iOS 8 release date and time: Available now!

UPDATE: iOS 8 is now available! Head this way to see how you can download and install it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch!

September 17 is fast-approaching, and you all know what that means - that's the day when Apple has promised to release iOS 8 to the general public! The latest and greatest iOS iteration has been available as a beta version (for developers or 'adventurous' users) for quite some time, but only now will the finished platform be pushed to the iPhones and iPads of regular consumers around the world.

So, just to make it extra clear - the iOS 8 release date is September 17. That's when users can expect the new platform to arrive on their iDevices. As for the iOS 8 release time, Apple usually doesn't reveal specific release timing for its software updates, but we can make an educated guess, based on previous experiences. When launching the previous versions of iOS, Apple usually started pushing the update relatively early in the day for users on the west coast - at around 10 AM Pacific time. With a three-hour difference between Pacific and Eastern time, this means that users on the east coast will probably get iOS 8 sometime around noon. Travelling further to the east, it'll be somewhere around the evening of Sep 17, when users in Europe will be notified about the available update. Naturally, if that approximate iOS 8 release time goes according to our expectations, it'll be in the small hours of September 18, when users in Far East countries like Japan and China receive the new update.

As usual, iOS 8 will be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update, or through the desktop iTunes application. If you'll be going for the latter option, be sure to update the iTunes program to the latest version first. Additionally, regardless of which update method you choose, it'll be a good idea to make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has enough battery (over 80% should do) when the update starts knocking on the door. If your battery level is too low, the update process will refuse to commence.

Speaking of iPhone, iPads and iPod touches, now's a good time to mention that iOS 8 will be compatible with a plethora of models. Here are all the models that will receive the iOS 8 update: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s | iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina Display | iPod touch (5th gen).

Approximate US release times:

10 AM11 AM12 PM1 PM

Approximate European release times:

GMTBritishCentral EuropeanEastern European
5 PM6 PM7 PM8 PM

Approximate Asian release times:

Hong KongChinaKoreaJapan
1 AM (Sep 18)1 AM (Sep 18)2 AM (Sep 18)2 AM (Sep 18)

Now that we know when to expect the iOS 8 update, it's time to take another look at what we can expect out of the update package. In other words, this is a good time to go through all the new features and improvements that iOS 8 is going to bring. Without further ado, let's get down to it - simply browse through the following gallery to learn more about the new iOS 8 features!



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

10am in the LV BABY!!!

5. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You are gonna like it. I installed iOS8 GM last night and so far I am enjoying it a lot. I like the predictive keyboard, iMessage, the new email tabs, health, family sharing...etc... little neat things. I made sure I disabled some of the privacy (location services) as well as some of the apps that use data. Have fun on Wednesday, I couldn't wait and did my iPhone 5 and iPad last night, both set up as new devices.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx for the info, much appreciated. I'm not gonna update my 5s, just my Mini 2. I wanna wait till Fridays iPhone launch to get the full experience on a shiny, new, gold 6 plus.

13. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Dark! I was thinking of doing the exact same thing! That, and it might be best to leave your iPhone where a jailbreak is possible if you're selling it.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bucky, that's another reason. A guy wants to buy it Friday, and mentioned jail breaking it, so I'll leave it at 7.1.1. I'm off today and tomorrow, work wed&thur, off fri sat sun. I'm lining up early afternoon Thursday, and my wife will meet me later after she finishes work. Gonna be's iWeek lol.

25. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

I just arrived to US a few months ago. I wanna buy from apple store on Friday as I missed pre order. How many phones can I buy at the store on that day? When should I start lining up? Nearest apple store is 2 hours drive from my place.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not sure about how many, but you should line up a day early. Good luck and enjoy bro.

42. Kingfish

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

Better get on iOS 7.1.2, the latest version of iOS that’s jailbreakable by the Pangu tool. Shortly after Apple releases iOS 8 tomorrow, it won’t be long until it closes the signing window for iOS 7.1.2, meaning you’ll be stuck on whatever firmware version you’re on or will be forced to update to iOS 8. There’s no reason NOT to be on the latest version of iOS (7.1.2) which fixes security holes and gets rid of bugs and is easily jailbreakable with Pangu.

40. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Today I placed a call from my iPad via iPhone, it was pretty cool. iPad calls via iPhone,it is nice if you are home and your cell is in another rooom. Wifi needed though. I am sure yuo will enjoy those features. Although some will think it is pointless if you already have a phone.

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds nice. Looking forward to the goodies.

37. AniJapster

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 09, 2009

what time zone did you use to get the IOS8 so early! I'm so doing that so I can get to it.

46. Ketchapp

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

For 99$/year, apple seeds Beta builds of iOS to the iOS Developer Program Members.

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I can't be mad... I am actually glad that Apple customers/fans can get some much needed pizzazz if you will. iOS is just a glorified app drawer but now with all those "original" (Android) features they will experience something new & exciting. We all know why Android is the #1 Mobile OS in the world. Now iOS users will see first hand what it's like to run Android... even if it's an older version of Android.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yes, we do know why it is #1...because it caters to the low-end market. Delude yourself all you like, but the only Android OEM that is doing more than surviving is Samsung, and even they have started to backslide. Selling cheap phones, without making any money on the high end, is all Android has going for it. Men lie, women lie, numbers don't.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's cute. Real cute. In the world there is something called choice. If people don't want Android, they wont buy it. It's actually really, really simple. It's not that they cater to the low-end, it's that Android gives OEM's choices. Android doesn't say please sell to the low-end. The OEM's make that "choice". Why doesn't iOS sell in the low end??? Because they (Apple) "choose" NOT to. Looks like you just fell off your high horse!

19. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

VAST MAJORITY of those people chose a cheap phone, NOT an Android phone.

30. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

stop trolling its annoying . Why don't you just stop it , what good comes out of it ?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I see what you did there. JIGGA LOL. +1

20. stealthd unregistered

You don't have to justify your precious Android every time someone talks about iOS you know. You just come off as desperate. Android wasn't original either btw. Most of its feature came from other platforms as well. You're not even properly giving proper credit where its due.

22. mrochester

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

We already know what it's like to run Android... and that's precisely why we use iOS.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ouch lol. Left hook!

29. mrochester

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

And here's hoping Android fans will eventually get the smooth, consistent and enjoyable experience that us iOS users get. I'm not holding out much hope you'll get it anytime soon though, sadly.

31. AlikMalix unregistered

"Now iOS users will see first hand what it's like to run Android... even if it's an older version of Android." Oh crap, you mean when I get my iOS8 update, my phone will be laggy, this will be the last update I'll ever get, and I'll have to wait for it for the next year or two before my carrier lets me have it? Oh crap, you mean, I'm not gonna have Facetime, iMessage, the wonderful face-to-face service in Apple Store. Oh crap, no more 64bit architecure, no more perfectly working Touch ID FP scanner, no more iMovie, and iWork, and best and exclusive games and apps like I had on iOS so far like Hyperlapse, SkyGamblers (latest games), Godus, BioShock, etc? Oh crap, you mean that I'll have to pull my battery out all the time because my brand new Android phone is freezing due to files corrupting the transfer to my SD? Oh crap, you mean like loosing my photos and contacts out of the blue like people are experiencing on Note 3? Or the sudden battery drain on select Samsung phones? You mean, I will have an OS that never releases anything ground breaking first like Mulit-Touch, App Store, Personal Assistant like Siri, Find my phone and lockout features in case it's stolen? iOS in the car, Health monitoring that's connected to your hospital and your doctor? No more fully customizable notifications screen, per-app permisions, crisp UI that doesnt get in the way. No more changing settings with Siri, No more "find-my-friends", no more using Siri to set up a table for two in my favorite restaurants, no more. And here I thought we're going to get awesome iMessage features, even slower Slow-mo, the best cloud integration with added drive features. Dont forget, we get Google Drive and the rest your precious Google Serives just. like. you!!! And sometimes we get them and their respective updates before you do. God my entire experience with iOS and its ecosystem that was unmached by any platform - is going to be gone - according to SuperAndroidEvo - us Apple users are going to now inherit the MESS that Android was 2 years ago.. Oh The Agony... ... lol... I get it, it pisses you off that Apple users get all the goodness of iOS and now, we get even better versions what bunch of you Android Fans were scraping to justify your reasons for being with Android... Look dude, Android has followed Apple and still copying ideas, some are actually forced by gvmnt. on Android after Apple demonstrated it (remote phone lock, anyone). It followed Apple after the Touchscreen, it followed apple after the AppStore, it followed Apple after Siri, Touch ID, CarPlay. There are hundreds of details that Android still CANNOT DO - release an update for their phones on time (or at all) and to push it - release instant updates for 3-4 years for each of their phones... Even Nexus is cut loose after 18 months - pathetic. It's been a year since Apple introduce 64bit OS, and Android still unable to even try to move there. Man, this post is getting long...

32. AlikMalix unregistered

... continued.. lol.. Android cannot match satisfaction ratings with any phone available - that tells me that all these Anti-apple spamers are full of it - most people do not enjoy their Android - but compare that to Apple users... And I understand if that satisfaction came at only a few users - but look at sales numbers (people are buying more and more, even without seeing it in real life - 16,000,000 preorders) because they have seen it over and over - Apple DOES NOT DISAPOINT. They only ones running around screaming Bloody Hell are android people - I haven't seen one Apple user unsatisfied by their new or a coupe year old phone. ANDROID CANNOT match the sales and on top of that back up with satisfaction ratings!!! THIS MEANS - that overall, android phones are not that good - they're good for a few individuals that need specific things - the rest of that market share are people who cannot afford a flagship - and iphone does not sell NEW designs cheap... But, go ahead "buncha isheep", "apple fools everyone" "only the iDiots buy Apple" and my post is "fanboy propoganda" - Who gives a hoot - all theis anti-apple vomit is disproved by millions on millions of sales of iOS devices... And it makes you ANGRY - and the proof, Apple-hating, iOS-hating, Apple-consumer-hating posts all over PA... Enjoy your rants, that's all you got!!!

33. AlikMalix unregistered

.... no, you also got your Samsung commercials keeping you sane - otherwise you'd never get any sleep over this Apple iPhone/iOS thing that the world is buzzing about...

38. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

You really think 64-bit CPU is important in a device with just 1 GB of RAM? lol, hilarious.

47. Ketchapp

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

You really think that the 1GB of RAM makes a difference when talking about the total addressable memory space? Lol, hilarious.

50. AlikMalix unregistered

All I know is, my iPhone is smooth, crisp and works perfectly. All the apps look great, and work great. All the games are sharp, detailed, no lag, and issues. What difference does it make? I have no limitations to what I can create and consume on my iDevices - Android on the other hand, cannot even get an update on time, run without virus or malware protection, and you need to root it just to rid the device from bloat. You can go for Google Edition - but you're paying full retail, or you can get Nexus but hardware is "meh" - somehow Apple got a great running device with half the specs of super duper android - and it still runs smooth and benchmarks faster. So once again, what difference does it make - when everything works on iOS and works for years...

2. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Starting on September 17th, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5 & 4S are going to lag even more than now LMAO

6. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Such irony.

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