Apple iOS 8: check out all the new features, compatibility and beta download


After the biggest visual overhaul in iOS history last year, the new iOS 8 doesn't offer a bold and freshly overhauled look, but will bring many brand new features to your aging iOS device, and improved functionality. They will be coming in the fall to the Apple iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5s, your iPad 2iPad 3 (new iPad), iPad 4, or iPad mini and mini 2 tablets, as well as your iPod touch 5th generation media player. Apple's iOS 8 is arriving to the above devices in the fall, while developers can get their hands on the beta version almost immediately, as usual.

Apart from the grandstanders, like the new Health application, or the Interactive Notifications set, we also have a smorgasbord of smaller feature update and improvements. And the news is "massive," as Apple says, since iOS 8 will also allow third-party keyboards, and even foreign widgets in the notifications center for the first time. Check out some of the main iOS 8 features below, and tell us what you think about Apple's latest mobile operating system update.

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40 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am confused now, is my Galaxy S5 running Kitkat 4.4 or iOS 8?

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It runs IOS 4.4

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

If Google has "Project Butter", with iOS 8 Apple should call it "Project Ketchup", get it? Ketchup, catch up? Get it?

4. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

no it's running kitkat. ios8 is closer to gingerbread.

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Sorry my bad....let's say IOS 2.3

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

iCopycats iPussycats

33. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Nice S health copy...! Interesting....icrap becoms icopy..

34. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Oh is that the same confusion if you have the s3 s4 or s5 the time you bought ur s5?

12. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Oh by the way...i didnt mention all those galaxy models...its too.many to mention.

25. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Samsung is 33 percent market share, ofcourse you couldnt count that many models

28. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Android kitkat at double digit market share yet? It was released about 7-8 months ago.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Quite a few, me too features. Now the hardware, then the new lease rates.

5. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

iFeaturePhone reaching 2010. long live the Dinosaurs.

7. JustShadow

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Why I have Most of these features on my Xperia SP

8. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

iOS8 = 4.0 ICS. Welcome to 2011 Apple.

11. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Most of them are improvement over existing things. But nothing as such to make feel wow. :(

14. ayubkhan008

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 02, 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

29. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Samsung is Android :p.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And iOS is that same glaring ugly white that is hard on the eyes, especially at night.

16. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 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: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

None of this should be considered "new". it's all a copy.

18. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand iPhone 4 and 4S will miss these...

23. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 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

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