Apple has unveiled iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch today at the WWDC 2014. Though iOS 8 looks much the same like iOS 7, Apple adds in a lot of refinements and improvements to iOS 8. Don’t under-estimate the new iOS, there are maybe a lot of things that you don’t know about iOS 8.
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iOS 8 has brought us a smarter Notification. The greatest part is that when you get a notification for a text message or a Facebook comment, you can respond from whatever app you’re in. For instance, if you’re looking at Twitter and receive a message from your friend, you can quickly respond without leaving Twitter.
For the first time, Apple opened up iOS to third-party keyboard apps. iOS 8 users will be able to use Swype, which lets users swipe their fingers across the keyboard to type out words. Android users has been using such typing method for a long time. Apple’s iOS 8 is also coming with QuickType, a predictive typing feature that’s new to iOS but old hat to Android users.
At most six family members will be able to share app purchases across their multiple devices. To use Family Sharing, you just need to make sure that all those devices are tied to the same credit card—no Netflix-style password-swapping here. It also means that you can share things like calendars and notes across devices, which saves you the trouble of leaving notes on the fridge again.
Thanks to HomeKit, iPhone and iPad users can control home appliances and electronics with their mobile device. For instance, one could use the software to set up a home automation command that dims your lights, locks your doors, and closes your garage door if you tell Siri that you’re going to bed.
HealthKit is the same kind of fitness and health app like Nike’s FuelBand. Health pulls together data from different health-related apps into one place, creating a comprehensive profile for the user. With Health, you could even send health information to doctors at chosen hospitals.
On iOS 8, those who plug iPhone into their car will be able to activate Siri by voice without touching their phone. This seems good news for drivers who don’t want to be distracted on the road.
OS X Integration
iOS and OS X will be closer in the coming days. With iOS 8 and Apple’s upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite,it’s possible to make calls and send SMS text messages (not just iMessages) from your Apple desktop or laptop remotely via your iPhone.
Wi-Fi calling lets smartphone owners route calls over local wireless connections rather than through potentially flaky cell service. If you have free Wi-Fi connection, you will be able to call for free. Of course, your cell phone provider has to have the technology in place to support it. Currently only T-Mobile iPhone users have confirmation on the feature’s availability.
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