iOS 8’s key fea­tures

Mac Format - - WWDC 2014 -

While iOS 7 was mostly about the looks, the next ver­sion will fo­cus on ex­pand­ing iOS’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties. There are great new fea­tures for ev­ery­one, but what’s most ex­cit­ing is the thou­sands of new de­vel­oper tools. Re­leased this au­tumn, iOS 8 will sup­port ev­ery­thing from the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and later.

Ex­tend­ing iOS

A new part of iOS 8 is ‘ex­ten­sions’ for de­vel­op­ers to make their apps ac­ces­si­ble from other parts of the OS. This al­lows for cus­tom shar­ing op­tions, ac­tions in other apps, third-party key­boards and in­ter­ac­tive wid­gets in No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter. The pos­si­bil­i­ties for new use­ful apps is huge.

In­ter­act ive no­ti­fi­ca­tions

When some no­ti­fi­ca­tions come in, you’ll be able to take ac­tion on them with­out leav­ing what­ever app you’re in. For texts, for ex­am­ple, you can type and send a re­ply right in the ban­ner no­ti­fi­ca­tion at the top, or mark re­minders as com­pleted or push them to later. Third-party apps will be able to add op­tions, too.

Ex­panded mes­sag­ing

Ap­ple is get­ting se­ri­ous about iMes­sage by adding some handy new fea­tures. You can quickly record and send video or au­dio snip­pets to people, you can share your cur­rent lo­ca­tion in a con­ver­sa­tion and you can man­age group con­ver­sa­tions eas­ier. No word on whether you’ll ac­tu­ally get all your mes­sages yet, though…

Fam­ily Shar­ing

A new fea­ture for fam­i­lies lets you tie up to six Ap­ple ac­counts to a sin­gle credit card, so stuff bought on those ac­counts (books, movies, apps and so on) is shared be­tween ev­ery­one. Best of all, though, is if one of the kids wants to buy an IAP, you get a per­mis­sion re­quest sent to your de­vice, for ap­proval (or not).


Ap­ple re­vealed iOS 8 will come with a new Health app, which de­vel­op­ers and fit­ness/ med­i­cal ac­ces­sory mak­ers can tie into us­ing a sys­tem called HealthKit. The Health app will make your health data avail­able at a glance, but can also send the data out, to an app for your hospi­tal, say.

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