Apple today announced iOS 8, the latest version of its popular mobile operating system. Along with iOS 8, come a handful of new features meant to enhance its usability.
Let’s take a look at what’s new with iOS.
1) Updated Keyboard
Apple is updating the iOS keyboard, finally. It was beginning to show its age, and autocorrect just isn’t our friend about 80 percent of the time. New is Quicktype, which functions to learn what you say. For instance, iOS 8 may finally learn that you are saying “yo” and not “to.” That’s always an annoyance for me. Swiftkey is another feature, which works pretty much like Swype for Android.
This app tracks several health related statistics about you. For instance, footsteps, daily activity such as calories burned, hours of sleep, hours spent being sedentary and other important stats to help you track your fitness.
3) iCloud Drive
iCloud drive is going to work in a fashion similar to Dropbox. It syncs files across your devices, such as your iPad, iPhone and Mac. This is similar to iCloud, but this allows for storage of multiple file types rather than those specific to Apple applications (Pages, Keynote, etc.) One of the key features of this is that files sync automatically. This means you don’t have to move files and folders as you do with Dropbox. You simply save them and they sync.
4) Interactive Notifications
This will give you interactive notifications similar to those in OS X. For instance, if someone sends you a message, you can reply without having to switch to the Messages app. This is extremely useful for when you are in the middle of something or using an app and don’t want to have to switch back and forth.
Coming This Fall
iOS 8, like all Apple software updates these days will be a free download. It arrives this Fall.