait for a day or two, then the update will go much faster — Apple’s servers will be freer.
Should I instead wait for the next minor update?
Every time Apple releases a new version of iOS, some bugs become apparent as the usage increases. To tackle this, Apple releases a minor update that fixes the small number of bugs present in the major update. Note that this scenario is most likely to take place with older iPhone models.
If you are willing to pass on a great many new features that iOS 10 brings with it, then you can absolutely wait for the next minor update. There is no doubt that the minor update will smoothen any problems that might arise in iOS 10.
For our feedback on how iOS 10 fares, click here.
Do I really need to backup my device before the update?
We cannot emphasize this enough: before you decide to install the update on your phone, you MUST backup all the content that you have on the phone. You can do this via your phone and store everything in iCloud, or via your Mac/PC and store everything locally.
Should I check my storage before updating my device?
You might want to make sure that you have ample memory left in your iPhone to download and install the iOS 10 update. To do this, head over to Settings > General > Storage.
In case you don’t have enough storage left, you should start deleting some stuff. For instance, the apps that you don’t use don’t need to be installed on your phone and the photo library should be stored online. Create a new backup of your device when you’re done deleting/moving the stuff you don’t need.
Gather your passwords
When you update your device to iOS 10, it is likely that you will have to reenter the passwords for your WiFi and other apps, if applicable. Make sure you are ready with a list of all the passwords that you think you might need after the update process.
Download the latest version of iTunes
It is likely that you’ll update the phone over-the-air, but it still recommended that you update the iTunes on your Mac/PC. Having the latest version of iTunes on the Mac/PC is definitely useful, as it lets you update the device via your Mac/PC, and also creates a local backup.
Restart your iPhone
Note that the update doesn’t go right every time — and when it does go haywire, there is nothing to worry about. If the update fails, or if the device seems exceptionally choppy when the update is done, you need to force-restart the phone. For this, hold the power button and the home button simultaneously for ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
Apple reindexes the Spotlight search once iPhone is updated, and that can cause a sluggish performance. Leaving the iPhone alone for a few minutes can also help.