iOS 8 Sync iPhone with Laptop for iTunes Download: How Big is iOS 8 Update; How Much Space Does it Need?

September 16, 2014 Updated: September 17, 2014

iTunes can be used as means to download iOS 8, which comes out Wednesday, Sept. 17. Some some, it requires 4.7 GB to 5.8 GB of memory, according to many users. But others said it only needs 1.1 GB.

It can be downloaded here.

The iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPad Mini (2nd generation) will get the update. The iPhone 4 won’t get it.

However, the iPhone 4 won’t get the update. 

One can see how much space they have on their device by hitting Settings > General > Usage. It should show a list of apps and the memory–with photos usually taking up the most space.

Before that happens, you should see a pop-up notification on your device.

It’s recommended to update one’s apps before downloading the update because some might not work in iOS 8.

The update requires at least a reported 4.7 GB of memory. One can see how much space they have on their device by hitting Settings > General > Usage.

To download the latest iOS, users have to plug their device into a power source, connect to WiFi, and click on the Software Update button on the Settings app.

Before that happens, you should see a pop-up notification on your device.

The update should take only a few minutes unless there’s server problems, which in that case, the download could take hours.

There’s also a way to download it via iTunes, but you will have to connect your device to a computer that has iTunes installed. The iTunes version should be updated to the latest one available so as to mitigate any problems. The current version iTunes that’s out is 11.4.

Connect the device to the computer and one should see a message that says a software update is available. After that, click on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in the Devices list before clicking the Update button.

After that, it will prompt you to download and install iOS 8. Don’t disconnect your device and make sure it has enough power, or plug it in.

Barring errors, the update should take only a few minutes.

Associated Press update:

Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album 

NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy that U2’s new album, “Songs of Innocence,” was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.

U2 played at an Apple event last week that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker’s new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the new album would be given to the company’s 500 million iTunes users. The release showed up in users’ iTunes music libraries. The company said Monday that 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed the free album.

But some iTunes users took to Twitter to complain and ask how to remove it. While it was already possible to delete the album, Apple’s tool makes it possible in one step.