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Preparing for the transition to iOS 10: what you need to do before upgrading iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

The public release of iOS version 10 is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13. In anticipation of the release of highly anticipated updates is the time to prepare your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to switch to the new OS. Of course, if you plan to upgrade your device. In this article we will explain how to check your smartphone or tablet compatibility with “nine”, “clean up” the device, make backups, and perform other necessary procedures.

1. Check the compatibility

iOS 10 is designed for models with processors of the latest generation. Attempts to make the OS compatible with older versions of the iPhone and iPad would be inevitably caused problems. The result would have to create a separate version of the OS, effectively accepted obsolete equipment.

The list of supported iOS 10 devices were published by Apple with the release of the first beta in June. “Ten” will be able to install all of the owners of gadgets that are now deployed iOS 9 excluding iPhone 4s, iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPod touch 5G.

A list of devices that support iOS 10:

iPhone

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5

iPad

  • the iPad Pro, the 12.9
  • iPad Pro, of 9.7
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad 4

iPod touch

  • iPod touch 6G

In the list of compatible devices missing and outdated. As told in the Apple, the owners of smartphones and tablets, released in 2011 and 2012 respectively, will not be eligible to update to iOS 10. In this part of the operating system will not be available on smartphones and tablets Apple previous generations. But in General they will remain a part of the updated ecosystem.

2. Installed the beta version of iOS 10? Update to iOS 10 GM or do a rollback to iOS 9.3.5

Some iPhone and iPad users have already updated their devices to iOS beta firmware for 10, but not everyone knows that any test firmware has a validity period after which the device will turn into a “brick”. Will have to upgrade to the official version, or revert the device to iOS 9. So do not delay and upgrade right now to iOS 10 GM, or make a downgrade.

It is understood that you will not be able to install the GM build of “over the air”. Formally, this firmware is intended for developers and is placed on the gadget via iTunes. Public version of iOS 10 will be available for installation directly from your mobile device.

3. Clean the device

Before installing iOS 10 it makes sense to part with the unused games and apps. This measure is not mandatory, however, it never hurts to get rid of unnecessary software before installing a big update. Removing the software from your device, you have nothing to lose – restore any app from the App Store.

In General, preparing to upgrade – a great opportunity to clean up the device. Unnecessary applications mentioned above, but you can remove also temporary files, cache, history, web surfing, cookies, logs and other debris. More on this can be found in the articles:

  • How to clean iPhone and iPad junk files using PhoneClean
  • iCleaner 5: deep cleaning the operating system iPhone and iPad

Using the software, you can free on your iPhone and iPad from 500 MB to 5 GB for a couple of minutes.

4. Install the updates from the App Store

On devices with a large number of third-party applications, it is recommended to install the latest updates from the App Store. During the testing phase 10 iOS, many developers have released new versions of the software. Installing the current version, you can be sure your applications are compatible with iOS 10. Download the update from the App Store –> Updates.

5. Check available space

File iOS 10 weighs about 2 GB, while the device must have at least 2.5 GB of free memory to install the OS. This does not mean that a dozen is more space – additional space needed to extract the files and run the upgrade process. To know the amount of memory available on iPhone and iPad, go to General –> About device.

By the way, iOS 10 weighs much less than previous versions. For example, the iPhone 128 GB with iOS 9 installed offers users only 113 GB of free space after installing iOS 10 this figure will increase to 122 GB. For the 16-Gigabyte iPhone with iOS 9 access to 11.9 GB, and after installing iOS 10 – 12,85 GB.

6. Make a backup copy of the data

Many users use iOS devices as the main gadget for taking pictures and videos. And hardly anyone wants to lose important moments of your life captured on digital images, unsuccessfully updating the firmware. To securely store photos or videos, it is recommended to make a backup. This can be done through iTunes, and iCloud. This will increase your chances of successful recovery in case of loss.

iTunes: connect your device to computer, start iTunes, select it in the upper pane and click Create backup.

iCloud: for iPhone and iPad go to Settings –> iCloud –> Backup –> Backup to iCloud.

Always back up before updating software on their devices. This applies to all major updates such as iOS 10.

7. A jailbreak?

MacDigger watching jailbreak-trends in the world of Apple, so our first duty is to warn users of jailbroken iPhone and iPad on the absence at the moment of exploits for untethered jailbreak of iOS 10. When you upgrade to the new OS you will lose the current jailbreak. While iOS 9.3.3 is not possible.

According to rumors, the hackers of Pangu prepare an exploit for untethered jailbreak of iOS 10. However, this information is attributed to the category of rumors. Wait for official statements, then update iPhone and iPad to the new OS. The best option now is to stay on iOS 9.3.3 until then, until it becomes clear, whether there is a jailbreak for iOS 10 or not. Everything should be resolved within a few days after the update.

8. Wait for the release

After following the above steps you will have to wait until September 13 to install the OS. To install iOS 10 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will be enough to go into the settings of the operating system in Main menu –> software Update to confirm the download of the firmware.

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