How To iPhone & iPod Everything You Need to Know About iOS 8 Share Pin Email Print Apple, Inc. iPhone & iPod Key Concepts Basics Installing & Upgrading Guides & Tutorials Tips & Tricks Switching from Android to iPhone by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated March 14, 2019 With the introduction of iOS 8, Apple introduced hundreds of great new features like Handoff and iCloud Drive, improvements to the iOS's user interface, and new built-in apps like Health. Another significant, positive change from earlier versions of the OS had to do with device support. In the past, when a new version of the iOS was released, some older iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models were unable to use certain advanced features available in that version of the iOS. That was not true with iOS 8. Any device that could run iOS 8 could use all of its features. iOS 8 Compatible Apple Devices iPhone iPod Touch iPad iPhone 6 Plus 6th Generation iPod Touch iPad Air 2 iPhone 6 5th Generation iPod Touch iPad Air iPhone 5S 4th Generation iPad iPhone 5C 3rd Generation iPad iPhone 5 iPad 2 iPhone 4S iPad Mini 3 iPad Mini 2 iPad Mini Later iOS 8 Releases Apple released 10 updates to iOS 8. All of those releases continued to be compatible with all devices in the table above. For an overview of and details on the iOS's full release history, check out iPhone Firmware and iOS History. Problems With iOS 8.0.1 Update The iOS 8.0.1 update was notable because Apple withdrew it the day it was released. This about-face came after reports that the update caused problems in the 4G cellular connection and Touch ID fingerprint scanner features of the then-recently released iPhone 6 series models. Apple released iOS 8.0.2, which delivered the same improved features as 8.0.1 and fixed the bugs, the next day. Key iOS 8 Features After the major interface and feature overhauls introduced in iOS 7, iOS 8 wasn't quite as dramatic a change. It used basically the same interface but also delivered some core changes to the OS and some valuable improvements to the apps that came pre-installed on it. Notable iOS 8 features include: Handoff to swap data and tasks between iOS devices and MacsThird-party keyboardsHealth app and HealthKit frameworkApp extensions for sharing features between appsFamily Sharing of iTunes and App Store purchasesiCloud DriveTouch ID support in third-party appsHomeKit for smart home/Internet of Things supportRedesigned Notification CenterSending audio clips in iMessageAirDrop from iOS devices to Macs What If Your Device Isn't iOS 8 Compatible? If your device isn't on this list, it can't run iOS 8 (in some cases — such as the iPhone 6S series or newer — that's because it can only run newer versions). That isn't entirely bad news. Having the latest and greatest features is preferable, but many devices not on this list can run iOS 7, which is a very good operating system in its own right (see the full list of iOS 7-compatible devices). If your device can't run iOS 8, it might be time to consider upgrading to a new phone. Not only will be able to run the latest OS, but you'll also benefit from a ton of valuable new hardware features like a faster processor, longer battery life, and an improved camera. iOS 8 Release History iOS 8.4.1 release: Aug. 13, 2015iOS 8.4 release: June 30, 2015iOS 8.3 release: April 8, 2015iOS 8.2 release: March 2, 2015iOS 8.1.3 release: Jan. 27, 2015iOS 8.1.2 release: Dec. 9, 2014iOS 8.1.1 release: Nov. 17, 2014iOS 8.1 release: Oct. 20, 2014iOS 8.0.2 release: Sept. 25, 2014iOS 8.0.1 release: Sept. 24, 2014 (withdrawn due to bugs)iOS 8 release: Sept. 17, 2014 iOS 9 was released Sept. 16, 2015. Continue Reading Everything You Need to Know About iOS 7 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 4 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 9 Start Work on a Mac, Finish on iPhone (and Vice Versa) Using Handoff Everything You Need to Know About iOS 11 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 6 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 10 iOS: A Complete Version History Download Manuals for Every iPad Model Here Let's Check Out the Key Features of tVOS, from tvOS9 to tvOS 12 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 12 Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music Everything You Need to Know About Apple HomeKit Set up Your New iPhone With This Simple Tutorial iOS 13: What You Need to Know Should You Upgrade Your iPhone 4 to iOS 7?