At WWDC on 2nd, June, Apple focused on software instead of hardware. And, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 are the two main focuses. Furthermore, WWDC presentation focused heavily on the way OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 worked together, with several new features that increase the integration between the two operating systems.
Much-anticipated iOS 8 – More Change on Functions Instead of Appearance
As the big change of iOS 7 has launched not long ago, there is not much surprise on the iOS 8 interface design, still keeps the style of flat on iOS 7. However, big surprise of iOS 8 is on the new functions. Let’s have a detailed look in the below.
Handoff, lets a user start a task on one device and then switch to another. A person might writing an email on the iPhone, and then pick up where they left off when sitting down at a Mac. A user can browse the web on the Mac and then continue browsing the same website on the go on the iPad.
This feature is enabled automatically, so long as all devices are signed into the same iCloud account. Handoff works with apps like Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts, and it can be built into third-party apps.
Message has finally gained a much-desired feature that allows users to leave group conversations. It's much simpler to add and remove users from group conversations, and a new Messages "Do Not Disturb" mode lets users mute group conversations whenever necessary.
In group conversations, users are also able to share their locations for a set period of time via a new "Send My Current Location" button. It also supports voice recordings, which can be captured using a new microphone button and sent via a swipe. Users who receive a voice recorded message can raise the phone to their ear to hear the message. Similarly, video messages can be sent in almost the same way, and watched directly within the Messages app.
New photo management app enables you to find your favored pictures more quickly and easily. And powerful editing function is also added in this new App. You can make your pictures more beautiful with a few clicks. Indeed, the new App is redesigned as an iCloud Photo Library which will keep photos organized into Moments, Collections, and Years, much like the Photos app does now.
Just as the photo storage on iCloud Photo Library, iCloud offers users to store their files on iCloud Drive. As its own Cloud storage service, iCloud Drive allows users to save on cross-platform, access different files. What’s more, except supporting Apple devices, it is compatible with Windows as well.
It provides you with personal health data. On the backend, Apple is calling it HealthKit which is a piece of management software for wearable device. It is even able to connect with hospital, being a health management platform.
It is a new feature in iOS 8 that lets you sync up all the devices in a single family (must be tied to one credit card) to automatically share media, calendars, reminders, or find my friends. You can also locate people’s devices, which could come in handy for parents with forgetful kids, or vice versa.
iOS 8 makes typing easier by suggesting contextually appropriate words to complete your sentences. It even recognizes to whom you’re typing and whether you’re in Mail or Messages because your tone in an email may be different from your tone in a message. For example, one of your friends texts you to ask whether to eat dinner or watch a film, then QuickType will show “Eat dinner” and “Watch a film” in the input so that you can reply the message as quick as possible.
The spotlight search on iOS 8 not only supports local search, it allows you to interconnect to look for App, News, Restaurant, Music, Film, etc.
In addition, Device Enrollment is a new business-oriented feature which aimed to let Apple be better fit in enterprise environment. And it emphasizes details more than ever. For example, you can reply messages from the locked screen, manage mails more efficiently, current contact added onto the taskbar, call and text more speedily.
Finally, these are only a small selection of the new features that have been added to iOS 8, more features will be added at this release and the iOS 8 beta updates to come.
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