WHAT’S NEW IN IOS 8
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
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
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.