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Apple’s new iOS8 operating system has some great new features that look promising, and many iPhone / iPad users can’t wait to upgrade.

The free update will be available to iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S owners, all iPads except for the first-generation model, and only the latest iPod Touch users.

When: The update will be available at 1 p.m. EST today (Sept 17) But be patient! You’re just one of millions of people trying to tap Apple’s servers at the same time. So if you can wait, wait.

How: Make sure your iPhone or iPad is plugged in. Then go to Settings > General > Software Update, and hit the “Download and Install” button. After it downloads, touch the “Install” button.

If you prefer, you can also download the iOS 8 update on your computer and install it on your device. To do that, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes, then plug your device into your computer, select your device in the menu and click on “Check for Update.” Then click “Download and Update.”

Should you update? There’s a few things to consider before making the decision to upgrade to iOS 8.

IOS 8 will require you to have 1.4 GB of memory free. That means deleting those old photos, podcasts, songs and apps that you don’t care about anymore. If you’re an iCloud user, all of those things will be backed up in the cloud. But if you’re not ready to clear space just yet, you’ll have to wait to download iOS 8.

Some of your apps won’t look perfect or work 100% right after you download iOS 8. Those will get ironed out over the course of a week or so.

If you have an older iPhone or iPad, the newer operating system can slow your iGadget down.