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It seems an age since Apple unveiled its next iteration of the iPhone and iPad’s operating system. Unlike last year’s update, there’s no major design overhaul. Instead, Apple’s added some great features, and refined others. And today, iOS 8 has finally arrived.

If you have an iPad or iPhone on T-Mobile, you’ll be able to upgrade to iOS 8 now (providing Apple’s servers can handle the load).

Some of the biggest surprises in iOS 8 include extensibility and third party keyboards. Two features we never thought Apple’s fairly locked ecosystem would ever allow. But what it means is that you can now share through any app that’s designed to take advantage of the extensions. More importantly to me, it means you can also install keyboards like SwiftKey, Fleksy, Swype and Ginger, all of which are available on the App Store today. (If you’re interested, I reviewed SwiftKey for iOS 8 on TiP last night).

Two other features really caught my attention during iOS 8 beta testing. First was Spotlight Search. It can now search the App Store, the web and wikipedia as well as all the content on your phone. And the interface itself is so fast and fluid, it’s ridiculously intuitive. Then there’s Touch ID. It can now do much more than just unlock your iPhone or approve iTunes and App Store purchases. Third party apps can take advantage and let you use your fingerprint to do all sorts of things, whether it’s access your passwords in 1Password or approve payments in PayPal.

Let us know how you get on with iOS 8, and what you love most about it. Apart from the obvious Wi-Fi calling, of course.

Before you do update, be sure to back up your device either using iTunes or iCloud backups.

 

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  • tmobile4

    get ready for problems today

  • meowkittymeowkitty

    5.8 Gigs of free space needed….WTF

    • nat x

      that is ridiculous….. people stuck with 16Gb devices will be screwed..

      • TheVorlon

        Update installs and runs fine on a 16GB iPhone 4s.

        • nat x

          i was mostly referring to the update taking up too much space on devices with already little space left on their hard drive.

        • Falcao

          Can you please tell us how much space the new update actually DOES take up? And what your OS size is for space? Annoying for those who wanted to save 100$ and ordered the 16GB, as space is slowly getting shrunk as it is.

        • John

          The IOS 8 update takes 5.7 GB of space. I know because I just updated my iPhone 5S and a family members iPhone 5C.

        • TheVorlon

          You seem to be confusing all of the base apps with the OS update.

        • John

          No I am not confused. When I went to download the IOS 8 update for my 5S it said you need 5.7GB of space. I had to remove some apps clearing 6GB of space then it let me download the update. Now that the IOS 8 update has installed on my 5S the 5.7GB is open space again and I can reinstall those apps again.

        • Steve Rice

          you are confused — thats how much it needs in order to complete the installation — it then clears up all of that space afterwards.

        • John

          that is what i said, you misunderstood

        • Bud

          it said 4.7 gb needed but the actual file was only 749mb. idk why. iphone 5

        • John

          Weird as it showed that it needed 5.7 gb available to complete download on my IPhone 5S

        • Bud

          i did my girlfriends 5s it said 5.7. the actual file was 949. it most have something to do with wifi calling..

        • TheVorlon

          The download was listed as 917MB. It doesn’t say how much swap space it uses during the install.

          If you don’t have space on the iPhone for the download and install swap, just download the updater in iTunes on your computer and have iTunes update the OS on your iPhone.

        • UMA_Fan

          You download a lot more than the install actually takes up. You’ll free up that storage after installation

    • Christopher Olson

      This is why Apple shouldn’t even waste time making 16 gig devices anymore. Why is it a flash drive costs fractions of a dollar per gig but when it’s in a popular device it’s the difference of hundreds of $$$

      • x646x

        Yeah this is a joke. 32GB should have been standard on the iPhone 6’s.

        I basically had to backup my iPads, wipe them clean and then install the update. Then restore my setup from iCloud.

    • Cam Fas

      exactly the only reason I had a 16 gig was because thats all tmobile will carry super super gay 32 should be the standard and tmobile should carry some 64 and 128 gigs in store

    • i did it via pc for this reason.. sigh

  • sanches12

    Hopefully the jailbreak for iOS8 will arrive sooner than the jailbreak for iOS7 did last year.

  • Lmrvrgs

    Tmobile just charged my account for the preorder. I hope thats a good sign! Anyone else??

    • Cole

      T-mobile just charged me also! Hopefully that means we will get them by friday, we will see!

    • rish

      Tmobile just charged me as well! I hope to see them on my doorstep on Friday!

  • VG

    FYI: For those with an Apple TV, there is also a software available today. Installing now.

  • VG

    I think the WiFI Calling will only work on the iPhone 5S (and on the new 6 and 6+). Anybody with an iPhone 5 or earlier model won’t be able to enable WiFi Calling. Or am I mistaken?

    • taron19119

      WiFi calling is for iPhone 5s 5c and iPhone 6 and 6+ apple all ways. Remove features from iphones older than one year

    • John

      The iPhone 5c can also do WIFI-calling on IOS 8. A family member of mine has the iPhone 5c and has confirmed that the option is there for them in IOS 8. For whatever reason Apple chose not to enable WIFI-calling for those that have the original iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4s.

      • VG

        Oops, I forgot about the 5C. You are correct. Only the 5C, 5S, 6 and 6+ will have Wi-Fi Calling with iOS8. Anybody with the iPhone 5 or earlier model is SOL.

  • downloading to my i5 now.. taking forever

  • Jrun

    It’s crashed out trying to download over wi-fi 4 times now. Guess I’ll just try via PC later this evening.

  • gates2010

    upgraded my iphone5 to ios8, but no option for wi-fi calling on in Setting -> Phone..

    my download took less than 10 min on corporate wifi and install took longer than the download..

    not liking the following so far:
    the new control center colors are awful..
    the calender view in notif center changed, it preview showed a day from 8 to 5 with meeting in it, not it just shows it as a list of items..

    • taron19119

      WiFi calling is for iPhone 5s 5c and iPhone 6 and 6+ apple all ways. Remove features from iphones older than one years

      • bob90210

        You’re right. Apple remove wifi calling from my iphone 4S. I was able to use wifi-calling on my iphone for years but Apple remove that feature. I should have not upgraded (really a downgrade).

        • UMA_Fan

          WiFi calling is a new feature for iOS. You never had it.

        • bob90210

          So I didn’t have it before and I don’t have it now? So what did Apple take away from me? They must have removed a feature; taron19119 said so!

        • Steve R.

          I don’t think your sarcasm came out very clear.

      • gates2010

        i was checking for the same on compatibility, but i haven’t come across any that says only these iphone models support wifi-calling.

        • taron19119

          Trust me apple does not tell you what features are not on what
          device

    • John

      The iPhone 5c can also do WIFI-calling on IOS 8. A family member of mine
      has the iPhone 5c and has confirmed that the option is there for them
      in IOS 8. For whatever reason Apple chose not to enable WIFI-calling for
      those that have the original iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4s.

      • UMA_Fan

        Maybe apples big thing with it was the hand off to VoLTE. There are some iPhone 5 models out there that don’t support LTE on tmobile. I’m thinking the Verizon iPhone 5’s which were unlocked but no aws LTE.

  • rob

    i just download to iOS 8 on my iPhone 5s and there is no wifi setting or option . what do i do ?

    • daniel

      Wifi calling is in “phone” not wifi settings. Idk why.

      • ak

        i dont see wifi calling in settings -> phone either

        • KingCobra

          It should be in there if you’re on a 5S. It’s the first option under Phone settings.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    I’ve had iOS 8 on my Nexus 4 for 2 years now! :p

    • JamesG

      WIth the exception of Wifi calling lol

      – Android User

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        Lol true, but there are oodles of other Android phones that have it though

  • rob

    yep, your right . its in phone. thank you

  • jomama

    I’m not on the latest iOS 7, do I need to be to update to iOS 8? Also, was it OTA or iTunes? Thanks!

    • Bud

      No just update. Backup first.

  • ImHomeNow

    most of my pictures are now gone….nice apple

    • Mike

      Apple told everyone to back everything up, there was even a message when you install infact. You should have read all the print.

    • donnybee

      You could just be looking in the wrong place. I thought the same thing, but look at the bottom of the screen when you’re looking at your albums. Click on “Photos” in the bottom left corner. This will show all the pictures you had previous to the “Recently Added” ones. I almost had a heart attack, even though I updated through iTunes and had my phone updated.

      • ImHomeNow

        Thank you so much! All 2546 missing photos are not missing!

  • Cesar Fonseca

    has anyone download swype yet? every blog is talking about it but i cant find the official app.

    • donnybee

      I can’t find any of the new keyboards

      • Cesar Fonseca

        I finally found it. Its called swiftkey. dont confuse it with swiftkey note.. Then just install the app and add the keyboard through your settings. its awesome.

        • Mike

          I loved this application on the android phones. I think the best part is the flow keyboard. It was a bit hard to know when it was installed. Tap the globe between the number key and the microphone symbols and you will notice the change in keyboard

          layout.

  • wsj

    So I call TMUSA about WiFi calling for the iPhone 5 and they tell me its supported. The tech proceeds how to set it up and of course it does not work then he tells me I have to do a hard reset of the phone after I just installed io8. Does anyone have the correct answer of its supported or not? I don’t want to wipe out my phone if its not.

    • Ungibbed

      I was just about to ask the very same question. There should be a toggle under the phone settings for Wi-Fi calling but it’s not there… I also was just pushed a new carrier update as well now on T-Mobile 17.1

    • VG

      iPhone 5 does not support Wi-Fi Calling on iOS 8. Has to be a 5S, 5C, 6 or 6+

      • wsj

        Technical supports folks are saying otherwise.

        • iajey

          I have spoken with them also and this is crazy beacuse its the same *** phone as the 5S w/o a thumb meter!

        • Peter Cohen

          “beacuse its the same *** phone as the 5S w/o a thumb meter!”

          Hardly. The iPhone 5 uses the A6 chip; the iPhone 5S uses the A7. They’re very, very different under the hood.

          Having said that, the iPhone 5 and 5C are practically the same. So if it works on the 5C, it should work on the 5.

        • VG

          I don’t have any official source, but there are tons of mentions in the blogs about developers who were testing the iOS 8 beta versions (including the Gold Master version which is the final version before release) that Wi-Fi Calling is not enabled on the iPhone 5 and earlier models. Since Apple and T-Mobile no longer sell the 5, you won’t find any info on their web sites.

          You can always try to backup your iPhone 5 via iTunes and do a hard reset on your phone, but I highly doubt that will make the WiFi Calling option appear on your phone. Apple would not release an operating system upgrade and “hide” this feature if it required a hard reset

        • VG

          You could always try calling Apple tech support to see if the iPhone 5 supports T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling, but I doubt that will lead anywhere.

        • golbez352

          There were rumors about 5 getting wifi calling but apple has not mentioned in any of the updates of including the 5. Sorry to break the bad news!

      • Addam

        what!? huge bummer

    • Andrew

      Make sure you check to see if there is a carrier update.

    • Michael Perez

      Go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calls

  • notyourbusiness

    Going to install this on my iPod touch 5th generation later on my laptop. I’m now even considering (finally) installing iOS 7 on my old iPhone 4 that’s also being used as another iPod touch…

    • iOSX

      iOS 7 is a mixed bag on the 4. iOS 6 is a lot faster.

  • Tory

    WiFi calling works great! 3rd party keyboards are pretty glitchy at times though

    • david c

      which phone are you using?

      • Tory

        iPhone 5S

  • Andrew

    I’ve noticed a lot of bugs so far, though. I understand that every new release has issues, but how did Apple let so many get by?

    • VG

      Remember Apple Maps?

      • Andrew

        Unfortunately. xD

      • JamesG

        Yea, that was a funny time on the internet

    • monkeybutts

      Yeah my 5s crashes the apps every time I leave the phone alone for more than 5 mins. The phone itself crashed and reloaded the springboard 3x.

      • Andrew

        Wtf? That’s really weird. I hope mine doesn’t start doing that! I have had the basic Apple apps (included with iOS) crashing, though.

      • iOSX

        The app crashes are due to the fact that the apps in question probably do not support iOS 8…

    • Chilehead

      What bugs are you encountering?

      • Andrew

        It’s little stuff here and there. Basic Apple apps crash (the ones included with iOS), the status bar doesn’t disappear when looking at a photo, and a few other things that I can’t think of at the moment but have bothered me. It seems to be little stuff here and there that makes it seem like no one was paying attention. There’s also that HealthKit bug they just had to start working on.

  • Addam

    just updated, how do you enable wifi calling? Can’t find it :(

  • Justin

    So lets get this straight, the iPhone 5 does not support wifi calling? what a joke. How is it that it was able to support wifi calling with beta 3, but not anymore? correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Addam

      it seems to be the case. and embarrassingly i spent all day anticipating wifi calling only to be massively disappointed

    • Addam

      never supported w/ beta 3

  • Lmrvrgs

    Tmonews needs a forum

    • JamesG

      When was thier a forum? Ive been reading on this site for about 6 months now

  • KingCobra

    So far it seems like Wi-Fi calls do not seamlessly handoff to cellular as they were supposed to be doing. I’ve had 2 Wi-Fi calls drop already while switching from Wi-Fi to LTE.

    • Addam

      it’s only VoLTE to WIFI that offer seamless switch

    • Mo

      I found this to be true on the Samsung Galaxy S4 as well. It would drop the call rather than making the transition from cell to WiFi calling. Also on Android you have to pick in the set up the conditions how WiFi is to be used. Perhaps the problem is in the set-up?

  • Ash

    Trying to update my iPad Air OTA……need 6.9GB of free space to complete……

    • Bud

      idk why the file says under a gig. my iphone 5 required 4.7gb. the file was only 749mb.

      • josephsinger

        If you update through iTunes you should not have device capacity problems. Just did it with my iPad 2 with less than 5GB of space.

        • Bud

          Thanks. That’s cool, I did not know.

  • Chris

    Does anyone have information to the 17.1 carrier update?

    • Aurizen

      I would like to know the same for this.

  • Bourgeois

    Upgraded to 8.0 earlier today, only to discover wifi calling was a no-go on my iPhone5. Why was I under the impression that it was going to be supported?

    Trop déçu (very disappointed). I have four iPhone5 devices for each family member. This was the answer to the poor T-Mobile reception in my house.

  • iOSX

    I updated my iPhone 5 to iOS 8 in an hour without any problems, unlike last year’s iOS 7 that took me hours to download and install. Although I appreciate most of the new features it is noticeably slower than iOS 7. I’m guessing Wi-Fi calling was excluded to stop the 5 from slowing to a complete crawl.

    • VG

      You may qualify for a free 4G LTE signal booster from T-Mobile. Call them up and ask them about it. Check out the review posted on TmoNews

      • iOSX

        Nah, I personally never have a problem with T-Mobile’s signal (my area has LTE just about everywhere). I was only addressing other people’s complaints.

    • JamesG

      Wi-fi calling wouldn’t effect performance at all…

  • Aurizen

    wifi calling isnt available for iphone 5 which absolutely sucks!!!

  • VG

    You may qualify for a free 4G LTE signal booster from T-Mobile. Call them up and ask them about it.

  • VG

    Somebody started a petition on change(dot)org to get Apple to enable Wi-Fi Calling on the iPhone 5. A lot of people are annoyed that Wi-Fi Calling does work on the 5C, and the 5C is basically a plastic 5 (the internal hardware is identical except for the camera).

    So, maybe this might go somewhere if enough people sign the petition?

    • BillSmitty

      Thx for the heads up…signed the petition!

  • Mo

    Finally able to sit in my office and use iPhone rather than going outside to take calls. Thank you for adding WiFi calling option. It seems to work well! I agree that WiFi calling should be available on the iphome 5. I know apple wants to sell phone but if the iPhone 5 was functional in the testing it should be offered. Lots of folks don’t want to upgrade to new hardware for various reasons. The new phone is very expensive and honestly offers only limited hardware improves for you money. Don’t hate me for saying that!

  • delorme

    No WIFI calling!!! Grrrr!!!!!!

  • Addam

    I can’t find any confirmation from t-mobile one way or the other regarding iphone5 and wifi calling. Perhaps someone on the site like Cam could do their job and reach out to Tmobile for a comment on the matter? Instead of composing all of your posts the night before… especially on such a big day.

    • JimInChicago

      No WiFi calling with iOS 8 on the iPhone 5 released in September 2012 on VZW, ATT and Sprint nor on the T-Mobile version that came out spring 2013. The iPhone 5s does have it. The iPhone 5c also has it–note that the 5c is ALMOST identical to the original 5 except the shell AND the actual telephone part which is the same as the 5s. (I own an unlocked T-Mobile iPhone 5 purchased June 2013. No Wifi calling on mine.)

    • iphone5 user

      As an iPhone 5 user, I am very disappointed with Apple. This isn’t T-mobiles fault but they need to step up for us and get an explanation/resolution from Apple.
      If wifi calling works on the 5c it should work on the 5 as they have the same processor and ram.
      The other carriers don’t care since they haven’t implemented wifi calling yet. Its up to T-Mobile to speak up for us.

    • Mo

      I think it has been well confirmed that IPhone 5 will not be getting wifi calling. This sucks because it was tested in the various beta tests. Apple should do the right thing and make it available since it was tested on IPhone 5.

      • Addam

        No, Edward R. Murrow, it is not “well confirmed”. This certainly hasnt been addressed by either Tmobile or Apple. I’m not saying that it won’t be at some point, simply that it has not yet been. It may be evident in that we don’t have the feature, but this does not confirm that we won’t get the feature in the form of a carrier update, nor does it speak to whether or not this could be a bug or even and oversight.

        I think we all deserve some clarity on this.

  • Mo

    Several of my apps cause the crash or freezing of the phone. Happens on both IPhone and iPad mini. I’m leaning towards a conflict with the app and ios8. Perhaps the apps have not been updated. Others experiencing crash or freeze with iOS 8.

    • the2000guy

      Which iphone model you had this problem?

      • Mo

        The 5c

  • Jose Luzbet

    my tmobile phone got locked after teh update, now it says sim card is not valid, apple says is a att phone tmobile says is a tmobile phone, in the meantime I got no phone need to wait 24 hours… wtf!!!

    • the2000guy

      awful, the same thing happened to a lot of people who had ios 6 in their iphones and decided to upgraded to ios 7. They found out that apple relocked their iphones to their original carriers. I hate that!!!

      • Jose Luzbet

        tell me about it, still dealing with it, it will be 24 hours around 2pm ill eat them alive if not done by then

  • N

    Hello,

    Thought your readers might appreciate knowing that the iPhone 5 doesn’t support wifi calling! Nowhere on Apple or T-Mobile site could I find this. Instead I called T-Mobile a few days ago. After some time on hold the rep cam back and apologized that it wasn’t supported.

    Hoping that they had made a mistake, I’m on the phone w Apple Support now speaking with Debbie. She was perplexed but kindly asked to put me on hold. After going on hold a few times she informed me the 5 doesn’t support it. She double checked with her boss to be sure. I informed her I’d just help my father but a 5 on T-Mobile so he could take advantage of the coming wifi calling because he doesn’t have good coverage at his house. She offered to connect me to customer relations. When she got through to them, they were astounded the 5 wouldn’t support wifi calling and put us through to level ii support.

    Level II customer care lady thought I was talking about continuity (the ability to make calls on Mac or iPad) and had never even heard of wifi calling. I kindly explained to her it’s been around for years and I did it on Tmo pre iPhone. she was totally baffled. I suggested she google it as it was mentioned by name in the keynote and Tmo was even on the slide. She said they weren’t allowed to google at work so I suggested she google after work. After a brief pause she suggested I file a report on the Apple Support site so the correct people would be alerted.

    Regards

  • BillSmitty

    Cam,

    Are you or will you try to get a response from TMO or Apple on the wifi calling not being available on the iPhone 5? As a TMO site it seems quite odd that there isn’t a separate thread/headline regarding this…it is a big issue and major error by one of the two companies. Why the silence TmoNews?

    Thanks!