New details about iOS 8 surface following WWDC announcement

We have to commend Apple for being able to maintain such a diligent update schedule for iOS. Each year, we learn about some of the neat new features to come, then we see them put into action with a new device a few months later. It is a proven recipe and from the looks of things, we will not see the Cupertino clan change that approach at WWDC in June.

Now that we know WWDC will be held June 2-6, we are seeing reports that detail what iOS 8 will have in store for consumers and how Apple will drive developers to expand the ecosystem for the iPhone, iPad and beyond.

Codename: Okemo

Regarding iOS 8 specifically, we have learned that it has been codenamed “Okemo,” which as far as we can tell, was borrowed from a popular ski resort in Vermont. Visually speaking, iOS 8 will not depart from Jony Ive’s design motif. Functionally, iOS 8 will add a host of health and fitness related features to the experience.

In addition to the health parts, Apple Maps will apparently also reach parity with solutions offered by Google and Microsoft (Nokia). That will be something most interesting to observe since Apple Maps seems to have been in a perpetual beta stage since taking the helm a couple years ago.


From a fitness and health perspective, there will be a “healthbook,” which leaked last month. It will track nearly everything related to your personal physical condition. From aggregating personal health data, like blood work to blood sugar levels, to fitness activity, gathered by apps and accessories, the health book will be about the closest you can get to carrying around your medical file with you, without the stacks of paper. The healthbook will also include emergency card data, which will provide important basic information to first responders, age, weight, medications, blood type, or even if you happen to be an organ donor.

Apple Maps

Apple Maps will retain the familiar user interface, but underneath a monumental overhaul has taken place which should improve basic mapping data, and obviously better clarity to imagery. Location data will be improved and augmented by better cartography data, and clearer labeling for points of interest, bus stops, airports and train stations.

One new feature that is expected to be added is public transit directions, something that Google and Nokia have had for years. What is notable about that is this was previously stated by Apple as something the company would leave to third-party developers. Of course, that was something outlined by Scott Forstall in 2012, and as we all know, he no longer works at Apple.

iTunes Radio, Voice-over-LTE

Other tidbits we are learning about iOS 8 involve the possibility of breaking iTunes Radio into its own app in an effort to push better promotion and growth of the service. Though, given it has only been available for six or seven months, iTunes Radio has made a respectable showing.

Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) will also be supported in iOS 8 which should be intriguing. The challenge then will be if carriers support the feature later this year. T-Mobile does in select markets (thanks to MetroPCS), but the rest of the carrier gang is still testing things.

Messaging and Notification Center

Messaging in iOS 8 may also offer the ability for the user to select messages to be deleted automatically after a certain period of time.  Users should be able select if messages are deleted after a month, or perhaps a year.  The feature can also be disabled for those that never delete their messages, but it will prove handy for those who may have storage problems.

The Notification Center will be simplified a little, removing the “Today,” “All,” and “Missed” tabs and combining or streamlining how they are presented. Apple may implement features that incorporate more notifications, but that is not yet confirmed. 

Of course, Apple will be implementing iOS 8 to be a faster performer and reportedly the focus is on making the camera on newer generation hardware even faster.

Enhanced text editing and game developer tools should also be in the mix for iOS 8, not to mention updates to the flagship Apple OS X 10.10 for the MacBook, iMac, and Mac Pro. All-in-all, a solid list of things to look forward to at WWDC 2014.  Now, we will just sit back and watch the rumor mills go crazy with anticipated hardware specifications for the next iPhone.

sources: 9to5Mac via Redmond Pie



16. spasticpat

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Don't care, I'll be back on Android by June.

15. TechDork

Posts: 405; Member since: May 10, 2010

Can we at least have the option to had a background image to our text threads, for example, on WhatsApp, you can add a background image to your messages? Just a little customization, Apple.

14. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Contextual menu's please... Oh wait, that's never going to happen...

12. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I just want a smarter phone dialer. Twitter widget back in notifcation center. And a more robust lock screen.

7. kosal

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

As they are introducing larger screens.....Swype keyboard plzzz...!!!

4. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

I think Apple will be releasing a "Forked Version" of Jelly Bean 4.1.2... LOL... :P

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Same old thing. Still inferior to android.

5. geordie8t1 unregistered

And in my view it will always be that way, iphone is a well built feature phone, but a flagship android will trounce all over it in EVERY other aspect.

6. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Trounce it how, in my opinion all these phones are similar, they all do the same thing, yes a part or there maybe newer on android but its nothing big, the iPhone could still be used and no one will lose sleep. I have a 1520, and a Note 3, and I could switch to iPhone at any time because no matter which OS I go to they all offer something similar. There is no trouncing, and even if a phone came out with worldly spec not much apps or games will be made for it. If anything It with a small market like the tegra zone for the Motorola Atrix, so we would have to wait for 2 more upgrades or at least 1 more upgrades of the same phone to finally see developers fully take advantage.

9. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Lol...............oh you're serious?

11. frustyak

Posts: 249; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

I thought the same way for a long time. Had an HTC Aria, Moto Atrix, and a One X, each of them unlocked and rooted. Switched four months ago to a 5S. Before, I used to talk, text, surf, check my feeds, and play games. Now, I talk, text, surf, check my feeds, and play games. Being a fanboy was fun while it lasted, but I've moved on. Just enjoy the phone you have.

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Widgets please.

8. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

No, thank you.

10. HansGoneInsane unregistered

I like the conference logo. It already gives a clue of what we can expect from the next iPhone.

13. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013


17. HansGoneInsane unregistered

I guess it refers to the new quantum dot display Apple is going to introduce with the next iPhone since the logo shows a whole spectrum of colors in dots.

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