Apple is expected to announce the release of iOS 9.3 at next week’s event, which means that you have a few days to get your hardware ready for the upgrade.
Here’s what you need to do to make sure that things go smoothly for you.
Will you get iOS 9.3?
First things first – will you get iOS 9.3?
Here is a complete list of the devices that are supported by iOS 9.3:
To know what device you have, use this page to decipher the model number which you can find on the back of the device or under Settings > General > About > Model.
Backup your data
Before you do anything major such as upgrading your device you need to make sure that you have a backup just in case things don’t go smoothly. You can either back up your data to iCloud, or if you don’t have enough space you can take the old-school road and connect your iPhone or iPad to a PC and do the backup through iTunes.
Details on how to carry out a backup can be found here. If you want to do an encrypted backup, information on how to do that can be found here.
Spring clean your device
Chances are good that your iPhone or iPad has accumulated a lot of detritus over the months and years, so what better time to get rid of it than now. While iOS 9.x releases don’t need as much free space to install as earlier releases, getting rid of apps that you no longer use – or perhaps have never used – makes good sense.
Update your apps
If you’ve not updated your apps in a while then this is a good time to do so because a lot of the apps will have been updated to make them compatible with iOS 9.
Find the App Store app, tap on it and then click on Update. Once in there you can kick off the update process.
Put your photos in the cloud
Another thing you can do is to upload your photos to the cloud. CNET has an excellent rundown of some of the free services that you can use for this.
Know your passwords
Following the upgrade you’ll need to enter your iCloud password in order to be able to reconnect to all your data and photos. If you don’t have this close to hand – remember, having it on the device you’re upgrading isn’t all that convenient – then this might be a good time to do that.
Also, if your iTunes backup is encrypted, then remember that you’ll need that password if something goes wrong!
Don’t upgrade until there is a confirmed jailbreak for iOS 9.3.
You might want to wait
If your iPhone or iPad is critical to your daily life, you might want to give it a few days before upgrading to see in case any show-stopping bugs appear.
I’ve been running the public betas for some time now and not come across anything, but you never know what might sneak in at the last minute.
Get ready, IT admins
If you’re an IT admin then you need to be prepared for people to upgrade the moment iOS 9.3 is released.
While most apps and mobile device management software should work fine, it’s worth spending a little time making sure. If you come across issues, remember to get the message out for people to hold off upgrading as soon as possible, and definitely before iOS 9.3 is released.