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Revamped Mes­sages

It’s eas­ier than ever to send mul­ti­me­dia mes­sages out on iOS 8. There’s a new mi­cro­phone but­ton that ap­pears be­fore you type any­thing, tap and you can record an audio clip to send in­stead of a typed mes­sage. Hold­ing down on the cam­era icon also makes it easy to record a new photo or video to send out.

Take a Call on Your iPad

If you have an iPad or iPod touch on the same net­work as your iPhone, you can re­ceive and make phone calls from those de­vices as well. When OS X up­dates to Yosemite, your Mac will also be able to take and make phone calls. And where pre­vi­ously your iPad and Mac could only send out mes­sages to peo­ple on iMes­sage, with iOS 8 and Yosemite can also send SMS text mes­sages to non-iOS users as well.

An Ex­panded No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter

No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter on iOS 8 has both been stream­lined and ex­panded. The ‘All’ and ‘Missed’ tabs have been col­lapsed into a sin­gle ‘No­ti­fi­ca­tions’ pane, and the ‘To­day’ pane now sup­ports third-party wid­gets, so you can see more in­for­ma­tion with a sin­gle swipe down.

Act on No­ti­fi­ca­tions Im­me­di­ately

In the past, if you re­ceived a no­ti­fi­ca­tion you had to jump into the app to act on it. In iOS 8, you can act on no­ti­fi­ca­tions im­me­di­ately with­out jumping out of what­ever you’re do­ing. For ex­am­ple, when you re­ceive an SMS, you can pull down to type in a quick re­ply and send it with­out hav­ing to jump into the Mes­sages app. The abil­ity to act on

Search Ev­ery­where

With iOS 7, you could pull down on the Home screen to search your iPhone, us­ing Spot­light. With iOS 8, not only will Spot­light search your iPhone, it’ll also search the In­ter­net or Wikipedia for what you’re look­ing for.

Re­place the Key­board

Ap­ple’s own key­board has been im­proved with a new pre­dic­tive key­board which sug­gests the word you’re typ­ing out, but you can also down­load and re­place the key­board with

third-party apps.

Fam­ily Shar­ing Med­i­cal Info for Emer­gen­cies

Med­i­cal ID is a fea­ture in the new Health app that lets you key in your med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion. In case of emer­gen­cies, any­one can ac­cess this info via the emer­gency di­aler, with­out hav­ing to in­put a pass­word. This could be use­ful for any­one with a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion. Fam­ily Shar­ing helps you to share apps and me­dia you’ve bought from iTunes with mem­bers of your fam­ily. One Ap­ple ID with a credit card num­ber is des­ig­nated as the ‘fam­ily or­ga­nizer’, and this ID can be used by any of the five other fam­ily mem­bers to buy apps, me­dia and in-app pur­chases.

What­ever any­one in the fam­ily shar­ing group buys au­to­mat­i­cally be­comes avail­able to other mem­bers of the group. You can also pre­vent un­wanted buy­ing with an op­tional ‘Ask to Buy’ fea­ture, which sends a no­ti­fi­ca­tion to the or­ga­nizer to ap­prove or de­cline a pur­chase.

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