It seems that the next iteration of
Apple's iOS has gotten a serious case of the leaks. Yesterday, the
new Maps, Healthbook, and iTunes Radio applications that are
supposedly featured in it, were outlined. Today, Apple insiders
allegedly discovered some clues about a refined Notification Center, an
inter-app communication API, improvements in Messages, possible
removal of Game Center, CarPlay functionality, and more.
All of this information should be taken with a fine grain of iSalt, because it's entirely unconfirmed at present. With this out of the way, let's take a look at each of the new discoveries:
New iOS8 rumors
New iOS8 rumors
The three-column Notification Center could be simplified. Reportedly, Apple is considering to combine the "All Notifications" and "Missed Notifications" views, which would leave the Notification Center with only "Today" and "Notifications" views.
Apple is working to enable apps to share data between each other. An app that wants to share content over social networks, for example, can call up the official Facebook and Instagram apps, instead of relying on proprietary integration or social network apps. This API was being primed to debut in iOS 7, but Apple held it back for reasons unknown. It could add it to iOS 8, or leave it on the back burner for another year.
Voice Memos' control layout could be rearranged and cleared up after some iOS 7 users were left confused with how to play their recordings.
Message threads could receive automatic deletion control. If so, iOS will be able to automatically remove messages after a month, or after a year, according to the user's preferences. This will solve the problem with old messages preoccupying the device's storage space.
Apple could quietly assassinate the Game Center application and scatter its ashes, so to speak, within games that are integrated with the service. If so, its social and other functionality will be found directly within these titles.
The newly revealed CarPlay functionality could be made to function over Wi-Fi in connected vehicles. At present, the service only works with the Lighting cable. Volvo has already confirmed that its CarPlay embodiment will work over Wi-Fi.
In addition, iOS 8 will see further speed and performance enhancements that will make it run even smoother than iOS 7.1. Animations have been sped up and the overall stability has been improved, too.