At Apple’s Special Event today, the Cupertino-based company announced the release date for iOS 8 – the latest version of it’s mobile operating system. iOS 8 will be released on September 17th.
With iOS 8, users can now easily send voice messages inside the messages app just with a single touch. You can also easily send video messages as well – also with a single tap. Group messages are a big part of iMessage and you can now take charge of them. You can name the messages – for example, surprise party or road trip. You easily select who you want in the group message and you can finally leave a group message. Have you ever wanted to meet up but your friend doesn’t know where you are? You can now easily send your location so that your friend, or the group message, knows where to find you. Do you and your friends send a lot of pictures in group messages? You can now view all of the photos and videos shared within a message – a lot like Facebook Messenger.
Updated Keyboard with Third-Party Support
The keyboard within iOS 8 has seen vast improvements. The new autocomplete features means that you easily send an entire message in just a few taps because your phone intelligently predicts what you want to say. Apple have also opened the doors to third-party keyboard developers so expect to see a lot of keyboards that you can find on Android coming over to iOS.
Family Sharing is a new way of sharing the purchases across six different iTunes account. Say your Brother buys an album on his iTunes account, you can access it on yours. Parents can also approve their kid’s purchases right from their device. You can easily set up a family calendar that keeps track on what everyone is up to and create a shared photo stream just for family pictures.
With iCloud Drive, you can share any type of file across your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Windows PC – sort of like Dropbox. On the desktop, you’re given a folder where you can drag and drop files to be synced to your devices. On mobile you can access files via enabled apps. Start a document on your phone with Pages, finish it on your MacBook as it automatically syncs.
The new Health app gives you an easy to read dashboard for all of your health and fitness data. With the HealthKit tool, developers can allow their apps to work together via Health. Do you use multiple health and fitness apps and are tired of going into each of them individually to check your data? With Health all of that data is presented in a nice-looking dashboard for your viewing pleasure. You can also set up an emergency ID that displays on your lockscreen just in case.
If you live in the Apple-ecosystem then this is a really big deal. With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, your devices speak to each other like never before. You can now answer phone calls directly from your iPad or Mac – without even touching your phone. Handoff now let’s you pick up from where you left off. If you start making a presentation via Keynote on your Mac, you can pick that right up on your iPad. You can also view not just iMessages but Text Messages on your iPad and Mac – and reply to them. If you use the Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone, your Mac now connects to it instantly – without entering a password.
Spotlight has now been improved. Instead of just searching for things that are on your phone, Spotlight can now find search results on the web. It now gives suggestions for Wikipedia articles, iTunes store results, Movie showtimes, News and Nearby places.
iOS 8 is compatible with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s,. The iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina Display. iPad 2, 3rd Generation, 4th Generation, Air and the 5th Generation iPod Touch.