With the release of each new version of the operating system for all product owners Apple a natural question arises: how do they update iOS on his iPad(or another gadget). And do they need it at all. We will try to describe in detail: what is it for and how to do it in the best way.
Why do I need to update
For all users who want to squeeze the most out of their tablet, a software update is vital. This is primarily due to the fact that most utilities for Apple devices are developed specifically for the latest versions of the OS. These programs may simply not start on iPad with old firmware. As a result, the user of such a device cannot fully (as efficiently as possible) use his property.
To install updated software, you can contact specially trained people working in service centers. True, this service is paid and quite expensive. Or you can try to figure it out on your own. Over, this does not require any specific knowledge and skills. Any modern person, if he finds some free time, will be able to cope with this operation on his own and without much difficulty.
Currently, the latest version of software for Apple devices is iOS 11.3. New features of augmented reality appeared in it, making it the world’s largest AR platform. A few days ago, Apple released an update 11.3.1 (15E302), where I fixed the problem with a non-working touchscreen in non-original displays.
How to update iOS on the iPad: preliminary preparation
Experienced people recommend a clean install of iOS. It consists in the preliminary deletion of all previously recorded data on the device. This greatly improves the further operation of the tablet (or smartphone). But first, the user needs to take a series of actions that will protect him from possible problems, namely:
- Back up data (backup);
- Copy the old version of the OS (in case you suddenly want to return to it later);
- To prepare enough free space in memory (the update has a large amount of several GB);
- Make sure that the device is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi (you will have to download a lot).
It is strongly recommended that you connect the tablet to a power source (or the battery should be charged to the maximum). The operation is very energy-intensive, and if the battery runs out during the installation process, you will have to start all over again.
In order to install the new version, you need to download the firmware file using the wireless update mechanism (Firmware Over The Air). The operation is performed in the “Settings” application (“Settings” “Main” “Software Update“). You can also use iTunes and your computer (laptop) to install updated software.
How to update iOS on the iPad using pc
This method is the only one possible for Apple devices older than version 5. For all the more “young” smartphones and tablets, a wireless update has become available.
First you need to make sure that you have iTunes the latest version (if not, then you need to update it). During the installation of iTunes, you will also need to install iCloud (to be able to use the repository). After installing these programs, connect your tablet to the PC and start installing the update.
If the system has already been updated previously, the software update on your iPad will go automatically.
- We start iTunes, and when the update request appears, click “Cancel.”
- Then you need to connect the device and wait a while until automatic synchronization begins. If this does not happen, select the “File” section in the menu and click “Synchronize”.
- Select the connected iPad in the “Devices” section.
- On the screen of your tablet, click “Update.”
The process has begun. The update will take some time, during which the device will reboot several times. This is a regular process, there should be no reason for concern.
How to update iOS on the iPad wirelessly
This feature is available to all Apple devices from version 5 and higher. The method is simpler and faster than using a computer. But you need to care about the availability of sustainable access to a Wi-Fi point. In the absence of such a connection, the iPad will download gigabytes through a 3G / 4G connection, which in the end will eat most of your monthly Internet traffic. Have to buy, pay for additional traffic.
Installing an operating system update is performed in the following sequence:
- We enter the section “Settings“;
- We find the subsection “The main“(In the left column);
- Select item “Software Update“;
- We start the operation “Download and install“.
The process starts automatically. It usually does not last long (the duration depends on the speed of Wi-Fi). After the update is completed, the iPad will reboot and the user will immediately have the opportunity to use the newly acquired software features. And there are enough of them in the new version.
How to update iOS on the iPad: major changes in the OS
Each new firmware has new features that were not available to the user before. In iOS 11.3, the main changes concern the expansion of opportunities for using augmented reality. Updated platform ARKit 1.5allows you to create and place virtual objects not only on horizontal surfaces, but also on vertical ones. This gives great opportunities when choosing design options for an apartment or office. You can not only (as in previous versions) arrange virtual cabinets and chests of drawers, but you can also experiment with different types of wallpaper, wall lamps, shelves, etc.
Also, in the new version of the OS, the Health application was further developed, information on the state of the battery will be displayed, in Apple music clips will appear. In general, the user will have something to figure out by studying the changes that have occurred in his mobile device.