10 Major iOS 8 Enhancements You'll Discover on Sept. 17

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-09-12
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Major iOS 8 Enhancements You'll Discover on Sept. 17

    by Don Reisinger
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    2 - iOS 8's Design Looks Comfortably Familiar
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    iOS 8's Design Looks Comfortably Familiar

    The design has been improved in iOS 8, but it's not a major departure from iOS 7. In fact, current iOS 7 users will feel right at home in iOS 8. While last year's iOS launch delivered a major graphic overhaul, this time around, the updates are in the features. The apps all look about the same, the icons are identical, and maneuvering through the operating system hasn't changed. Those who like iOS 7's design will approve of iOS 8's look and feel.
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    3 - There Is a Greatly Enhanced Messages Experience
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    There Is a Greatly Enhanced Messages Experience

    The Messages app is far more capable in iOS 8 than it has ever been. The application now supports voice recording and lets users drop out of a group message whenever they wish. The app also includes location support so users can quickly share where they are with friends. One other important feature: Users can send multiple photos and videos at the same time.
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    4 - Predictive Typing Comes to the Keyboard
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    Predictive Typing Comes to the Keyboard

    Apple is trying to make it easier to type out long messages in iOS 8. To achieve that goal, the company is using predictive typing. As users type out messages, the software analyzes the input and uses context clues to offer some suggestions. Apple claims it will result in faster typing. We shall see.
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    5 - There Is Family Sharing for Consumers
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    There Is Family Sharing for Consumers

    Family Sharing could be a boon for, well, families. The technology allows members of a family to share and get immediate access to music, movies, books, apps and other content found on another person's account. The feature does not require users to hand over their Apple ID or password, but easily shares content across devices. It appears to be a nice feature for large families that want to stay in touch and have similar interests.
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    6 - iCloud Drive Works Across Platforms
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    iCloud Drive Works Across Platforms

    Apple's iCloud Drive lets users work on a wide range of documents, including presentations, spreadsheets, PDF files and more, and then save those to iCloud. As soon as users open up iCloud from another device—including a PC—they're able to access those files and continue working. Edits made on one device are automatically synchronized across other products.
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    7 - You Can Connect Macs to Mobile Devices
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    You Can Connect Macs to Mobile Devices

    One of the major improvements to iOS 8 is the way in which the mobile operating system has been integrated to work with OS X. For instance, when a user receives a phone call on the iPhone, a notice of that call pops up on the Mac. Users can also view a Web page on iOS and continue browsing the same page on OS X, as well as see both email messages and text messages on their many devices. The connection between Macs and iOS devices has never been stronger.
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    8 - Step Into a Smarter Spotlight
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    Step Into a Smarter Spotlight

    Spotlight, the search function built into iOS, has become much smarter in Apple's latest mobile launch. The feature includes the ability to search through the device, as well as a wide range of Web-based sources, including Wikipedia. The feature is also location-aware, so if users ask for restaurant suggestions in Spotlight, the app will return local options.
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    9 - An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
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    An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    Health has become an increasingly important component in iOS, and now it's become such a crucial feature that it has its own place in iOS 8. The Health app includes a full dashboard of information, including calories burned, weight tracking and overall fitness. Those who buy an iPhone 6 will find that its inclusion of a barometer means it can track when users climb stairs. There's even an area in iOS 8's Health app that lets users track their vitals.
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    10 - Expect Better Apps, Thanks to More Developer Support
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    Expect Better Apps, Thanks to More Developer Support

    Apple has opened up its software to developers in many more ways. The company now allows developers to create apps that use iCloud, TouchID and Health. The company expects to see many more apps hit the App Store that take advantage of the new features in iOS 8, and from this vantage point, that does seem likely.
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    11 - It's Free and Works With Most Devices
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    It's Free and Works With Most Devices

    Compatibility shouldn't be an issue for the vast majority of iOS users out there. Apple says that iOS 8 will work with every iPhone since the iPhone 4S and every iPad since the iPad 2. It'll even work with the fifth-generation iPod Touch. Oh, and one more thing: It'll be available as a free over-the-air download.
 

Apple's iOS 8 is launching on Sept. 17, just two days before the company plans to release its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. The operating system was announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and in typical Apple fashion, the company argues that it's the "biggest iOS release ever." While Apple has done a solid job in the past of getting consumers to adopt each new version of its mobile operating system soon after launch, some iOS users—especially the enterprise users—hesitate to adopt a new OS before they fully understanding what it offers and whether it will have all the bugs worked out. The enterprise is also concerned about productivity and how the new features will affect business users who need to get work done on their iPhones and iPads. This slide show focuses on the important features in iOS 8 as Apple prepares to launch it on Sept. 17. While there is a lot that is familiar in iOS 8, there are quite a few enhancements that users will need to get acquainted with.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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