Apple announces iOS 8, new features across all of iOS

Apple has announced iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 and it is the next generation of the platform that brings a suite of new features to the popular smartphone and will be available later this year.

Notification center has been updated to allow for quick responses and easy management of notifications. There is also a new way to quickly access your frequent contacts too.

In Safari, a new tab-view is coming to the iPad with 'birds eye view' and the iPad also gets a sidebar navigation panel.

Mail on the iPad has been overhauled with new gestures and tagging support. Composing messages now has a 'multitask' type view where you can hide messages to view other content while writing an email.

Spotlight has also been updated which means improved search across your device and the web. It's a more cohesive search that makes it one location to find content locally and on the web. Apple calls the new feature, 'Spotlight Suggestions' and it brings more relevant content to the top of your searches.

Apple is also introducing predicative typing suggestions and it is context sensitive too. For example, if someone asks you "Do you want to go to dinner or a movie?" The quick type feature will suggest dinner and movie, for faster responses and the feature supports many different languages.

Text messages has been updated with iMessaging now allows you to name a thread, mute it, and remove yourself from a conversation. There is also a new gesture feature where you can tap and hold the microphone icon and by sliding up you can create an audio/video message. You can also now share your location with people in the message thread and you can set a time-limit to share your location too.

Enterprise support has also been enhanced with automatic configuration right out of the box and with iOS 8, there is expanded data protection and per message SMIME. Across the board Exchange support has been updated and management support for books has been introduced too.

Healthkit is also a big part of iOS 8 and it allows for third-party devices and services to track and monitor your vitals and metrics. There is also a service that can connect to hospitals as well. The Mayo Clinic helped Apple develop this service and what it can do is help you identify when your vitals venture outside your 'normal' range of health. If this occurs, it can contact your doctor for faster medical advice.

Family Sharing is coming with iOS 8 that allows you to share your location and find lost devices. You can also now share purchases as well with all the members of your family which should make many parents quite happy. You can share with up to six family members, as long as you all have the same credit card on file. Also, if you are using the sharing feature and a member tries to purchase something, it will prompt the card owner for approval which will surely cut down on 'accidental' purchases. 

Photo search and suggestion has been overhauled to help you find your photos and the editing features inside the photo apps have been enhanced as well. In short, editing photos now uses fancy new algorithms to help enhance photos without having to manually adjust each setting.

Siri will get Shazam integration, streaming voice recognition (it now types out what you are saying in real-time) and 22 new languages. 

Third-party support is also improved with developers now able to create widgets inside the notification center, create filters inside the photos app and plug-ins inside of Safari on iOS. And a big feature many users have wanted, third-party keyboards can now be installed such as Swype.

Touch-ID support has been expanded with developers now able to access the finger-print sensor.

Homekit is Apple's take on a common-network protocol so that only your device can open your garage door or unlock the front door. The idea being that a secure connection is now built into iOS so that you can securely control your home with your phone.

All of these changes are coming with iOS 8 that will be released in the Fall likely with the release of the iPhone 6.

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I love it when they copy features of Android and Windows Phone and call it "innovation".

Then they take Samsung to court for doing something similar to them.

Apple. Hypocritical different.

Windows Phone and Android combined, cannot make what Apple does with their iOS. iOS is simply AMAZING AND POWERFUL!

Not a bad set of upgrades for iOS.

iOS is a pretty mature os at this point, so its not shocking that they would not be introducing super awesome new features or radical changes. They don't really need to. They are making all of these smaller changes to the system overall that make it better.

I'm sure anyone that is a big Apple fan or a long time iOS user will appreciate all of the changes.

It's strange, but although the whole thing is good in the long run, it just still feels like a couple of freeloaders running off with what Steve Jobs gave to the world and peddling it still as their own. Just aint the same without the big dog.

Most of the improvements are app updates, which is kind of odd. Microsoft updates most of their apps through the year on both Windows Phone and Windows and don't require OS updates, Google does something similar, but less broad. I'm kind of surprised Apple still doesn't enable those apps to be updated separate from the OS.

Only if Microsoft subtly admitted that the Start Screen sucks by bringing back the Start Menu.

See how silly that is?

If anything, it's Apple doing what they've been doing slowly over the years. Giving their developers more access and consumers more choice.

Dot Matrix said,
Third party keyboards. So did Apple just finally subtly admit their iOS's OSK sucks?
It's very unApple like. Their motto is usually our way or the highway. I'm very surprised

When does giving people options suck? Honestly, I like WP and iOS keyboards the best. Android is the only one that really needed it because... well, their keyboard by default is pretty much garbage.

Still though, over the years I've gotten used to SwiftKey being on Android, I think I'd be a bit saddened if I made the jump over to iOS and had to lose some of its functionality.

dead.cell said,
When does giving people options suck? Honestly, I like WP and iOS keyboards the best. Android is the only one that really needed it because... well, their keyboard by default is pretty much garbage.

Still though, over the years I've gotten used to SwiftKey being on Android, I think I'd be a bit saddened if I made the jump over to iOS and had to lose some of its functionality.

I would agree with you but ever since the Android keyboard got the swipe functionality, it was my go to keyboard. It even had great predictions, granted not up to the quality of Switkey's predictions, but still very good. What's even nicer is they "separated" the keyboard from the OS and put it on the play store. This allows for speedy updates.

I would say of the three major mobile OS's, Android has hands down the best stock keyboard. The ability to change keyboards from practically day one is also a major bonus. Can't believe iOS just announced it. WP is still yet behind in this department.

Isn't it funny how Apple just has a few updates and bumps it up a whole number (iOS7 to iOS8) and Microsoft has TONS of updates and only bumps up a decimal (WP8 to WP8.1). Anyway, it's obvious they are bumping it to 8 to make it seem bigger than it actually is.

At least when Microsoft does a full number bump it's literally a big update.

j2006 said,
Isn't it funny how Apple just has a few updates and bumps it up a whole number (iOS7 to iOS8) and Microsoft has TONS of updates and only bumps up a decimal (WP8 to WP8.1). Anyway, it's obvious they are bumping it to 8 to make it seem bigger than it actually is.

At least when Microsoft does a full number bump it's literally a big update.

This post is incredibly premature, they are still discussing iOS8 and there are LOTS of updates, particularly on the developer side of things (which in turn provide a better experience for us users) .. lots to be excited about here.

Plus, version numbers mean nothing these days.. it's just a name to identify the next release.

j2006 said,
Isn't it funny how Apple just has a few updates and bumps it up a whole number (iOS7 to iOS8) and Microsoft has TONS of updates and only bumps up a decimal (WP8 to WP8.1). Anyway, it's obvious they are bumping it to 8 to make it seem bigger than it actually is.

At least when Microsoft does a full number bump it's literally a big update.

Did you dramatize that enough? It's just a number...
Does Firefox and Chrome also drive you off the deep end with their version increments?

This might be a new low for things people nitpick Apple on...
Plus you do realize the presentation isn't even over yet, right?...

j2006 said,
Isn't it funny how Apple just has a few updates and bumps it up a whole number (iOS7 to iOS8) and Microsoft has TONS of updates and only bumps up a decimal (WP8 to WP8.1). Anyway, it's obvious they are bumping it to 8 to make it seem bigger than it actually is.

At least when Microsoft does a full number bump it's literally a big update.

- Developers have access to TouchID
- Widgets in notification centre
- Intelligent notifications, i.e. ones that you can respond to
- App plugins
- Third party keyboards
- Hands free Siri activation

All of these have the potential to change how the OS is used in a big way. Seems like quite a big update to me.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

- Widgets in notification centre
- Hands free Siri activation


But isn't widgets for android losers? Apple users don't want widgets, this have been said many times.. Where did you read about hands free Siri activation, sure isn't mentioned above.

Wall-swe said,

But isn't widgets for android losers? Apple users don't want widgets, this have been said many times.. Where did you read about hands free Siri activation, sure isn't mentioned above.

Not by me, but I can't speak for others.

You can say 'hey Siri' when the device is plugged in to a charger to access it. Read one of the many live blogs.

j2006 said,
Isn't it funny how Apple just has a few updates and bumps it up a whole number (iOS7 to iOS8) and Microsoft has TONS of updates and only bumps up a decimal (WP8 to WP8.1). Anyway, it's obvious they are bumping it to 8 to make it seem bigger than it actually is.

At least when Microsoft does a full number bump it's literally a big update.


That's because Microsoft is on a much slower release cycle.

7 - 2010
8 - 2012
8.1 - 2014?

Honestly though, who really gives a crap about a stupid number? I thought people got over this BS back with Chrome and Firefox pushing to streamline their release cycles...

The problem with passbook is nobody ever used apps that had ticket information of passes (at least I never have). Fitness an dhelath apps though, I use daily (myfitnesspal, fitbit). Having these apps send their info to one direct place would be very handy for me

True.
Hope in the future we don't find out our health data is being accessed by health insurance companies though.. that's probably coming down the line.

Astra.Xtreme said,

They didn't copy anything. It will now allow Swype to work as the native keyboard.

So, easy way out. Instead of putting resources into developing an updated keyboard technology like Microsoft, they just decided to let someone else do it for them.

AsherGZ said,
So, easy way out. Instead of putting resources into developing an updated keyboard technology like Microsoft, they just decided to let someone else do it for them.

Why waste resources on replicating good tech that already exists?

Furthermore, if you guys aren't bitching about the lack of 3rd party support, suddenly you're bitching about the implementation to allow 3rd parties...? And even if they were to copy these features and do it themselves, suddenly they're "copycats".

There's no winning with this logic; you guys are just looking for something to complain about, sheesh.

honestly, if this is all they got, android will remain eroding their share for there is nothing on this update which turns the tables on anybody. They really are out just play a defensive game and to protect their ecosystem.

Interesting how many of these features are playing "catch up" to Windows Phone 8, or Android.

Some nice new things in there, but seriously... a lot of it is just copying and catching up.

Copying and pasting is the easy part - anyone can do that, but not everyone can copy and paste sales. Good luck, Microsoft, you'll need every bit of it.

hmm .. worthy of a whole number increase? shoulda called it 7.1 ... call it 8 when they make the interface cohesive and not ugly and design a keyboard you can actually use

...thats not wat i meant at all god forbid .. i meant the design of their keyboard its hard to type on .. the keys are so weirdly shaped and spaced its just not efficient

SpiKedPSU said,
...thats not wat i meant at all god forbid .. i meant the design of their keyboard its hard to type on .. the keys are so weirdly shaped and spaced its just not efficient

Odd how I can type faster than my friend using swype on his galaxy. I for one find the iOS keyboard much more efficient to type on and have tried all sorts of various keyboards on android, really comes down to user preference, but for me, it's the most efficient one out there, although it could use a nice bigger screen.

The keyboard works perfectly fine for me. It probably comes down to what you're used to. When I try to type on a Lumia, it doesn't work too well for me, but I understand that it's not automatically junk.

Astra.Xtreme said,
What's wrong with the keyboard?

For me it's kind of hard to describe but it's a lot easier to type on my windows phone, no doubt in part due to the larger screen, but the buttons just seem more responsive and intuitive to me.

Astra.Xtreme said,
The keyboard works perfectly fine for me. It probably comes down to what you're used to. When I try to type on a Lumia, it doesn't work too well for me, but I understand that it's not automatically junk.

Actually Apple specifically designs their phone and it's keyboard to fit a certain range of handsizes, if you are outside of that range it's unusable garbage. My hands are significantly larger than the average handsize Apple uses for its template. I cannot physically use an IOS onscreen touch keyboard, it doesn't correctly recognize my finger impression as hitting the correct key.

Android keyboards all tend to have small buttons and big spaces or medium buttons and minimal cramped spacing.

So far every WP8.1 phone I have used has been tolerable because of the shape and structure of the keyboard with its longer slightly wider keys and reasonable spacing. Sure it's not perfect yet, as all of the numbers and punctuation requires effort to use, but at least I CAN use it.

NastySasquatch said,

Actually Apple specifically designs their phone and it's keyboard to fit a certain range of handsizes, if you are outside of that range it's unusable garbage. My hands are significantly larger than the average handsize Apple uses for its template. I cannot physically use an IOS onscreen touch keyboard, it doesn't correctly recognize my finger impression as hitting the correct key.

Android keyboards all tend to have small buttons and big spaces or medium buttons and minimal cramped spacing.

So far every WP8.1 phone I have used has been tolerable because of the shape and structure of the keyboard with its longer slightly wider keys and reasonable spacing. Sure it's not perfect yet, as all of the numbers and punctuation requires effort to use, but at least I CAN use it.

The same sort of thing could be said about phablets and people with smaller hands. It's simply not possible to have a universal solution for everybody. The same concept applies to tall people and small cars. Every company designs their products to work well with the mass majority. Just because something doesn't work for you, doesn't mean it's garbage. You just require a different solution.

NastySasquatch said,
So far every WP8.1 phone I have used has been tolerable because of the shape and structure of the keyboard with its longer slightly wider keys and reasonable spacing. Sure it's not perfect yet, as all of the numbers and punctuation requires effort to use, but at least I CAN use it.

Don't forget on WP keyboard you can drag finger and it highlights what will be typed upon release. Makes it much easier to find and release than target a small touch point.
However this ONLY works for numbers/punctuation since they introduced Wordflow/Shape Writing.

just with the swipe keyboard alone wp8.1 really is coming along nicely, esp compared to ios7's barely usable cramped weirdly shaped keys ... and i wouldnt consider myself a "stan" for either brand, i use a MBP and a dell xps and soon a surface pro 3, but IMO it seems like right now MS really started this flat trend in UI design and as hated as it may be by some, when its perfected, like it already almost is on wp8.1, itll be awesome and the other guys will still be playing catch up ... i think the major difference is windows 8.1/wp8.1 still looks "professional" and not toy like, while the same cant be said for ios7 and now apparently os x 10.10 (which is a horrible version # btw .. am i the only one who feels like it sounds like its older than 10.9?)

SpiKedPSU said,
snip...
(which is a horrible version # btw .. am i the only one who feels like it sounds like its older than 10.9?)

No, I agree. 10.10 is a lower version number than 10.2. 10.10 is actually just 10.1 with an erroneously added trailing 0.

Mulsivaas said,

No, I agree. 10.10 is a lower version number than 10.2. 10.10 is actually just 10.1 with an erroneously added trailing 0.

This is versioning. Not pure numbers. 10.10 can mean anything. Haven't you seen enough software packages with both 10.1 and 10.10 versions already?

don't look at the MS office versioning then my outlook is

15.0.4615.1000

Versioning can really be any number system choosen by the devs,

personally when ive dev'd software ive always used

major.minor.bug - 1.2.3

REM2000 said,
don't look at the MS office versioning then my outlook is

15.0.4615.1000

Versioning can really be any number system choosen by the devs,


Absolutely, but this one looks like a decimal, and therefore looks wrong.

It's a case of Apple going for versioning as simple as possible and therefore it looking stupid when it hits the need for double digits.

They should have called it OSX 10, considering the X is the roman numeral for 10.
Or gone cleverer and called it OSX X.
Or even more clever, hexidecimal: OSX 10.A or OSX A. :D

Seems like a lot of just app updates. Not really worthy of a whole release number higher. Suppose they wouldn't have enough to talk about it if they didn't though lol.

Nogib said,
Seems like a lot of just app updates. Not really worthy of a whole release number higher. Suppose they wouldn't have enough to talk about it if they didn't though lol.

Have you seen all of the developer changes?! Over 4000 new API's. It may look the same, but the code underneath has changed a lot!

j2006 said,
I think with the bad reputation iOS7 had, they are simply just bumping the number up to make it look 'new'.

Since when did iOS7 have a bad reputation?

Astra.Xtreme said,

Since when did iOS7 have a bad reputation?

Since people tried dunking it in water and were disappointed when they found out it didn't make it waterproof.:D

Astra.Xtreme said,

Since when did iOS7 have a bad reputation?

A LOT of people (even average users and fanboys) did not like the design. Honestly, many parts of iOS are still really stinking ugly.

Side-note: it's nice to finally see that, instead of always playing catch-up, there are several features coming to iOS that Microsoft actually implemented into Windows Phone first.

Mulsivaas said,
A LOT of people (even average users and fanboys) did not like the design

Yes. And it was complained about during the beta process (when a new seed was released every two weeks). Current iOS 7.1.1 looks nothing like the first public showing of iOS 7 at last year's WWDC.

Wait! I thought Tim Cook said that Microsoft is confused, but how come they are adding tablet features to their OS. ;)

JHBrown said,
^

What's also funny about his comment is that I'm posting from my beloved Windows 7 machine that I love so dearly. I grew up and learned to appreciate both companies.

Its the only sensible thing to do. I'm always looking out for features I want MS and Apple to swype since I use OSX, Windows, and Windows Phone. Who care who did it first so long as I get it too, right? :D

Lord Method Man said,

Could say the same thing about certain MS worshipers here. I wont dare mention names since at least one of them has an admin on speed dial.

FYI I hate Apple.

*double post*

JHBrown said,
iOS 8 with an iPhone 6 = Paradise.

So they include a time machine? That's impressive I have to admit. Can you, man from the future, tell me who wins the World Cup? Thanks!

Was going to watch the event, but 20minuites before the event started the "live event blogger" went "Nice red iTunes icon!".
Like this was the best thing ever, after that I couldn't stomach to watch it.

Wall-swe said,
Was going to watch the event, but 20minuites before the event started the "live event blogger" went "Nice red iTunes icon!".
Like this was the best thing ever, after that I couldn't stomach to watch it.
You let an icon bother you? Come on now guys. It's not that serious.

Wall-swe said,
No, what bothered me was the sheep covering the event who ###### his pants over a changed icon..
Didn't catch that. I'll have to take a look again.