iOS 8 vs iOS 7 visualised: here's what has changed
While the new iOS 8 is already in developers' possession, the great majority of iPhone and iPad owners won't get to experience it first-hand until later this year. That's because the version made available by Apple is just an early beta – an unpolished release made for devs to tinker with – while the final variant's release is still several months away.
Nevertheless, those who want to take a sneak peek at Apple's OS, yet don't have a developer account, aren't out of options. One of them is to figure out how to install the iOS 8 beta on their iDevice. Another is to explore our preview of iOS 8, which we posted several days ago. And now, there's a third option – we present you with our side-by-side comparison between iOS 8 and iOS 7. Take a look at the many changes coming down the road for iOS.
If you get a text message in iOS 8, you can slide to the side straight from the lock screen and shoot a quick reply, or just mark the message as read.
Pop-up message notifications in iOS 8 let you quickly shoot a message back.
Users of iMessage can easily send voice and video text messages to one or multiple recipients.
The QuickType word prediction in iOS 8 intelligently suggests the next word you may want to input.
And if the stock Apple keyboard is not your cup of tea, there will be alternatives in iOS 8.
Yes, you can now mute group chats, or just leave, if you feel like it.
If you're a part of a chat, you can easily share your location with the rest of the gang, for a period of time, or indefinitely.
iOS 8 adds an alternative iMessage notification, a-la Viber. With a quick reply option, of course.
When you open up the recent app list in iOS 8, shortcuts with your most frequently contacted people will appear at the top.
The notifications in iOS 8 appear as a pop-up on top and can be easily discarded.
Siri has gained song recognition abilities in iOS 8, thanks to Shazam integration.
The notification panel now finally displays the weather with an icon, albeit a small one. And there's just one notification tab now. Oh, and what you see there are widgets. Yes, third-party widget support is coming with iOS 8.
The wonderful Spotlight Search feature has been brought over to Safari, so search suggestions appear along with Google recommendations as you type.
In case you ever need to view a desktop version of a website instead of its mobile one, that's an option added in Safari with iOS 8.
In the iOS 8 email client, a swipe to the left shows buttons for the "Trash","Flag", and "More" options, while a swipe to the right marks the message as read.
The camera is also getting the so-called time-lapse mode, condensing long periods of time caught on camera into a shorter video.
The built-in photo editing options include better cropping, as well as manual color and brightness controls.
With iOS 8, kids using iPhones and iPads may ask their parents for permission prior to purchasing an app. That's part of the Family Sharing set of features.
The new Health feature turns an iOS 8 device into a personal health monitoring device. Third-party accessories are required to do the data collection, however.