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Small Tweaks Make Apple’s iOS 8 a Game-Changer

Apple's latest version of its mobile operating system is finally here – the company unveiled the iOS 8 at last ni...

Small Tweaks Make Apple’s iOS 8 a Game-Changer

Apple's latest version of its mobile operating system is finally here – the company unveiled the iOS 8 at last night's conference opening. Despite the significant buzz, the new version doesn't differ much from the iOS 7, but it does pack many tweaks, from both end user’s and the developer’s perspectives.

 

Interactive Notifications

Often find yourself flicking through your images when you suddenly receive an email you have to answer right away? No problem! With iOS 8 Interactive Notifications you can switch between apps – simply pull down the notification banner and reply immediately.

 

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Improved Mail

iOS 8 allows users to flag, delete, forward, or do whatever you want with your emails, without even having to open them. Mail is also integrated with Calendar, so you can easily add events.

 

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Spotlight

Can't find what you're looking for? Searches have been improved with iOS 8 as well, making it easy to find media content, from film information to albums on iTunes. Spotlight also shows results about apps not yet installed that might be of interest to the user.

 

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QuickType

The on-screen keyboard is upgraded through predictive suggestions, making the smartphone even smarter. This feature implies that iOS 8 will collect a certain amount of personal data from each user, but Apple has reassured the public that privacy will remain a priority.

 

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Third-party Keyboards

You read that right. Third-party keyboards will join the Apple platform. SwiftKey and Swype (who have already made keyboards for Android) and Fleksy will all be creating keyboards for iOS 8.

 

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iMessaging

Someone at Apple noticed that iMessage was losing the popularity contest with new kids on the block like SnapChat and WhatsApp. The new iMessage will allow users to send messages that will auto-delete after a certain amount of time. Users can also send audio and video messages and even respond to audio messages by speaking directly into their iPhones.

 

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FaceTime

Frequent video chatters will be happy to hear that FaceTime will now include a call-waiting feature.

 

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Continuity

Continuity allows iOS and Mac users to share content easily among different devices. So, if a friend rings you up but your phone is not nearby, you can use your Mac as a speakerphone. Or, if you receive a text message, the iPhone will pass it on to your laptop.

 

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HealthBook

Apple is finally opening their ecosystem to third parties with the new iOS 8. Third-party partners will provide access to their data so that users can track a variety of health variables, and Healthbook will collate and store the information collected from all tracking apps. So, feel free to take measurements whenever you like.

 

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HomeKit

And, there it is! Apple's idea for a connected home – the HomeKit. With this smart home platform, you can open your garage door and dim the lights before bed, all with your iPhone. According to Apple, the best home automation companies are working very hard to provide a strong and secure wireless protocol.

 

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iCloud

The iOS 8 includes support for iCloud, where you can store all your photos in the iCloud photo library. You can also view and edit photos from other devices, as the iCloud syncs with iPhone, Mac, iPad and Windows.

 

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Family Sharing

Family Sharing is a clever sharing feature that lets a closed group of six people share a calendar, apps, and content purchases. Family Sharing also lets parents monitor their younger children and control purchases via iTunes.

 

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Siri is Smarter

With the latest update to iOS 8, Siri can be activated by saying, “Hey Siri,” which can be very handy while driving. If you hear a song you don't know, just ask Siri, as song recognition is now possible with a little help from Shazam.

 

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Availability

Developers will get the iOS 8 beta version for free. Everyone else can get it as a free update for the iPhone 4s and newer, fifth generation iPods, and for the iPad 2 and newer, from September.

 

Stay tuned for more developments from Apple’s WWDC -- all on “Yosemite” is coming soon!  


 

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