Plan ahead for new Mac OS and iOS downloads

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If you're a Mac or iPhone/iPad user, there are a few things to know about when new software upgrades are released. The main thing is that these upgrade files are very large, so if you're downloading them using your Exede Internet service, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The new Mac El Capitan operating system looks to be about 6 gigabytes — that's a very large file. It's expected El Capitan will be available Sept. 30, 2015.

  • The new iPhone operating system, iOS9, is also being released, on Sept. 16. Happily, this download is going to be much smaller (1.3 GB) compared to iOS8 (4.58 GB). You will be able to download iOS9 using your cellphone plan or your Exede plan. Chances are you've got more data to spare (plus the Free Zone, see below) and faster speed with Exede compared to your cellphone service, so you may want to go this route.

  • You can download these updates when you're ready on the Mac App Store. To reduce the impact on your data allowance, download during the Free Zone — if your plan has one. For Exede classic plans, that's midnight to 5 a.m. daily. For Evolution customers, it's 3-5 a.m. daily. If you're on an Exede Freedom plan, you should be able to do these downloads without going near your data allowance. On Liberty, the downloads could put you into Liberty Pass mode, meaning your service would be slowed somewhat during the busy times of the evening. One way to address this would be to do the downloads close to the end of your billing cycle, so your time on Liberty Pass is limited.

  • If you try to download either of these operating systems on the first day of their release, keep in mind you'll be competing with lots of other folks, so the download could take quite some time. But once you've started, try to stick with it. Quitting the download and starting over later just means you're using double the data to get your new stuff.

  • If you do wait for the Free Zone, remember that others are doing the same thing right as the clock strikes midnight or 3 a.m., so waiting an hour (or even until the next night) will likely improve the speed of the download.

  • If you'd like to try using a download manager to schedule these file downloads, take a look at our Help Center article. We don't support any particular one of these; this list is provided for your convenience.

One last thing to keep in mind: Although Apple does extensive beta testing with its software, some computer experts recommend waiting a few days or even a week or two before installing any new OS. That way, any unexpected bugs may have been fixed with a supplemental update. Plus, you're not competing with quite as many people to download it on the first day.

Here's a story about El Capitan on the MacRumors website. 

Here's the MacRumors iOS9 story.

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Good to know thanks for the heads up Alex.