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iOS 8: 10 key features you should watch out for

Apple fanboys have a legit reason to be excited. Apple has already begun its global rollout of iOS 8 and it is expected to reach India by 10.30PM tonight. The update is said to be compatible only wit

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Apple fanboys have a legit reason to be excited. Apple has already begun its global rollout of iOS 8 and it is expected to reach India by 10.30PM tonight. The update is said to be compatible only with Phone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display. The recently announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come with iOS 8 pre-installed. As the countdown to iOS 8 launch inches closer, we handpick some of the key features that you should look forward to.

Interactive Notifications
With iOS 8, you can take action on texts, email, calendar invitations, reminders, and messages from apps like Facebook right from a top banner — without leaving the app you’re in. Interactive notifications are like little temporary widgets. For example, when a new Facebook message comes, a notification will appear at the top of the display and users can swipe downward to open a small reply window at the top of the screen.

In iOS 7, when you use Spotlight, the search field displays text reads ‘Search iPhone’ (or ‘Search iPad’). In other words Spotlight, currently, is a quick way to find apps, messages, contacts, or other information, but only as long as it dwells in your device. iOS 8 expands the horizons of the search capability with the new Spotlight. Instead of ‘Search iPhone’ it will now say, ‘Spotlight Search’. When you enter your search terms, instead of just looking at the content of the iOS device, it will also consider your location and the context of the query, and provide relevant results. Nearby location information, restaurants, movie showtimes, suggested websites, and more will now show up on Spotlight Search.

Photos and Camera app
iOS 8 comes with a much improved Photos and Camera apps. They have been redesigned, adding new features that previously required third party apps. Photos and videos are now searchable by the date the photo/video was taken, location, or album name. Better editing, composition and filtering tools are made available with the new iOS 8. Camera also adds timelapse, allowing you to create fast-motion videos . It also adds a timer for photos, which Apple advertises as useful for selfies.

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iOS 8 brings changes to its existing keyboard along with the ability to have third-party keyboards for the first time. iOS 8 also enables predictive texting. You’ll now see choices of words or phrases you’d probably type next, based on your past conversations and writing style.

Family Sharing
Apple brings in this new feature with iOS 8 where up to six people in your family can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. You can also share photos, and have a family calendar to help keep everyone connected. Once you set up Family Sharing, family members get immediate access to each other’s music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps. You can find lost devices and locate your family members by sharing location.

iCloud Drive
Just like Dropbox and Google Drive, iCloud Drive on iOS 8 will also let you access all files saved on iCloud on any device and work on them with the apps of your choice.

iPhone and iPad users who also use Mac computers will thank Apple for this new feature coming in with iOS 8.With this, iOS mobile devices and Mac computers will have full integration. The best thing about this apart from sharing data across Apple devices is that it even allows you to make and receive calls through a Mac computer or an iPad.

Apple’s Messages app has also got some much needed additions. If you’re part of an annoying group-messaging thread, you can now set up a Do Not Disturb mode and mute the conversation. Many other WhatsApp- like features have also been added. You can actively disclose your current location with other Messages app users.

Health app
Apple joins the bandwagon of releasing health and fitness related technology. Their new Health app is designed to collate all fitness data on one platform. It pools data from other health-related apps as well. It stores emergency medical aid numbers for diagnosis in times of emergency and also stores health targets to also achieve fitness goals.

Shortcut to Contact
By pressing the Home Screen button twice, you will be able to see photos of your recent and favourite contacts on the multi-tasking screen. You can tap on each contact to make a call or send a message.

To update to iOS 8 tonight, go to Settings>Software Update. In iTunes, go iTunes> Check for Updates and follow the directions. We suggest you to read our guide to be prepared for the update.

  • Published Date: September 17, 2014 7:01 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 17, 2014 10:07 PM IST

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