You don’t need to update, but it’s almost always a good idea. Updates provide us with a measure of comfort by contributing a number of things:
• Generally, a slightly faster, and more reliable device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac).
• Usually a number of new and improved features that make day-to-day use more enjoyable.
• Security updates that help protect our devices from nasty hackers.
• Bug fixes that repair problems discovered before the update.
A better question may be: Why wouldn’t you want to update your device? Here are a few reasons to update:
• It’s free (Apple never charges for updates).
• It’s easy to do (Follow the steps below).
• You will receive bug fixes and new features.
• Get a leg up on your kids and grand kids (beat them by updating first).
Here is how to get started…
1. On an IOS device (e.g. iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
a. Look at the connector at the bottom of your device – where you plug it in to recharge the battery. If it has the older wider 20 pin connector you cannot upgrade your device to IOS 10. Sorry. If you have the newer, small “Lightning Connector” you can update to IOS 10.
b. Make sure your device is attached to the charging cable and is at least 50% charged.
c. Now go into “Settings” (it looks like a gear). Next press on the word “General”. Finally press on the words “Software Update”. The software should now be downloading, verifying, installing and then restarting the device. Once the restart has begun, you’ll see a black screen, then a white Apple logo, and then a progress bar. This should happen twice and then the update will be complete.
2. On an Apple Watch (updating the Apple Watch from watchOS 2 to watchOS 3)
a. Make sure your iPhone has been updated to IOS 10 (this is required).
b. Connect your iPhone to its battery charger.
c. Connect your Apple Watch to its battery charger.
d. In the Watch app on your iPhone scroll down the screen until you see the “General” icon. Press on the word “General”. Next, press on the words “Software Update”. The software should now be downloading (to the Apple Watch), verifying, installing and then restarting the device. Once the restart has begun, you’ll see a black screen, then a white Apple logo, and then a progress circle. This should happen twice and then the update will be complete.
3. On an Apple TV (Hardware Version 4)
a. Start at the main menu of your Apple TV.
b. Go to the settings menu (the Gear icon).
c. Scroll down until you see the word “System” and then click on it.
d. Now look below and find the words “Software Updates” and then click on it.
e. Now click on the words “Update Software”.
f. If the system needs to be updated, the software download will begin. The Apple will automatically restart upon completion.
4. On a Mac computer (all newer models that use Mac OS 10 or newer)
a. Start at the top left of the screen. Click on the “Apple” icon.
b. The menu will drop down, and you need to click on the “App Store” menu item.
c. Make sure you click on the word “Featured”.
d. You should see the icon for “Mac OS 10 Sierra Update”. Click on this icon to begin downloading and installing the update. This is a large update and will take at least an hour to download and install. You can check on the progress by clicking on the words “Purchased” in the App Store.
Apple has made free user guides for all of the updates. If you have iBooks installed on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac you can go to the “Featured” menu and search for the books:
• iPhone Users Guide for IOS 10
• iPad Users Guide for IOS 10
• iPod Touch Users Guide for IOS 10
• Apple Watch Users Guide
• Apple TV Users Guide
• MacBook Essentials
• MacBook Pro Essentials
• MacBook Air Essentials
• iMac Essentials
These free digital books provided by Apple are a great way to learn about the new and improved features. They’re also excellent reference guides for the “How do I…” questions that often come up.