iOS 8 vs iOS 7 visualised: here's what has changed

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.



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hey can I get notifications on my lockscreen in Android? Cause I'm missing that from MeeGo

5. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

yes acutally

10. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

There's an app called NILS notifications lockscreen, check it out.

11. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yeah i used it for a while after reading about NILS here. But a couple of weeks later I uninstalled... It is convenient but your privacy is very exposed

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But isn't it only for Android 4.2?

17. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

No, here's a nexus 5 with kitkat running it:

19. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Ok. I'll have to try it then!

25. IndiaBhai

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 09, 2013

If you have 4.2+ you can install DashClock widget and different notification extensions for that from the Play Store. I know there are some other ways, but that's what I find most useful.

32. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Thanks. I tried it and seems a lot better than nils!

2. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Look the same except little changes but they're still better than Android.

9. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

In what sense is it better than Android if i may ask?...i bet you never used Android before, just blabbing nonsense, smh!

21. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

You took the bait

22. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android dominates 99% of the malware market for one. Implementation of Adroid updates are not universal among all phones. Will work fine in some, wreck havoc in others. I had a lady who came into my store the other day who installed Kit Kat, after that, her SIII stopped receiving email, texts, and voicemail. Complete utter nonsense. After reseting settings, uninstalling apps, etc. etc., the final solution was to completely boot the phone back to factory, and OLD Android - where she would most likely stay. Only aout 9% of Android users are using the latest Android software and about half of those are on a version of Android from 4 years ago! That means that if you pick up an iPhone 4s in the fall it will come with the newest version of iOS (iOS7 if you grabbed it now) If you pick up an S4, it wont come with the latest version and chances are the longer you wait to upgrade, the more chances of trouble later down the road with the updates. Apple updates work semingly universally, however on devices 3 generations away the new updates don't do very much for performance - pretty much forcing you to upgrade the phone but that's just business. Apple doesn't want you using old phoens with old software ayway - hence their install rate for their latest OS is way higher, 90% of Apple users are using the latest OS.

27. Sauce unregistered

Droidrapist, well said.

34. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you think about it, Apple works with this in hidnsight. Instead of adding all these features on phones, they hold back on features in exchange for functionality accross devices. The people running Android in 2010 did have more features than iOS 5 users, but NOW that Apple is on iOS 7, and with a larger install rate, and most Android users are on an old version of Android, in the LONG run, Apple users (as a whole) have the latest features that Android had 4 years ago. So it doesn't matter what new featuers Android adds today, only a small, tech savy percentange of their users will actually have this update while the rest of the non-tech savy users will be way behind - using something comprable to iOS 5. The end result is a much better user experience in the LONG term when you actually look at the install rate of their OS.

3. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I like some of it more, but a lot of it is upper screen activated. If the iPhone does get bigger, one hand operation is dead for the most part.

4. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Been there .. Done that with the Green Robot OS... Anyways, Nice additions though... Shazam Integration, Spotlight Search refinements, Quick messaging and Favourites in Multitasking are good additions though IMO... Another year with this pace there would be fierce competition with WP, iOS and Android...

6. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

I have to say that most of these features are already provided by Andriod and other messaging services. Was Apple sleeping all these years?

23. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

The problem is that a lot of those features came with battery problems, malware, spyware, etc. Plus I have both an Android and an Apple phone. Yea I get both for work since I sell phones part time for a living. I sell customers the phone THEY want, and talk about the GOOD things of Android - but I hate the touch screen. I hate the fact that you can't click on very small itmes on it instead it 'zooms' in to show you what you are supposed to be clicking on where iphone it never misses even the smallest of highlited text i can surprisingly click on. The comfort the touch screen is my win for the Apple, and the fact that I can install updates without fearing the whole phone going to hell.

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'm really impressed with iOS 8. I'll be lookin' to buy an iPad in the near future.

8. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

good article ;)

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31002; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looks great, now release it on those new beasts, so the Jedster and the mrs can rock em.

14. Bleak3993

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

so... they're becoming more like Android, nice move

15. rodex

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

most of these features such as, text prediction, searching through apps and appstore, sharing location, adding voice note in text messages, group chats, do not disturb in group chats, built in song recognition, manual exposure control in camera, health app, battery statistics etc already exist in windows phone. I am pretty sure Android has it too, my brother has an android. It almost seems like iPhone is playing catch up here.. So the real innovation will come in how seamlessly they've added it into the OS itself i guess.. which definitely remains to be seen.

24. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

The devil is the details here with all the fuctions. One example is prective texing. The iphone knows if you're talking to your boss, your mom, or your buddies... and shows predictive texting depending on who you're talking to! This is a feature worth waiting for - I rather have predictive texting that is useful instead of predictive texting that is useless.

16. steedsofwar unregistered

Google could do what Apple does and open a law suit. But they can't, Apple has just patented all of Androids features from 2010.

18. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

after so many years i feel like purchasing new iphone again....hope this time it will work for me without jailbreaking, since now apple have included so many features which were only possible after jailbreaking before.....if iphone 6 or iphab packs some compelling hardware, then will surely give it a try again......

20. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

i am a iPhone 5 user a loving the iOS 7 and iOS 8 but i don't really like is the favourite contacts when open the multi-tasking! i prefer a option to kill all open apps instead of the contacts -.- i hope that really can change that

26. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yikes, that looks like a mess, visual chaos with no elegance or functionality, and the frosted glass look seems so outdated. Ugh. Hope more folks use this update to switch to Windows Phone, as it's much more visually and aesthetically friendly and modern.

28. Sauce unregistered

First thing that honestly and truly came to mind when you mentioned "visual chaos" - Android. As far as WP goes, it is very nice looking. Stock WP > Stock Android (in terms of aesthetics). I personally don't like WP mainly because of the tile system. Guess I just haven't spent time with it and gotten the chance to use it. Only thing preventing me from getting a WP is the poor application store. Other than that, great.

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