It’s iOS 8 release day today! If you have a compatible device capable of installing and running iOS 8, then it’s that time of the year again when you should be making a full backup, absorbing the release schedule in your territory and preparing yourself to enter the lottery that is progressing past Apple’s authentication servers.

Apple’s latest iteration of its powerful mobile operating system will be available to download tomorrow. The initial unveiling of iOS 8 this summer lifted the lid on an operating system that is a direct continuation of the major changes introduced as part of the previous year’s iOS 7 overhaul. Unlike the introduction of iOS 7, iOS 8 represents a more evolutionary progression for Apple, with a number of important improvements complimenting that hard work that has already been put in over the last 24-months.

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Apple has shown us in recent times that it is ready to break tradition and try new things. The introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is one such example that proves the fresh new approach of the company. However, some things are unlikely to change, and if we take a glance back at previous release times for the various iterations of iOS then we immediately see that Tim Cook’s men like to flip the switch at 10am PDT (Pacific Time). We have no official word from the powers that be at Apple, but it’s fairly likely that iOS 8 will be readily available at 10am PT / 1pm ET in the United States. We can provide relatively accurate times in other territories based on that prediction.

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We are all just excited, waiting for the official launch of the software as much as the next iPhone or iPad owner. We want all of our readers to be as prepared as possible for when the update finally goes live tomorrow, leaving you in the best possible position to get in on your device immediately to start interacting with the plethora of improvements and new features.

United Kingdom residents; make sure you’re around at 6pm British Summer Time. If you’re lucky enough to be a resident of Casablanca then 6pm is the time to mark in your diary. You get the picture.

iOS 8 release time zones

* indicates adjustment for daylight saving time (DST) or summer time.

iOS 8 is compatible with the iPod touch 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and of course, Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. From an iPad perspective, you can get iOS 8 on iPad 2, iPad with Retina, iPad Air, iPad mini and the iPad mini with Retina display. Make sure you take a thorough glance over the attached release schedule to get a better understanding of the times relating to your area.

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