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Since Ap­ple’s ini­tial op­er­at­ing sys­tem up­grades are no­to­ri­ous for hav­ing bugs, I re­sisted the temp­ta­tion to down­load iOS 8 un­til about a month af­ter its re­lease. By the time I in­stalled it, re­ports of prob­lems from early adopters—in­clud­ing Wi-Fi in­ter­rup­tions, freez­ing dur­ing down­load­ing, apps crash­ing, and bat­tery drain— had all but fiz­zled out, and I was greeted with some very wel­come changes.


With its re­lease of iOS 8, Ap­ple fo­cused on cre­at­ing two over­ar­ch­ing themes that res­onate through­out the en­tire user ex­pe­ri­ence: Extensibility, which of­fers app de­vel­op­ers greater ac­cess to iOS func­tions, and Con­ti­nu­ity, which makes con­nect­ing all of a user’s Ap­ple de­vices a breeze via the new Hand­off fea­ture.

With Extensibility, us­ing your apps within the ex­ist­ing Ap­ple frame­work is more sat­is­fy­ing, thanks to ex­ten­sions that of­fer op­tions such as the abil­ity to add app wid­gets to the No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter. For ex­am­ple, you could add the Ever­note wid­get and, with one quick swipe down, gain ac­cess to Ever­note’s note-tak­ing tool. Th­ese im­prove­ments sim­plify func­tions like photo edit- ing and open up the door for de­vel­op­ers to cre­ate even more ex­ten­sions that will con­trib­ute to Ap­ple’s prom­ise of a seam­less ex­pe­ri­ence.

The other core tenet of iOS 8, Con­ti­nu­ity, makes it pos­si­ble for all of your Ap­ple de­vices to be con­stantly con­nected and work­ing to­gether, ful­fill­ing the fan­tasy of mul­ti­taskers ev­ery­where. This fea­ture means that you can start to set a re­minder on your iPad and fin­ish it on your iPhone, or pause mid-thought as you write an email on your Mac and re­sume when you pick up your iPad. In or­der for Hand­off to work, how­ever, you must be logged into the same iCloud ac­count on your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac, and all the de­vices must be in close prox­im­ity to each other so they can au­to­mat­i­cally pair via Blue­tooth LE.


One of the most talked-about ad­di­tions to iOS 8 was Ap­ple’s Quick­Type, a fea­ture that sug­gests words and phrases based on whom you are writ­ing to and what app you are us­ing. I found the word sug­ges­tions, which ap­pear be­low the text box and change rapidly as you type, to be quite dis­tract­ing. Of course, you can eas­ily turn this fea­ture off or switch to a third-party key­board, such as the popular Swype text, thanks to Extensibility.

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