Essen­tials

The Many Perks of Ap­ple’s New Up­grade

iPhone Life Magazine - - Istats - By Jim Karpen

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.

MUL­TI­FAR­I­OUS MES­SAG­ING

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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