Apple iOS 8, the biggest update since the App Store roll-out, has arrived: here's all you need to know

Apple’s WWDC 2014 is off to a blazing start with the official introduction of iOS 8, the biggest update to Apple’s mobile operating system since the company launched the App Store in 2008.

Apple’s iOS 8 is indeed a huge update that stands out with being as much about end users, as it is about developers. Ordinary users will notice new features like the new Health hub application, Siri’s expanded functionality, the added support for custom keyboards, for widgets (limited, but still… widgets on iOS!), interactive “actionable” notifications… Developers, on the other hand, will have to master the new Swift coding language, work on embedding TouchID where appropriate, and so much more.

Apple iOS 8: all-around improvements, no changes in looks

Apple’s iOS 8 is all about functionality improvements: starting from the way favorite contact appear subtly, but handily in the multitasking menu, and going through cool new convergence features with the Mac.

Apple adds a sprinkle of coolness with a new camera feature that - we bet - is among the favorites of many camera buffs: you’d be able to shoot time-lapse videos on an iOS 8-enabled device.

Third-party keyboards, and SwiftKey is already hard at work...

How many times have you heard Android converts lavish praise to the endless opportunities of Google's operating system, and one thing in particular - the possibility to install custom replacement keyboards with all varieties of input options?! Not once, or twice, we'd guess. Now, Apple hands you a shield against all such accusations of iOS being limited by introducing official custom third-party keyboard support in iOS 8. SwiftKey, the maker of the extremely popular gesture-enabled keyboard on Android, has already announced it's hard at work, and we can only hope the results appear sooner rather than later.

Health, Siri, Touch ID: Apple is opening up

Apple did not surprise us with the new Health hub and dedicated SDK that allows third-party accessory makers to tap into iOS devices capabilities - after all, we’ve seen it all in rumors before. It all came true to the tee, and so did the rumored Siri polish with new features like the built-in song recognition, powered by Shazam.

One of our favorite iOS 8 features is that Apple also opened up Touch ID to all app developers. Imagine the possibilities - you can have your banking app authorize your payments without the need to type in lengthy and hard-to-remember passwords, and that browser history might finally be totally safe.

Apple iOS 8 release date and compatible devices

Apple’s iOS 8 will arrive to end users this Fall, and that’s when we expect Apple’s new devices (hello, iPhone 6!) to start arriving on store shelves. However, developers can get an early taste of iOS 8 with the betas that start becoming available right away (here's how to get iOS 8 right now). Apple’s iOS 8 is compatible with iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th gen, iPad 2nd and later, as well as the iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.



1. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

All those updates is a bunch of BS apple really need to get it together

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is coming from a blackberry fan

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol right

37. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

yes even blackberry fans mock apple.

76. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Yes I'm a blackberry fan and I have a had all the flagship high end phones I work in the industry the reason why my user name is blackberry_boy because there legendary they were one of the first smart phones that everyone had at open point like the iPhone I'm a iphone fan it's just they need to turn it up all the way to be really in the game but nevertheless people will still buy if only one thing was updated

17. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I'm guessing one day all the major OS will converge into a single similar OS

42. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

WHat the hell are you? Are you on marijuana? Do you live in Colorado?

34. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

and iphonearena calls every minor update biggest. absolutely ridiculous.

49. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Because every new iphone or iOS update is juz addition of 3-4 features. Compared to that, this update is huge coz it has 8 features...

69. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

yea...its nothing compare to jelly bean OS feature in our Tesco tablet

67. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Is Android going to get royalties from the blatant copying iOS8 is doing?!?

2. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I think iOS really needed some improvements in functionality, and iOS 8 is a big step in that direction For me, iOS and WP, before the new updates, were really lacking in interface, customizations and functions (file management, third party apps integrated in the UI, widgets, notifications center...), but now both OSs can have wider consumers range and can interest Android users further

62. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wtihout having to use little plastic phones with crapy touch screens lol

70. edditnyc

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 19, 2014

That's why they made the iPhone 5c, right? hmmm

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man I can't wait to use iOS 8. Much needed improvements, bring it Apple.

5. Sauce unregistered

I can't wait for iOS8s iMessage. The group chat improvements, settings, features, walkie talkie like voice texts, in-panel video viewing, and all the rest of the goodies that make the amazing iMessage even better. iOS8s iMessage puts SMS and most third party apps to shame. Also excited for the 20gigs cloud storage for 0.99¢ is amazing, not to mention their larger yet cheap as dirt storage plans. Photos app is going to be even better. Tons of nice, practical, useful features added. Not to mention photo searching and favorites. iCloud Drive is gonna be sweet too. Very nice update that everyone will get to enjoy.

11. bananana

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

really bro? how much does apply pay you? No. I'm serious. How freaking much?

19. Sauce unregistered

I'll tell you how much Apple pays me if you tell me how much daddy spends on your anger meds :D

29. bananana

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

atleast I have a dad! haha.. move on apple super fanboy.. move on...

57. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

You don't have to tell us. We knew that it's not going to be more than the price of a 64GB iPhone 5S.

33. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 299; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

last checked heep ate grass, so i guess that is wht they vouch for...

50. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

LOL.. His comment actually seems like paid one...

61. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apple doesn't have to pay bloggers anything, they have enough Android fanboys spreading Apple news they might as well pay them for all the free advertising!

75. JoeDirt

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

The man is entitled to his opinion. You don't need to take the low road and act like he gets paid. He, like me and millions of other people enjoy Apple products because of the seamless product integration from a vertical company. Everyone complains that Apple never announces anything ground breaking or "cutting edge" but in reality, when has Apple ever introduced a revolutionary product? Apple doesn't try to be first. When have they ever? Apple tries to be the best. I think Journalists, Commentators and Experts miss the boat with their out of place expectations. The following is a BASIC list of Apple products and ideas that were not the first of their kind. Apple simply did a better job of bringing them to customers. iPod iPad iPhone iTunes App Store TouchID 64bit Processor upcoming iWatch And that's just scratching the surface. That's my two cents anyways :)

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sauce, I just watched the keynote, and was floored by the new features and demos. iOS 8 is gonna be huge, and with these new big screen iPhones coming down the out. I will be in line early bro, can't miss out on launch day.

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

iOS 8 is awesome. It gave me everything I wanted. I'm waiting until Google I/O, we'll see if Android 5.0 and the Moto X+1 can keep Apple from stealing me this year.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Berzerk what did u like most.

48. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The 3rd party keyboards, and the new gaming API, Metal. Up to 10 times the performance in games compared to OpenGL, that's insane.

41. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lmao. iFreakinDinosaurs. innovation at it's best.

43. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Sauce is a Apple fanboy. Always mock Android and Samsung. Based on this rehashed features set already available to Android. Apple market share will sink further.

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