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 Writer 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. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated January 08, 2020 Apple introduced hundreds of great new features in iOS 8, like Handoff and iCloud Drive, improvements to the iOS's interface, and important built-in apps like Health. Another significant improvement over earlier versions of the OS involved device support. In the past, when a new version of the iOS was released, some older iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models were blocked from using some advanced features of that version of the iOS. 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 Problems With the iOS 8.0.1 Update The iOS 8.0.1 update had serious problems. In fact, Apple withdrew it the day it was released. It made this move after reports that the update caused problems with the 4G cellular internet connection and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the then-new iPhone 6 series. Apple fixed the bugs and released iOS 8.0.2, which delivered the same improved features as 8.0.1, the next day. Key iOS 8 Features After the major interface and feature changes introduced in iOS 7, iOS 8 wasn't so dramatic a change. It used basically the same interface but also delivered some valuable improvements to the OS and the pre-loaded apps. Important new iOS 8 features include: Handoff to swap data and tasks between iOS devices and Macs.Support for Third-party keyboards.Health app and HealthKit framework.App extensions to allow the sharing of features between apps.Family Sharing for purchases from the iTunes and App Store.iCloud Drive.Touch ID support in third-party apps.HomeKit for smart home/Internet of Things support.Redesigned Notification Center.Sending audio clips in iMessage.AirDrop from iOS devices to Macs. What If Your Device Isn't iOS 8 Compatible? If your device isn't in the table above list, it can't run iOS 8 (in some cases, that's because it can only run newer versions). That isn't entirely bad news. Having the latest and greatest features is always best, but many older devices can run iOS 7, which is a very good operating system. Check out our full list of iOS 7-compatible devices and iOS 7 features. If your device can't run iOS 8, it might be time to consider upgrading to a new phone. Not only will you be able to run the latest OS, but you'll also get a ton of valuable new features like a faster processor, longer battery life, and an improved camera. Not sure what new iPhone to get? We've got tips in How to Pick the Best iPhone for You. Later iOS 8 Releases Apple released 10 updates to iOS 8. All of those releases were 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. 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 Start Work on a Mac, Finish on iPhone (and Vice Versa) Using Handoff Everything You Need to Know About iOS 9 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 11 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 6 iOS: A Complete Version History Everything You Need to Know About iOS 10 Download Manuals for Every iPad Model Here Everything You Need to Know About iOS 5 Everything You Need to Know About iPhone Face ID Set up Your New iPhone With This Simple Tutorial Everything to Know About the 1st Gen. iPad iOS 13: What You Need to Know Let's Check Out the Key Features of tVOS, from tvOS9 to tvOS 13 Should You Upgrade Your iPhone 4 to iOS 7? How Does iTunes Match Work?