iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has released iOS 8 update for all compatible devices, and while most users are best served by downloading the update through the Over-the-Air mechanism on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, another option is to install the update manually by means of IPSW firmware files. While not particularly difficult, updating with firmware is considered a bit more advanced, and it requires the download of a full firmware package file which is upwards of 6GB or so, which is considerably larger than the smaller delta update offered through OTA.

iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

Regardless of using IPSW or OTA to update to iOS 8, it’s a good idea to prepare for the update by cleaning house on the target iPhone or iPad. At the very least, always back up your iOS device to iCloud and/or iTunes before installing new system software.

iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

Below are direct download links to the appropriate IPSW files stored on Apple servers. Download the file that is relevant to the device you are going to update. You may want to choose to Right-Click and do a ‘Save As’ of the file in question, and be sure whatever you are saving has the “.ipsw” file extension. If you have never used firmware files before, be sure to update iTunes first to the latest version, and then go here to learn how to use IPSW files to update an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the new release of iOS.

iOS 8 IPSW Firmware for iPhone

iOS 8 IPSW Files for iPad

iOS 8 IPSW for iPod Touch

Users will need to have the latest version of iTunes available to install iOS 8 through ISPW, so be sure to update iTunes either though Software Update or the app itself before using the firmware.

iOS 8 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Apple has released iOS 8 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The update offers significant improvements and many new features to prior versions of iOS and is recommended for all users to install on their devices. If you haven’t done so already, it’s a good idea to prepare for iOS 8 before updating the system software.

iOS 8 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

iOS 8 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

iOS 8 is supported by the following hardware; iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, and iPod touch 5th generation.

How to Update to iOS 8 with OTA

The simplest way to update to iOS 8 is to use the Over-the-Air update mechanism on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Go to Settings app, then to “General”, and then to “Software Update”
  • Choose “Download & Install” when iOS 8 populates

The OTA download weighs in close to 1GB and requires nearly 5GB of free storage space on-device to install.

It’s always a good idea to back up your devices before installing an iOS update, at the very least make a quick backup to iCloud or, better yet, go all out and backup to both iTunes and iCloud before beginning.

How to Update to iOS 8 with iTunes

Users can also install the iOS 8 update through iTunes and a computer, though you’ll need to connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a Mac or Windows PC with the latest version of iTunes to do that.

  1. Update iTunes if you haven’t done so already, then relaunch iTunes
  2. Connect the iOS device to the computer with USB
  3. Click on “Update” if the update option to install iOS 8 does not appear automatically

This updates to iOS 8 by downloading the update from Apple and using the computer to load it onto the iOS device, and it may or may not be faster to update your device this way, depending on a variety of conditions. One significant advantage to using iTunes is that it allows users to skip the “cannot install update” error due to storage capacity limitations on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

 

If you’re going to update through iTunes, be sure to backup the device to the same computer with iTunes before beginning the actual update process – or again – back up to both icloud and iTunes if possible.

Related to iTunes, users also have the option to download IPSW firmware files for iOS 8and install that manually onto their devices. That route is generally considered a more advanced procedure and is best reserved for individuals who have a good reason to go with the IPSW method. You can find direct downloads to iOS 8 firmware here.

Apple TV Update Revamps Interface

Apple also released an update for Apple TV, which changes the interface and icons a bit to be more in line with the bright colors of iOS 7 and iOS 8, as this image from MacRumors shows:

The Apple TV update also adds support for iOS 8 features, making it a good idea to update for those users who have a third gen Apple TV.

Apple TV users can get the update from Settings > General > Software Update

OS X 10.9.5 Update Released for Mac

Apple has released an update to OS X Mavericks, versioned as OS X 10.9.5. The update is recommended for all Mac users to install and includes bug fixes and security updates for core system software.

OS X 10.9.5 Update Released for Mac

OS X 10.9.5 Update Released for Mac

Two specific bug fixes are mentioned in the release notes of the update, the first being a resolution to some issues with VPN connections that use USB authentication, and the second aiming to resolve issues pertaining to access of SMB (Windows sharing) servers. The latter issue has frustrated a fair amount of Mac users who work in Windows PC heavy environments and share files between the two, making it a particularly welcome fix for some.

Safari 7.0.6 and related security updates and bug fixes are also included in the OS X 10.9.5 update.

All Mac users running Mavericks can find the update available through the Mac App Store, accessible via the  Apple menu and by choosing “Software Update”.

 

Separately, Apple also released iOS 8 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which brings many new features and improvements to iOS, as well as a minor update to Apple TV.

Apple Watch Videos

The Apple Watch “Reveal” video is 2 minutes long and shows how WATCH was debuted to the world, giving a glimpse of the wearable:

The Apple Watch intro video, as narrated by Jony Ive. This is 10 minutes long and gives an excellent overview of the device and its functionality:

Next up is a fitness orientated video for Apple Watch, it’s nearly 4 minutes long and emphasizes the health and fitness related functionality of the gadget:

Don’t miss these videos, they really help to explain and understand the Apple Watch. Apple Watch Pricing, Availability Pricing starts at $349, and goes up from there, which we’ll certainly find out more details on when it ships next year in early 2015.

Help Decide Which Size iPhone 6 to Buy with This Printable Guide

Deciding which size iPhone 6 to buy is no easy task, particularly if you’re going to pre-order this Friday and aren’t able to hold one of the devices in your hand before the big purchase. That’s where this little printable PDF file comes into play, which gives you an accurate idea of the physical size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus against an existing iPhone 5 model.

Help Decide Which Size iPhone 6 to Buy with This Printable Guide

Help Decide Which Size iPhone 6 to Buy with This Printable Guide


You’ll want to print this out to get the best idea, though loading it at full size on screen can also work to give a vaguer concept of size too. Either way, bbe sure to hold your iPhone 5 up to make sure that size is accurate. Whether you just look at it on screen or actually print it out as recommended, you’ll find that both models are certainly larger than existing iPhones, but really you should print it out if you’re going to use this to help guide your pre-order:

    • Go here to load the iPhone 6 size file
    • Print the file as usual (or use that cool print from desktop trick) – be sure the file is printed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper and it is set to 100% scale
    • Grab some scissors and cut out the iPhone scale models and use your imagination

 

Help Decide Which Size iPhone 6 to Buy with This Printable Guide

Help Decide Which Size iPhone 6 to Buy with This Printable Guide

You’ll find both sizes to be larger, where the iPhone 6 feels marginally bigger and mostly taller than iPhone 5 line, it’s the iPhone 6 Plus in particular that really stands out. With the Plus models larger screen and pixel dense display comes a stellar battery life, iPad-like landscape mode, and an optical image stabilization feature, making the larger physical size less of an issue if you find those features compelling, and I suspect the iPhone 6 Plus is going to be a very popular device, particular for those who want to merge an iPad and iPhone into a single carry-around item. On the other hand, if you’re more or less happy with the iPhone 5 lines size, you’ll find the standard iPhone 6 with 4.7″ display to be a notable upgrade on screen size and performance, while still being able to easily carry it in your pocket.

While I haven’t gotten my hands on a physical iPhone 6 yet (few have if you weren’t invited to the Apple press event), I’ve at least had the luxury of holding a third party cases built for the device, which offers a decent idea of what the phones will feel like. Of course, a case – even slim cases – add additional bulk to an iPhone, and if you like to use a cover or case on your iPhone you may want to consider that as well when you’re shopping and pre-ordering the iPhone. Otherwise, if you have enough patience to wait until you can use the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in person, you may want to do that before buying, as they certainly aren’t cheap purchases.

Heads up to AppleInsider for the PDF and iPhoneInCanada for the great find.

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive calls iPhone 6 and Apple Watch its ‘best work yet

In a pair of interviews with ABC News following Tuesday’s big hardware debut, Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP of Design Jony Ive discussed the trials and tribulations of designing the company’s first wearable device.  Apple design chief Jonathan Ive calls iPhone 6 and Apple Watch its ‘best work yet

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive calls iPhone 6 and Apple Watch its ‘best work yet

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive calls iPhone 6 and Apple Watch its ‘best work yet

Speaking with ABC News’ David Muir, Cook said Apple Watch came about after the death of company cofounder Steve Jobs, meaning the wearable is the first product category to be developed under Cook’s watch.  When asked what Jobs would think of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Cook made it a point to mention the tech guru’s influence is being felt even now, nearly three years after his passing.

“I think he would be smiling today,” Cook said. “I think he would be so proud that he left a company that continued after him where he could clearly see his DNA at the foundation of it. You can see Steve written all over the products we did today.” Cook also handled questions related to Apple Watch security, a valid concern given the wearable will have access to sensitive information that, in some cases, could include payment information. Along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch has NFC built in to conduct touch-less Apple Pay payments.

The Apple chief said the wearable is the most secure solution on the market, noting credit card information is translated into a Device Account Number that is used in conjunction with a dynamically generated security transaction code. Apple Pay technology was first discovered in an Apple patent filing from 2012.

A final question from Muir asked about Apple’s “Made in America” initiative, to which Cook said parts, services and machinery from 22 states are being used in the production of Apple Watch and the latest iPhone product lines. As for Ive, Apple’s design chief said his team took years to get the Apple Watch right. One of the hardest issues to address was making a very personal device attractive to a wide swath of consumers. “We’ve always tried to make products that people don’t begrudgingly use, but that they want to use,” Ive said. “I think that the bar for that is very high when it’s something that you wear. And it’s something that you’re going to wear all day, every day.”

 

Apple Watch is expected to go on sale in early 2015 at a starting price of $349.