Up­grade your iOS de­vice

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ou can’t up­grade an iOS de­vice in the same way as you tra­di­tion­ally could with a Mac. You can’t add more RAM, you can’t re­place the solid-state stor­age in an 8GB iPhone 5c to boost its stor­age to 64GB, and you can’t plug in an ex­ter­nal RAID disk to give you space to store more movies and mu­sic. But iOS de­vices can have their hard­ware up­graded and aug­mented in ways you might not re­alise. While some of th­ese so­lu­tions aren’t as neat or as cheap as their equiv­a­lent in­ter­nal up­grades you can carry out on a Mac, it’s worth be­ing aware of them – they might just be the thing that gets your iOS de­vice sol­dier­ing on un­til your next up­grade is due.

YWish you’d bought big­ger?

If you bought an 8 or 16GB iOS de­vice and have added more than a hand­ful of sim­ple apps or want to carry around more than a cou­ple of movies and al­bums, it’s likely you wished you’d bought some­thing big­ger. Ac­ces­sories can help.

You can con­nect your iOS de­vice to an ex­ter­nal drive such as the La­Cie Fuel. It’s wire­less rather than con­nect­ing us­ing ca­bles, and it has its own built-in bat­tery – great for kids on long car jour­neys. If you have a spare 2.5-inch hard disk hang­ing around, you can put it in a wire­less en­clo­sure such as the Ma­cally WiFi-HDD to get the same ef­fect (but cheaper). You can’t use this stor­age just like the stor­age inside your iPhone – you can’t run apps from there, for ex­am­ple – but you can use it to store me­dia that you ac­cess through a spe­cific app.

Mu­sic al­ways with you

One way to rec­on­cile hav­ing a big col­lec­tion of mu­sic but only a small iPhone is to sub­scribe to Ap­ple’s iTunes Match ser­vice. For £21.99 a year, Ap­ple will let you stream your mu­sic col­lec­tion from the cloud, and that goes both for mu­sic you bought from the iTunes Mu­sic Store and by match­ing tracks on the Store with CDs you’ve im­ported your­self. And even if Ap­ple doesn’t have any par­tic­u­larly ob­scure tracks that you im­ported into your iTunes li­brary, it will up­load them from your Mac. Now, you don’t have to have your mu­sic li­brary tak­ing up space on your iPhone at all – you can stream it all over Wi-Fi or, so long as you’ve got enough data in your ser­vice plan, over 3G, too. (You can also stream movies and TV shows bought from the iTunes Store; like with mu­sic pur­chases made just from the Store, that doesn’t re­quire iTunes Match, but there’s no iTunes Match equiv­a­lent for movies you might have ripped into your iTunes Li­brary.)

Of course, none of that is any good if your iOS runs out of juice half way through the day, but hap­pily, you can hugely ex­tend the life of its bat­tery. We’re not just talk­ing ex­ter­nal bat­tery packs, ei­ther – though of course those are the eas­i­est op­tion and come in sizes even big­ger than the in­ter­nal bat­tery so you can keep go­ing for days – but ac­tu­ally re­plac­ing the bat­tery inside an iPhone is eas­ier than you think.

The 4 and 4s are the gen­er­a­tions of iPhones with the eas­i­est to re­place in­ter­nal bat­tery; it’s a sim­ple mat­ter of un­screw­ing the rear cover and pop­ping out the worn cells. Later mod­els need to be pulled apart with sucker cups, but with pa­tience and care it can be done. You can even add ex­tra bat­tery ca­pac­ity and ex­tra stor­age at once with the Mo­phie Space Pack.

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