iOS 8 will bring a number of changes and improvements with Apple describing it as the world’s most advanced mobile operating system? A number of areas have been overhauled including notifications, messages, the keyboard, and photos.
Interactive notifications are to make an appearance, allowing users to check the notification and reply from the one screen. This applies to notifications from a number of sources including Facebook, your Calendar and, of course, text messages.
Much will change when it comes to Messages. Apple announced a new typing technology called QuickType that can predict replies to text messages based on the content of the text and the person you’re talking with. Your phone will learn over time and differentiate between your boss, a family member and a friend. We’d still advise double-checking what’s being typed…just in case…The option to include audio messages has also been added with the Tap to Talk function.
Meanwhile, iOS users are to be afforded some freedom. Third-party apps, such as SwiftKey and Swype, will be supported for the first time. If the default keyboard isn’t cutting it, you can download a third-party app that you’re more comfortable with.
Apple also announced changes to Photos. Rather than showing off photos on the device that they were taken with, users will be able to display their photos on any Apple device they own. Every photo taken will be stored on an individual’s iCloud Photo Library and can be accessed from any device. Meanwhile, users can find and rediscover their favourite photos using the Photos apps.
iOS 8 will also include functions to make life that little bit easier. HomeKit will enable iPhone and iPad users to control home appliances and electronics with their mobile device, while HealthKit will act as a new hub for storing and sorting health information from third-party apps like Nike+.
iOS 8 will be released in the autumn as a free download for the iPhone 4S and newer, the iPad 2 and the fifth-generation iPod Touch and newer devices.