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The Eight Best Features of iOS 8


The Eight Best Features of iOS 8

Features Michael Grothaus 22:29, 2 Jun 2014

Apple's formally unveiled iOS eight, so we check out the eight greatest options

Nicely the WWDC keynote for an additional yr has come and handed and, as somebody who has develop into more and more essential of Apple in the previous few years, I can say I used to be utterly blown away by it. Make no mistake about it: Apple is again within the recreation. For the final a number of years it looks like Android was out-innovating Apple, however the Cupertino firm has come again with a vengeance, inventing completely new options--or stealing one of the best ones from different OSes and apps. Listed here are the eight greatest new options of iOS 8. They’re going to make you fall in love together with your iPhone and iPad once more.

Contact ID

Sure, Contact ID was a hardware function initially launched final fall with the iPhone 5s. However with iOS eight Apple has made large enhancements to it--and within the course of made builders very comfortable. That’s as a result of Contact ID beneath iOS eight will permit builders to make use of the beforehand off-limits biometric sensor with their apps. At present Contact ID solely lets you unlock your iPhone and make purchases within the iTunes and App Shops. Now that builders have entry to Contact ID (however nonetheless by no means a picture of your fingerprint) all of the banking apps you employ or file storage apps or some other app will have the ability to allow you to authenticate your self as an alternative of getting to enter one other 4 digit PIN.

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive is Apple’s a lot-wanted reply to Dropbox. It's primarily one location to retailer all of the information in your Mac, PC, iPad, and iPhone. The large factor about iCloud Drive is that it makes all of your paperwork obtainable to any app on Mac, iOS, or Home windows PCs from one location: your iCloud Drive. However it will get even higher as a result of when you open a doc in a single app, the edits you make are instantly out there in that doc to all the opposite apps that may learn it.

This can be a large boon as beforehand iCloud paperwork have been very restricted as to which apps might entry them and more often than not whenever you made a change the modifications wouldn’t mirror within the different apps. Certainly, beforehand opening up a doc that was saved in iCloud would typically occasions create a brand new, separate copy of that doc as an alternative of opening the unique.

All that has modified with iCloud Drive. It primarily provides iOS OS X’s Finder mixed with the facility of Dropbox. The one disadvantage is that there isn't a devoted iCloud Drive app on iOS. You could launch an app that helps iCloud Drive integration with a purpose to flick through your information.

Extensibility: Interoperability For Apps

A brand new developer function which could have large advantages for customers is Extensibility. This primarily permits third-celebration apps to speak to at least one one other and share knowledge as an alternative of being sandboxed off from each other as in earlier iOS releases. For instance, a contact administration app might permit a contact to be despatched to a different contact administration shopper in iOS. Or as demoed on stage at WWDC, a 3rd-social gathering photograph app might make its filters obtainable to the Pictures app in iOS (or different photographs apps) so customers can use that app’s filters anyplace.

Extensibility derives its identify from “extensions” which we're all conversant in in our desktop net browsers. In that regard Extensibility may even permit for third-celebration apps to put in extensions in iOS’s Safari so you may, for instance, see a Bing Translate button in Safari’s share sheet which can help you immediately translate an internet web page.

Third Social gathering Widgets

One other a part of Extensibility is that it now permits builders to make third-social gathering widgets that may present up in Notification Middle. Beforehand widgets in Notification Middle have been restricted to Apple’s Inventory and Climate widgets. Now that builders have the power so as to add widgets, Notification Middle can turn out to be much more helpful. For instance, a health app might have a widget that exhibits you your present interval occasions at a look or a finance app might have a widget that exhibits you your present financial institution stability or newest transactions.

Customized Keyboards

If there was one common “need” from customers because the first iPhone was unveiled it has been for the power to permit customized keyboards in iOS. Android has provided this help for years, but us iOS customers have been caught with what Apple determined to provide us. Properly, no extra! In a really sensible transfer Apple is permitting apps to have customized keyboards in iOS eight. Greater than that although, should you like a customized keyboard a lot you'll be able to truly give it permission to propagate out to the enter system so it utterly replaces iOS’s default keyboard. The instance Apple confirmed on stage was the favored Swype keyboard, however little question loads of different keyboards will shortly make their method to iOS.


There was a lot hypothesis over what the rumored “Healthbook” can be--and now we all know. It's actually referred to as “HealthKit” and is a developer API that permits well being app builders to pipe a consumer’s well being knowledge via to a single app referred to as “Well being” in iOS that exhibits a consumer all his or her well being stats. That is the primary instance of how our cell phones will more and more grow to be the supply of the place we get actual-time well being details about ourselves, so it’s an enormous deal. I additionally suspect each HealthKit and the Well being app will probably be expanded later this yr to sync up with Apple’s rumored iWatch, which is rumored to have heavy biometric options.

Large Mail Enhancements

Mail is all the time kinda the “boring app”. It’s needed, nevertheless it often doesn’t drum up any pleasure in individuals. I feel a part of the reason being as a result of Mail has all the time been irritating to make use of in iOS. However in iOS eight Apple has fastened two massive points. The primary permits customers to shortly delete, mark unread, or mark as junk any e-mail message simply by swiping come what may. However the second function solves a a lot greater drawback: now customers can start a brand new e mail message and easily swipe it right down to the underside of the display to maneuver it out of the best way to allow them to go to a different e-mail message to seek out, for instance, textual content they need to copy and paste into the brand new message. Does this make Mail thrilling? No, nevertheless it positive as hell is one hundred occasions simpler to make use of now.

Messages Will get Voice & Video Replies

Apple appears to have added a ton of function requests to Messages. For starters there at the moment are many extra controls for group messages: you possibly can add or take away individuals, depart group messages, and identify message threads. In Messages now you can additionally share your location with anybody shortly and simply and in addition view all of a message’s attachments in a single window so that you don’t have to scroll up by way of lots of of texts to seek out them anymore.

However one of the best factor about Messages is now you'll be able to shortly report and ship a voice reply to anybody. You merely contact and maintain the brand new microphone button to document your message after which swipe as much as ship it. This voice reply function is one thing Apple has “borrowed” from Fb’s Messenger, nevertheless it’s very welcome. Typically a voice reply is much more helpful and enjoyable than replying with a textual content. Apple additionally will get additional factors for the swipe function which lets you ship it with only one gesture. And as you possibly can with audio, Messages now help video replies utilizing the identical gestures.

iOS eight shall be a free obtain for iPhone, iPad, and iPod contact customers this fall.


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