Apple Delivers iOS 8, Which It Calls 'Biggest iOS Release Ever'
Apple's long-awaited iOS 8 operating system upgrade is now available to users, bringing many new features as well as new risks.Apple's released its iOS 8 operating system with a full array of new capabilities and new features, but you might want to wait a bit before installing it on your Apple devices, from iPhones to tablets to laptops and more. As with all new major software packages, early-adopters can run into glitches and issues that later users might not experience, so a bit of waiting can be a good thing to consider. The new OS was made available by Apple on Sept. 17 as part of a scheduled update and is downloadable by all users for free. Apple is calling iOS 8 "the biggest iOS release ever." For those who take the plunge and just can't wait for the new iOS 8 to be installed on their devices, Apple said you'll have a lot to enjoy and explore, including enhanced features relating to photos, messaging, file sharing and device interconnections, according to the company.
"iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos," the company said in its announcement. "A whole new way to share content with your family. And exciting new connections between apps and between devices. All that and more make iOS 8 the biggest iOS release ever."
Among the enhancements are easier ways to find and edit the photos, as well as the ability to add a user's voice into a text message, according to the company. "Let your health and fitness apps communicate with each other, with your trainer, and even with your doctor. We've also provided developers with deeper access and more tools. You'll have new keyboard options and even more ways to share your content. And you'll be able to use iCloud and Touch ID in ways you never have before."
The iOS 8 updates come just two days before Apple is releasing its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones already topped 4 million preorders within 24 hours of the preorder process being opened, Apple announced on Sept. 15. Apple is advising customers that many devices won't be delivered until October due to overwhelming demand.