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Monday, 2 June 2014

GADGET: iOS 8 is here: Everything you need to know about the new iPhone software!

Like mechanism, Apple has used the keynote at its WWDC conference to announce the newest annual update to iOS, the software package for the wildly well-liked iPhone. browse on for all the main points on iOS eight – it’s got Sir Jonathan Ive’s stamp everywhere it, and a brand new keyboard!

Visually, Apple has continued to refine the flat style introduced with iOS seven last year, adding improved practicality into the combination. initial up could be a rather more powerful Notification Center – a vicinity wherever iOS has long lagged behind mechanical man. 

Interactive notifications currently allow you to reply to a notification as shortly because it comes in – simply pull down, and kind a reply to a text message, as an example, it even works on the lock screen – simply swipe right, property you settle for invites to calendar invitations. Simple. Your most frequent contacts meantime conjointly seem within the app whipper currently, supplying you with fast access to your friends and family, whereas Mail has conjointly gotten a refresh too. rather like with third-party app Mailbox, you'll swipe away emails to the trash.

Spotlight on iOS has additionally been boosted too. regardless of what you’re typewriting into the Spotlight search, you’ll lean suggestions, points of interest, directions, news and even apps from the App Store. Songs on iTunes, movies at native theatres and people out there for streaming too. Handy – if remarkably like Google currently.

iOS’ keyboard has been one in all its Achilles’ heel for some years currently, because it doesn’t afford abundantcustomisation, nor will it offer you any advised words, however currently it’s finally been given a lift with Quicktype, a awfully Android-esque addition that provides you suggestions higher than the keyboard as you sort. The keyboard can find out how you sort, providing you with suggestions supported your typewriting vogue,whereas the educational is completed native to the device too, therefore you have got no concern regardingyour details aiming to anyone else. Even higher, you'll installsystem wide third party keyboards for the primarytime ever on iOS, therefore you'll bet the likes of  Swype and SwiftKey will be falling over themselves to release keyboards for iOS 8.

On the messaging front, Apple’s taking on group chat services like WhatsApp and SnapChat too with Tap to Talk, letting you quickly send audio clips. You can also send shortvideo messages this way, and even see the location of chat participants from the Details drop down menu.

iCloud Drive lets you work across apps too – thanks to the Drive acting as your own personal storage, you can jump into the same file from different apps, editing an image that’s in your text document, for example. Continuity meanwhile lets you answer phonecalls on your Mac whenever you’re in the vicinity of it. Every photo you take on your iPhonewill also be synced automatically to all your other devices.

Apple’s had a long history of working with accessory and health partners, and it’s extending on that work with iOS 8. Current health and fitness wearables only keep relevant data to their own apps, but with Apple’s brand new Healthkit, you can now get all the health info you need all in one place. Apple’s been working with Nike and the Mayo Clinic, so that even doctors can get that info in real-time too, keeping your records up to date.

Family Share meanwhile lets families of up to six share calendars, media media purchases and even apps and games – plus parents will be given a approval notification if a child tries to make a purchase on their device using the same family-tied credit card. The Photos app has also been boosted, giving you even more image editing tools, and all those changes are synced across the cloud too.

Siri has been boosted, and is now even plugged right into your car: you just say ‘Hey Siri’, and you can start talking to it without even touching your iPhone. Shazam functionality has also been baked right in, letting you hold up your iPhone or iPad to hear what song is currently playing.

Last but not least, the App Store is getting refreshed, making searching easier, with trending topics, related searches and even a new Editor’s Choice logo stamp too. Developers can also make App Bundles to let you buy a bunch of apps at once and provide short videosfor apps – say bye bye to just screenshots, and hello to actual gameplay, as a new beta service called TestFlight lets developers invite users to test out apps ahead of full launch.

Extensions are also on the way to iOS, giving you even more options to use your apps within iOS. Pinterest for example, can add its own button to the share sheet, while Bing translate can be added right inside of Safari. Widgets have now also been added to Notification Center, giving you features such as ESPN SportsCenter, Weather, and more.

Last but not least, iOS 8 will help power your smart home. There are already plenty of homeautomation products on the market, such as smart thermostats and lights, but each of those use their own protocols and connections: now Apple has come up with its own standard so only your iPhone can open your garage or front door. And with Siri integration, you can say “Time for bed, Siri” and everything connected, like your front door and thermostat will get ready for nighttime, locking all your doors and lowering your thermostat. Magic? It just might be.

Want in on iOS 8? It’s out in the autumn. Apple says it’ll be available for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display, which is every new device since late 2011, though whether every feature makes it to all of them still remains to be seen.

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