iOS 8 now available on iPhones and iPads

Apple’s released the latest version of iOS into the wild, but some people are having trouble downloading it, as it requires a lot of free space on their handsets. Here’s what’s new, and what to do if you’re struggling to get it.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be out tomorrow, but those aren't the only notable Apple releases this week - iOS 8 is now available too.

In terms of design, the new version of the iPhone and iPad operating system looks much like iOS 7, with the same flat icons and menus. However, it brings with it a raft of new features, security fixes and improvements.

Among the new additions are interactive notifications, which let you respond to messages, social posts and other such things without having to fully open the app to do so - a great time saver. The Messages app is also improved, and now lets you send sound with messages, start group conversations, send videos and more.

A new feature called Health gathers data from various health and fitness apps, including heart rate, calories burned, and cholesterol, and provides a complete overview in one place - a welcome addition if you take your health seriously. He typed while munching on a Jaffa cake.

Third-party keyboards are now supported, and Apple's improved its own, with suggested words appearing above the keyboard as you type. It's much easier to find things on the phone too, as Apple's Spotlight tool, which searches the device for particular apps and data, has been given a much-needed overhaul.

Some users have run into a bit of a problem, though - the update file requires a hefty 5.7GB of space to download. That's a big chunk of memory - more than double the free capacity of a 16GB handset - and for those with iPhones crammed with photos, video, apps, music and more, it's more space than they have available.

So what can you do about it? If space is at a premium, you can download the update via iTunes on PC or Mac.

However, if you don't have a computer available, you'll have to clear some capacity on your device. To find out what's taking up the most space, go to the settings menu and pick General > Usage. That will tell you which apps are taking up the most room, and let you delete them. Bear in mind, it may take a while to load the full list - be patient.

It's likely photos and videos will comprise a lot of MBs, so a bit of a cull might be in order. If you want to keep everything, you can back them up to iCloud. If you need more online storage, you can upgrade to a monthly plan, from 79p a month.

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