Apple iOS 8: check out all the new features, compatibility and beta download
Apple iOS 8 is here - check out all the new features
1. Health hub
2. Interactive notifications and third-party widgets
The new system in iOS 8 was demonstrated with an eBay widget in the pull-down notification center, which informed the user on the progress of a guitar bidding process. You can place your bid straight from the notification center, too, which adds interactive elements to the widget experience, and increases their usage tremendously. It is not yet clear whether developers will have to go through a vetting process, before their widgets make it in the notification center of your iPhone and iPad, or it's going to be the Wild Wild Widget land there, but the new system is a very welcome and uncharacteristic step, which is likely to earn Apple's a lot of user accolades.
3. Frequent Contacts get to the Multitasking View
4. QuickType keyboard
5. Third-party keyboards
6. Family Sharing
7. Group messaging
9. Always-on Siri, powered by Shazam
The photos and videos you take are stored in iCloud Drive in their full resolution and glory. The first 5 GB of storage there are absolutely free, and you can get 20 GB for $0.99 per month, or go all the way up to 1TB.
11. iCloud Drive
12. New Mail features and Gestures control
13. New design and animations
1. maherk (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I am confused now, is my Galaxy S5 running Kitkat 4.4 or iOS 8?
13. Doakie (Posts: 1167; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Apple is such a disgrace. This update is a pathetic show of how behind they were and how unimaginative they've become.
30. amiaq (Posts: 393; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
If Google has "Project Butter", with iOS 8 Apple should call it "Project Ketchup", get it? Ketchup, catch up? Get it?
4. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
no it's running kitkat. ios8 is closer to gingerbread.
33. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
Nice S health copy...! Interesting....icrap becoms icopy..
34. bigdawg23 (Posts: 352; Member since: 25 May 2011)
As an owner of both a Note 3 on 4.4 and iPhone 5 on iOS 7 I am very open minded.
Both OS's have pluses and minus's. When it comes to message notification my personal opinion is IOS is ahead of Android. On my Note 3 I need to swipe from the lock screen into the app to even see the message. While on iOS it right there on the screen. The new features creates a greater gap with the instant reply on screen. As an example on my Note 3, I would prefer to use Hangout to link several devices both apple and android but use Samsungs message app for instant on lock screen notifications.
There are other items but this comes instantly to mind. Now Android does lead iOS with the ability to open threaded email and insert a document or other items vs iOS only ability to start a new message for each document. Only Pictures can be done in multiple attachments.
At the end of the day it becomes preference. Since I carry a work and personal phone at all times it allows for me to get the best of both worlds.
39. saiki4116 (Posts: 334; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
There are messaging apps which overlay, by which you can reply directly. The main problem with iOS notification center is if you have many notifications, you cant dismiss them as easily like in Android.
6. amats69 (Posts: 995; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Oh is that the same confusion if you have the s3 s4 or s5 the time you bought ur s5?
12. maherk (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
No it's the same confusion iFans have when buying the 3G/3GS, 4/4S, 5/5S, or any iPad whether it's the iPad air or the iPad water.
19. amats69 (Posts: 995; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Oh by the way...i didnt mention all those galaxy models...its too.many to mention.
25. alaw.14 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
Samsung is 33 percent market share, ofcourse you couldnt count that many models
28. maherk (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
No please go ahead and mention them, that will make your argument even worst. Samsung has devices that ranges from $80 to $699, giving those with the average budget to buy a new phone (same goes to all Android OEMs), where as iPhone is one the most overpriced gadgets
31. amats69 (Posts: 995; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Wut? Youre missin my point.and i will not waste my time arguing to a fanboy..well i wasted already....by the way i didnt owned an iphone..and u are right it is overpriced..i dont like small screens thats why im enjoying my m8.
10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1456; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Android kitkat at double digit market share yet? It was released about 7-8 months ago.
2. AfterShock (Posts: 2530; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Quite a few, me too features.
Now the hardware, then the new lease rates.
5. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
iFeaturePhone reaching 2010. long live the Dinosaurs.
7. JustShadow (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)
Why I have Most of these features on my Xperia SP
11. mobi_user (Posts: 105; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
Most of them are improvement over existing things. But nothing as such to make feel wow.
14. ayubkhan008 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
why i think this site hate windows phone or nokia because when nokia or windows phone get something new updates they dont advertise it more but if theres any little update of android or ios or samsung than this site posting advertisement every single minute lol :D
15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2434; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
And iOS is that same glaring ugly white that is hard on the eyes, especially at night.
16. Izoe (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)
The iphone is gradually becoming more complex with every iteration. Sooner or later it will not be a phone you can just pick up and use. It was easy for them to say the phone was easy to use because at the time the phone lacked a lot of extra functionality, but with the expanding functionality, that is bound to change. One thing I'm still waiting for is an in built file manager and interconnection with other mobile platforms. At a time apple said 3.5" was the perfect screen size, but the iphone is now at 4" and is rumoured to be aiming for higher. So I guess you never say never.
17. Antimio (Posts: 166; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
None of this should be considered "new". it's all a copy.
18. frydaexiii (Posts: 1185; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
There's no better time to know how backward iOS is than WWDC when Apple presents stolen "new" features that Android users have taken for granted for years.
20. Antimio (Posts: 166; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand iPhone 4 and 4S will miss these...
23. Izoe (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)
Depending on how much processing power and ram is required for these new updates, even the iphone 5 and 5s will miss some of the new features talk less of the 4 and 4s
26. AfterShock (Posts: 2530; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Yes I'm curious how well the 5s runs this too,
Never mind crashing and force closing issues.
Apple has caught up to where android and WP were and have moved on from.
5s may be known as 5stutters from now on.
22. wilsong17 (Posts: 782; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
most of the thing can be found on the galaxy s5
im running a custom rom with all the gs5 stuff look the same
27. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I like the third party keyboards and better communications between apps. What I would like, but not here yet is the ability to change the default apps.
32. anino1996 (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
Swipe to type??? Sooo android!!!! Reply notifications on the spot??? Sooo BB os 10.2.!!!!! Apple would have been sueing already!!! What a shame....... sorry iFanboys..... I think u need to have a talk with Daddy
35. anino1996 (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
Or was copying android without being sued the punishment given from their last court case with Samsung???
36. TechDork (Posts: 215; Member since: 10 May 2010)
Still, not giving us the choice to adds pictures to the backgrounds of our text messaging...fine.
38. baldilocks (Posts: 501; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
Just trying to imagine what a flustercluck that notification center is going to be with widgets in it.....
41. eldyagustius (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
I'm sure even the minor update from WP 8.0 to WP 8.1 is larger and has more innovations than this major update from iOs 7.0 to 8.0 :)