Apple are due to release their new Operating System later this year. While you are waiting for it to come out here are some of the operating system’s latest features:
A features we have all been waiting for is better faster typing. Apple has worked to improve the default iOS 8 keyboard with a new predictive text system. The technology suggests what word you’re likely to type next based on past conversations. It also takes into account how you write to different people – so iOS 8 will understand that when talking to your boss you use formal language but when talking to your friend you use informal language. Apple said the predictive text technology would allow people to compose messages and emails “with a few taps”.
Up to six people can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks and the App Store without having to share the same account. Family Sharing also allows parents to pay for and approve purchases by children from their own device. The feature also makes sharing photos, a family calendar and other information easier. Once setup, Family Sharing grants access to music, movies, TV shows, books and apps, without needing to share the same Apple ID or passwords. Collecting and sharing photos together into shared albums is also possible, while Family Sharing can share the location of family members so you can see where they are.
Apple’s Health app collects together health and fitness data collected by other iOS 8 apps and brings everything together in one place. Heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol, sleep patterns and more can all be measured and recorded on an iPhone through apps such as Nike+. The Health app also lets you create an emergency health card that’s available from the lock screen, detailing blood type, allergies and other important information. Apple hopes that Health and the underlying HealthKit developer software will allow hospitals and medical professionals to receive health and fitness data, allowing medical information to be more easily tracked and monitored.
iOS 8 doesn’t look drastically different to iOS 7, but it still has lots of less noticeable changes. Double-tapping the home button will now bring up a list of people you often contact, as well as recently opened apps. Notifications are now interactive, so tapping on a message will let you reply without opening the app while tapping on a calendar invitation will let you decline or accept. Third-party apps such as Facebook can also use interactive notifications to let you comment or like things without opening Facebook. Mail is now more intelligent and able to recognise addresses, phone numbers, diary invites and more and suggest that you add them to contacts and calendars. New swipe gestures also make it quicker to delete, flag or mark messages as read. In Safari, the tab page from iPHone now appears on iPad, with a new sidebar sliding out to show bookmarks, Reading List and shared links.
A new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library mean your phone should never fill up and you should never have to delete a photo again – so long as you’re happy to pay Apple to store them for you. Once enabled on your iPhone and or iPad, iCloud Photo Library automatically stores all your RAW image files online. You can then view them on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or the web. Smaller versions of files sized specifically for each device are stored locally. The first 5GB of iCloud storage is free, with more storage starting at 69p per month. Any edits made to photos on one device are synced across all devices, while it is also easier to search for specific photos and albums. New editing tools to crop and straighten photos have also been added along with options for adjusting brightness, contract and exposure. iOS 8 also sees a number of new Apple filters for photos with a new time-lapse video function also available.
New Messages app
Messages will include options to quickly send voice snippets and videos at the touch of a button. Group conversations can now be renamed with clear options to add and drop people into conversations. A new Do Not Disturb button lets you mute a conversation and read through it later. Your location can be shared with other people in a conversation for just one hour, until the end of the day or indefinitely, making it easier to find friends when arranging to meet up. Attachments in conversations can now be viewed with one tap and you can also now send multiple photos and videos at once.