As expected, Apple just unveiled iOS 8 at its annual developer’s event. The next major software update for iPhones and iPads will be released later this year. The upcoming operating system is full of new features. Apple has added some significant new features and tweaks.
Here’s a quick look at the new features in iOS 8.
- Apple is opening beta testing for apps. This will let developers give away more copies of its apps for testing, which should make them better.
- It’s allowing third-party apps to integrate with IOS. Instead of maintaining its closed stance it’s integrating third-party app functionality into its in-house applications.
- Apple also announced that it would add widgets to iOS’ notification center. These are pretty useful for getting information at a glance.
- Spotlight search is more comprehensive. Today, if you search on the iPhone you just see what’s on the iPhone. Apple’s Spotlight search now lets you search the internet, too. In the future, it will be a universal search that looks through the web, the App Store, and lots of other places.
- Another big new feature to the Camera app is the ability to take time-lapse photos simply by swiping to the left and pressing record-your iPhone will then capture individual frames and splice them together. Users can tweak focus and exposure, too, all by just tapping the screen.
- Apple is allowing third-party keyboards. Apple’s new iPhone keyboard has a feature called Quick Type, which can predict what word you’re likely to type next.
- iCloud Drive is just like Dropbox or Google Drive. Once you sync up your files, you can access them from other Mac computers, as well as iOS devices. Bonus: iCloud Drive will even work for Windows.
- Siri now works by just saying, “Hey, Siri.” This will make using Siri a lot easier.
- You can now mark messages as read to keep them at the top of your inbox with a single gesture.
- You can also access the contacts you communicate with the most frequently by double tapping the home button.