The Many Perks of Apple’s New Upgrade
Just one year after of Apple's complete overhaul of its operating system with iOS 7, the tech giant surprised all of us with many unforeseen updates to iOS 8, including a major makeover of Messages and Photos. In addition, the new software upgrade adds some of our most requested features, such as third-party keyboards and greater customizability with widgets. Here's a look at the best new features of iOS 8.
One feature we've been longing for will now be available in iOS 8: the ability to respond to incoming text messages from the lock screen or from within other apps. We'll no longer need to divide ourselves between surfing the web and texting a friend; we'll be able to do both things at once!
In addition, you'll be able to send photos, audio, or video messages that self-destruct within a couple of minutes, similarly to Snapchats. The feature will let you record from within the app or access your Photo Library to send multiple photos or videos.
Group messaging will be a whole new experience as well, with the ability to name conversations and add or remove people from group texts. Best of all, you can remove yourself from group messages. No more incessant notifications from conversations you've unwillingly been subscribed to!
Furthermore, the Details link shows the contact information of the person you're messaging and lets you share your location with other iOS users for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely. If others have shared their location with you, you can see their whereabouts on a map right within the thread.
You can name conversations from the Details screen, and the Do Not Disturb button stops your phone from making sounds or vibrating when messages come in. You'll also be able to see a list of message attachments, such as images and videos, but if you need to save space, you can delete them without having to lose the entire conversation. If space is still a problem, you can also set Messages to automatically delete conversations after 30 days or a year.
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