Can I skip IOS updates?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bsbfan, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. bsbfan macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2012
    I still never updated from the latest major update to IOS7 months ago, is it safe to do IOS 8?
  2. spazma7ik macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2009
    Have you thought about switching to Android? That way you don't ever even have to worry about it as they won't even release an update.
  3. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    if you fill your iPhone up so it doesn't auto download the update. Sure it won't install anyway but I mean you won't loose space by it auto downloading.
  4. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    iTunes will present you with the appropriate update for your phone. Given that you'll be going from and older iOS 7 version and iOS 8 is a major revision, I'd be absolutely shocked if iTunes didn't just let you go straight to 8 as it's going to be replacing virtually everything in the OS.

    (same deal for an OTA update)
  5. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    You can if you want, but why do you skip updates. Some of them add better security or better functionality. If you let it do OTA updates it is pretty painless.
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yeah if you still live in 2012. Most of the big names are releasing updates regularly especially HTC.

    You can now delete the downloaded updates, so I wouldn't worry about wasted space.
  7. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Could you safely jump from 7.0 to 8.0? Yeah. Apple hasn't been requiring interim updates for iOS ("To update to 7.1.2 you must first install 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.1, and 7.1.1..." Not.). You can update to the latest version, from any older version, so long as your equipment is compatible with the latest version.

    It's working the same way on OS X these days, too. You can go directly from Snow Leopard to Mavericks, skipping both Lion and Mountain Lion.

    Of course, "Is it safe?" is a loaded question. I've been beta testing software since the mid 1990s, so I don't worry about the x.0 release. If there's a problem, it's most likely something I can deal with. If you'd rather wait until it's been "perfected," then by all means, wait for 8.1, 8.2, 8.9.999...

    But from the standpoint of overall safety? Don't do a software update unless you know you have a good backup. If your backup is in iCloud, go into iCloud settings and 'Backup Now' before you update. Updating via iTunes/computer tends to be faster than wi-fi updates. Plus, it automatically creates a backup, and also avoids most "insufficient space" problems. It seems a bit old-fashioned to me, but there's nothing wrong with that.
  8. bsbfan thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2012
    Let me clarify, it does OTA updates but not the major like 7.1 or so updates to the IOS. The IOS 7. whatever that came out probably early summer is the one I still have yet to hit download.

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