If you own an iOS device, the odds are pretty good that it’s compatible with iOS 8.
As we first noted in June, the newest iOS version is compatible with the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display. The recently announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with iOS 8 preinstalled.
The iPhone 4 cannot run iOS 8.
Apple’s iOS 8 will be available to download on Wednesday, Sept. 17 beginning at 10 a.m. PDT from your iOS device or through iTunes.
To update from your iOS device, go Settings > Software Update. In iTunes, go iTunes > Check for Updates and follow the directions.
The latest iOS version features Apple’s new Health app, plus updates to both the Photos and Messages apps. It also includes Family Sharing, the iCloud Drive, and the ability to add third-party keyboards.
One feature that isn’t compatible with every iOS device mentioned above is Continuity. This new feature is coming to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in October. It allows work started on one device to be finished on another. It also allows SMS and MMS text messages and phone calls to be sent and answered right from your iPad or Mac.
Continuity works on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5 or later, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, and iPod touch 5th generation.