Salient Features of iOS 8

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tim_cook_ios_8_apThe new versions of software – iOS 8 announced by Apple , which run its mobile devices has various new features. We list below its salient features as explained by Apple :

In iOS 8, the Photos app and iCloud Photo Library will give you access to all of your photos and videos anytime, anywhere. With this app, your photos can be easily found and are organized consistently across your connected devices. The Photos app can automatically straighten horizons and with smart editing tools, you can quickly adjust light and color or access individual tools for deeper fine-tuning. With iCloud Photo Library, every adjustment and effect is automatically updated across your devices.

apple_icloud_photo_library_appleTap to Talk feature will allow you to share your voice and the same simple gesture also works for sharing videos and photos within Messages. Group messaging now gives you the ability to add and remove contacts, leave a conversation and the option to not be disturbed. Users can easily browse through all of the photos and videos within a conversation and share multiple photos and videos at once. You can choose to share your current location from within Messages for an hour, a day or longer.

Apple has incorporated the new Health app, which is capable of gathering from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you to  track your vital signs, diet and sleeping habits. For example, the Nike+ apps using NikeFuel will be able to pull in other key HealthKit metrics such as sleep and nutrition to build a custom user profile and improve athletic performance. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic to make sure your weight, calorie intake and other health metrics are within healthy ranges. Samsung has also introduced fitness-related features in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5.

apple_ios_8_health_appleNew predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard is smarter and more personalized. QuickType understands the way you communicate, suggesting favorite phrases, so you can write entire sentences with just a few taps. What the keyboard learns is encrypted on your device and never sent to the cloud.

iOS 8 introduces Family Sharing, making it easier than ever to communicate and share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household. Family members can browse and download each other’s iTunes  iBooks or App Store purchases. Up to six members can participate, each with their own Apple ID. Parents can create Apple IDs for children, which includes Ask to Buy, requiring parental permission for purchases. Family Sharing automatically keeps everyone connected by creating a shared family photo stream, shared calendar and provides an option for locating family members and their devices.

apple_ios_8_family_sharing_appleWith iCloud Drive, documents of any type can be safely stored, accessed and edited across your devices. Make edits on one device and the most up-to-date version of your documents will be available across all devices, whether an iOS device, Mac, Windows PC or on www.icloud.com.

The new iOS 8 brings interactive notifications, quick access to key contacts, the ability to quickly switch back and forth between the inbox and drafts in Mail, as well as intelligent suggestions. It extends Spotlight capabilities that give you results beyond what’s on your device, including articles from Wikipedia, findings from the news and results from places nearby. It also offers greater continuity between iPhone, iPad and Mac, including Handoff to start an activity on one device and finish on another, along with Instant Hotspot and the ability to make and receive calls and send SMS and MMS messages from your Mac or iPad.

iOS 8 will be available this fall as a free software update 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.

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