BYOD users: Don't rush into that iOS 8 or iPhone 6 upgrade

While most users can safely upgrade to iOS 8 or a new iPhone 6 without much worry, BYOD users should wait until their IT department gives them the nod that it's safe to do so.

iOS 8 and iPhone 6
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There's always a great deal of interest surrounding iOS releases, and the latest iOS 8 update will be no exception. And when that software update notification hits your iPhone or iPad, you might be tempted — even feel compelled — to join in the download frenzy and install it as soon as possible. But if you use your iPhone or iPad in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) scenario then you might want to hold off on that upgrade.

Before installing the update, it might be a good idea to check with your IT department as to whether they are ready to support iOS 8. Don't guess or assume anything. Unless you've heard specifically that it's OK to go up to iOS 8, get in touch with the department and see what they have to say.

Some on-the-ball IT departments will already be clued up and should be ready to support iOS 8 as soon as it lands, but others might not be, or might be waiting on an update for some critical software.

Prematurely upgrading to iOS 8 without the necessary support could result in critical apps and services that you rely on being buggy or not working at all, and you could find your device locked out of the corporate network.

And remember, as compelling as it might be to kick off that update, once you upgrade your device to iOS 8, there's no rolling back or undoing it, so you could be stuck for some time.

The same applies to upgrading your handset to the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, which will be released this Friday. Remember that these devices run iOS 8, and as such may not initially be supported by your IT department. 

Again, don't guess or assume anything, as it might backfire on you.

There are several other good reasons why you might want to hold off from upgrading to iOS 8, but this one is of particular importance to those who BYOD their iDevices.

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