In just a few hours, Apple will make iOS 8 available to millions of its customers around the world. Apple calls it the biggest software update ever and with some of the features that it comes with, I’d have to say that this release is the one I’m most looking forward to!
There are nine major areas in Apple’s mobile operating system that will get major enhancements and these are:
- Family Sharing
- iCloud Drive
There are too many improvements to go through one by one! If you want to go through them in detail here’s the link to the iOS 8 What’s New Page.
As for me, there are five features in particular that I’m looking forward to that I know will improve my daily workflow as well as generally make things more efficient.
1. Healthkit : I use a few different fitness apps and it’d be nice to aggregate all my health data into one place – this is what Healthkit does and even more e.g. you can send your blood pressure data directly to your local doctor or have all your nutrition info aggregated into other fitness apps to give a more holistic picture of your daily health habits.
2. iCloud Drive: The changes will allow you to work on any of your files on any of your devices. This can also be regarded as bad since you shouldn’t always be working!
3. Quicktype: Even though I actually find the iOS keyboard quite effective as it is, iOS 8 will herald the availability of third-party typing apps like SwiftKey which is the first app I always download when using an Android device. iOS 8 will also introduce QuickType, Apple’s new improved keyboard which apparently has very useful suggestions for the next word in your sentence so you can save time just selecting instead of typing. Perfect for those moments when you can’t punch out a long reply and on the run.
4. Messages: Messaging on iOS will get more fun and useful with features like the ability to send voice recordings, your location, videos and also create groups to stay in touch with.
5. Continuity: As the name suggests, Apple attempts to instill a continuous experience on all of your Apple devices e.g. you can send a text message from any of your devices (iPhone, iPad, MacBook). Another example of continuity in iOS 8 is that you’ll also be able to make and receive phone calls from any of your devices too. This will come in handy when you’re at your desk and have your phone on the kitchen table!
Those are the five top features on iOS 8 that I’m looking forward to using in the next couple of days!
Here are the devices that it will be compatible with:
What about you? What are you looking forward to on iOS 8?