iOS 8 Features Apple Mobile Device Owners Will Be Glad to Get

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-06-04 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As expected, Apple on June 2 took the wraps off its new mobile operating system, iOS 8, at a special keynote headlined by CEO Tim Cook. At first glance, iOS 8 looks awfully similar to iOS 7, but according to Apple, there are several under-the-hood tweaks that should make the experience of using the operating system far more appealing than iOS 7. As with previous Apple iOS introductions, the company said that there are hundreds of improvements to the operating system, but some are so small, they're not worth discussing. There are, however, several additions coming to the operating system when it launches that could make today's iOS users quite happy. They include improved access to digital photos stored in iCloud along with new audio and video messaging features. Users will also be able to work on files stored in iCloud from any device and then synchronize the file changes across multiple devices, including Macs and PCs. This slide show examines some of the new features coming to iOS 8 and discusses why this platform should be well-received when Apple releases it this fall.

 
 
 
  • iOS 8 Features Apple Mobile Device Owners Will Be Glad to Get

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - iOS 8 Features Apple Mobile Device Owners Will Be Glad to Get
  • You Can Do More With Photos

    The Photos experience in iOS has been greatly improved in the upcoming release. When users have iOS 8 on their devices, they'll be able to see every photo and every edit taken across devices. That's achieved by storing all of that content in iCloud and dropping it to devices whenever called upon, effectively creating an online photo repository for users. Apple says the experience will be much better, and it's hard to argue with that after seeing the feature in action.
    2 - You Can Do More With Photos
  • Apple Is Adding Audio and Video Messaging

    One of the highlights of iOS 8 is its support for more ways to send information to friends and family in Messages. The app now supports audio messaging and video messaging, and users can even send their location to others so they can quickly meet up. That will undoubtedly make some privacy advocates uncomfortable, but it could make it easier to find friends at busy events.
    3 - Apple Is Adding Audio and Video Messaging
  • iOS 8 Provides Easier Access to Most-Used Features

    Apple has realized that getting easy access to the most-used features or most-discussed individuals is a must, which is why it's now in iOS 8. The feature allows users to quickly scroll through individuals who have been identified as "favorites" by the users, as well as see whom they've talked to recently. There are also some quick-access features built into Mail that make it easier to categorize messages.
    4 - iOS 8 Provides Easier Access to Most-Used Features
  • Virtual Keyboard Is More Context-Aware

    Apple is employing a new feature in its iOS virtual keyboard. When users type out emails or messages, the operating system automatically analyzes what's being said, is context-aware and suggests what the next word should be. Apple says it'll reduce typing time and get messages across more quickly. Here's hoping that's true.
    5 - Virtual Keyboard Is More Context-Aware
  • It Will Expand iCloud Drive Access

    Apple's new iCloud Drive was one of the most popular new features announced at the keynote address. The feature lets users work on files stored in iCloud from any device and then syncs them across other products, including Macs and PCs. The better access to iCloud files will be a boon for travelers who need to work on the go and can't always get back to their Macs to get work done.
    6 - It Will Expand iCloud Drive Access
  • It Will Have an Improved Spotlight

    Apple's Spotlight has been in some need of improvement, and finally, the company has turned its attention to the core feature. The new Spotlight built into iOS 8 provides access to everything from on-device messages and events to online results, like movies in iTunes or theaters, or where a particular restaurant might be around a location. Users will need to type in a query, and Apple's Spotlight will search everything from Wikipedia to its own Mail app to find relevant results.
    7 - It Will Have an Improved Spotlight
  • Alerts Handling Gets Even Better in iOS 8

    Apple's alerts system was much improved in iOS 7, but it's gotten even better in iOS 8. With the new operating system, if a person is in another app and, say, receives a message from a friend, the user doesn't need to get out of the app and go to Messages to respond. Instead, the user can respond at the top of the display within the app. It'll make answering text messages much easier.
    8 - Alerts Handling Gets Even Better in iOS 8
  • iOS Gets a Built-in Health Management App

    Like other companies in the mobile space, Apple is getting serious about health. The company's iOS 8 will come with a new HealthKit feature to manage personal information, including calories burned, steps taken on a walk and quality of sleep. Look for Apple to announce more features when it unveils its new iPhone.
    9 - iOS Gets a Built-in Health Management App
  • Apple Is Enabling iOS-Mac Convergence

    Apple has come a long way in integrating the Mac and iOS. Now, when users receive a phone call on their iPhones, they can actually answer and talk to the other person through their Macs. The feature also lets users automatically switch between Macs and iOS devices to keep working, and it keeps everything synced between products. It appears to be a great feature.
    10 - Apple Is Enabling iOS-Mac Convergence
  • Family Sharing Puts Parental Controls on Kids' Online Purchases

    Apple has brought Family Sharing to iOS. What that means is users within the house on the same iTunes account can have all the content they've downloaded on all their devices. Even better for parents, a feature is built into Family Sharing that allows kids to make a purchase in the App Store or iTunes only after it's been approved by the parent. The parent's device is set up as such and will be pinged when the child tries to make a purchase. The parent can then decide to allow it or not.
    11 - Family Sharing Puts Parental Controls on Kids' Online Purchases
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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