10 little-known or hidden iOS 8 features

10 little-known or hidden iOS 8 features
So we've been playing with iOS 8 on our iPhone for a while now and we have to say that we're quite pleased with what Apple has crafted. We dig the many major improvements in the platform's new release, and the minor ones are not to be overlooked either. This post, in particular, is dedicated to the later group. After digging here and there, we managed to find a number of cool features in iOS 8 that have not received much publicity. In fact, many of them may not even come to the user's attention unless they specifically search for them. Here are 10 of these little-known or hidden features in iOS 8, and if you happen to know any iOS 8 secrets that we've missed, let us know in the comments!

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23 Comments

1. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

I like that I can see detailed battery stats to see what's using up my 5S's battery; on nitpick I have, however, is that it only shows battery usage over the past 24 hours. It doesn't show what's been using the battery since it was last unplugged or since it was last fully charged. So if I notice a higher than normal battery drain today, but not yesterday, seeing stats for the past 24 hours won't help me find the culprit.

2. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

More features, more battery consumption.

5. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Not necessarily...

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Friends who have upgraded from iOS 7 to 8 on their iToy 5S haven't reported shorter battery life. Also, I haven't seen a bunch of complaints on the support forums about battery life issues with iOS 8. My net takeaway is that iOS 8 is an improvement over 7. Magic 8-Ball says there is a faster conversion from 7 to 8 than there was from 6 to 7.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1660; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I was hoping for something cool :(

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

But Steve jobs and Apple do not believe in features. Why would Apple users want these features of Android? Apple and it's users don't like and believe in technology.

9. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

did you post on the correct thread? Im utterly confused at to what you are talking about.......

13. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I'm not. I know exactly what he is talking about. Apple steals ideas because they ran out of ideas. They don't like giving customers features that would make their experience more enjoyable and their customers don't seem to mind.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Don't you ever get tired of yourself?

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

This is for people who are too lazy to search through the settings

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

So all these years you could never view websites in desktop mode with Safari? Really???

10. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Technically you still could but you had to scroll all the way down on the website and find their "Full Site" option. This just removes that extra step.

16. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Ah, I see.

8. napsterO6

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Picture 9 Allerfic to Apple! xD

12. Moh.Nom

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

a typical case of anti-appleism. not that i'm an i-fan.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Well it was quite funny to see an iPhone screen that says Allergic to apples

11. mturby unregistered

u can do all that with android 2.3

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Here's one I discovered earlier by mistake. When using mic. to dictate a message or make a note - it will transcribe in the language of selecteded keyboard. So, if your keyboard language is Spanish it will transcribe in Spanish when using talk-to-type.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

I tried it in Spanish and in Russian so far and it's very accurate.

19. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

Recently deleted photos can be recovered? More like Celebrity Photo Leak Part 2...

20. rodin1960

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

OS nit pick: lost all my keyboard text shortcuts (settings, general, keyboard, shortcuts). It was a quick way to type in my email address using initials ie r.r = r0pe@slipnot123.com.

21. rodin1960

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Other OS8 Safari secrets I found: 1. The address bar reduces in size (giving you more space) when scrolling down a webpage and instead of scrolling back up just click on the bar to reveal the address bar. 2. When you have multiple tabs, you can pinch two fingers to reveal thumbnails of webpages, just click to open. 3. When registering an new website account user name and password, Safari offers you a strong password option and storage in Keychain (& use Auto fill when visiting the website to login).

23. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

For android phones and their users to be so much more advanced, they sure do act like children with the insults they come up with. Obviously Apple phone users don't care about all that RAM and clock speed you all talk about. I'm enjoying a stable and lag free operating system. I don't need to unlock my bootloader, root, flash and download another rom to my phone. All that work just to make your phone useable ? That's funny. #androidskins #bloatware And before all the "ignorant" fanboy and iTool comments start, ask yourself this question: Would you rather be using your device and enjoying the features, or would you rather keep coming out from under that troll bridge to show your jealousy ? Jus sayin...

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