The official iOS 8 is already available and has been downloaded by many users. Those who were testing the iOS Beta version can now upgrade to the latest iOS that Apple is signing. The main aim of a beta version is to allow developers to get to understand the firmware while Apple works on it. This will let them create apps that would take advantage on the features of the upcoming iOS. Public iOS beta programs have also been launched to give users the chance to test the iOS before its official release. Users can reports any issues that they may come across, which will help Apple engineers to work towards improving the firmware. However, iOS beta versions are not stable and there are many things that may fail while you are running them. They are likely to crash so apps or functions may become unresponsive.
You may also have issues configuring tasks but these errors can be expected with a beta version. Now that iOS 8 is finally out, you can upgrade from beta to the public release and the process is very simple. Beta versions have an expiration date so it is important that you move to the new iOS as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that while Apple is currently still signing iOS 7.1.2, they will stop soon and will only sign iOS 8. This means that you would not be able to downgrade from iOS 8 beta to 7.1.2. We will tell you how you can upgrade from iOS 8 beta to the public version that was recently launched.
The first thing to do is to make sure that your device is running the latest version of iTunes. Also make that you have enough space because the new iOS 8 could take over 5GB to complete. This will depend on the model of your device but just in case, free up some space. Follow the below steps to complete the update:
1. Using a USB to Lightening cable, connect your device to your computer
2. Open iTunes and perform a backup to be on the safe side
3. Click on the iPhone/iPad/iPod option, which appears in the upper right
4. Select Update or Restore
5. iTunes should download and install iOS 8 on your device. You can also click on Check for an Update (Holding alt while you click on Mac or holding shift as you click if you are using Windows), then you can find iOS and download clicking the .ipsw file.
In case iTunes gives you a message that states that there is not a newer version to update, you can set your iPad, iPhone or iPod into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode after completing the backup and then restoring. DFU is designed to ensure that the latest version of iOS is downloaded and installed in your iDevice.