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New iOS 8 Features – Full List & Details

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Apple today announced the next biggest release of the new iOS 8 since the launch of the App Store. The new iOS 8 consist of several new features including more than 4000 APIs. The new OS is mainly focused around tighter iCloud integration, which is also supported on Windows, HeathKit for comprehensive medical data collection & reporting & even close interactivity between multiple devices.  We’ll look into the full list of iOS 8 feature here.

The iOS 8 SD includes over 4000 new APIs such as extensibility for offering services to other apps, create multiple sharing buttons, Touch ID, CloudKit, SpriteKit & SpaceKit for more enhanced iOS experience & Metal for improved access to the full power of the processors.

The new iOS 8 & the new Mac OS X, both consist of several new features which are built from the ground up & add lots of value to these softwares. Even though these integration appear to be late in the game, none the less, let’s congratulate Apple for taking brave steps.

These are of course the new features in addition to the iOS 7 features which we saw last year.

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iOS 8 Public Release & Download

Apple in today’s event announced the new iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus, which is very much inline with what we told you a several months ago including the new Apple Watch. All these devices come with the new iOS 8. The new iOS 8 was released today 17th September 2014 & we all can download it for free. The details about the new release can be found on Support kb here.

There are two options to download & update to the new iOS 8; one, you can use the OTA method in which you will need a minimum of 4GB of free space on your device. Or another way is, update to the latest iTunes on your PC or Mac & download the new iOS 8 from there. If you have any questions or issues updating, feel free to buzz us on Twitter @techzoomorg. Always make sure to backup your iOS 7 device either on iCloud or on your computer before you start upgrading the OS.

iOS 8 New Features (Total: 149+ so far)

Notification Center

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  • Improved notification center: Simpler view. Now only shows two tabs: ‘Today’ & ‘Notifications’. Does not show the ‘Missed’ tab anymore. Well done.
  • Widgets: New widgets in Notification Center. We can also add more widgets provided by different apps.
  • Interactive notifications: pull down to quick reply
  • Every item shown on ‘Today’ screen can be dragged to re-arrange as per customization needed.
  • Individual notification can be dismissed with ease.

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Control Center

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  • New Personal Hotspot toggle added
  • Customize controller buttons visible on Control Center  — Now, we can choose which ones to be shown

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Lockscreen

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  • Lock screen notifications: Swipe to interact with the notifications. Like; quick reply to text messages, accept calendar invites or iTunes radio invites, Like Facebook updates & comments, including all third-party apps.
  • Lift the phone up to the ear & listen to the audio messages from lock screen notifications & reply by recording & then sending audio messages.
  • App suggestions on lockscreen based on your current location

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Safari

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  • Full featured Safari on iOS device
  • DuckDuckGo integrated as Google search alternative engine
  • Improved Tab view including a stack of tabs from same website
  • Search, Address bar shows more shortcuts to the most often visited websites
  • New sidebar like Mac OS X Yosemite for quick access
  • We can now request Desktop version of any website
  • Safari now allow to capture credit card number using camera, instead of typing it on a website. When opened, it shows an approximate window size to hold a credit card inside that frame & it detects your name & card number.
  • Easily open recently closed tabs: Tapping & holding the ‘+’ sign on Safari will show a list of recently closed tabs for faster access to them.
  • Private browsing mode now opens up new browser windows instead of replacing the regular one. This way, we can have a regular mode Safari page with another one in Private mode.

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Mail 

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  • Gesture controls for flagging, starring & deleting email messages
  • Smart Mail: Identify more items for interactive responses; such as, create an appointment right from the email message, it recognizes reservations, flight booking & more.
  • It also shows you any conflict in the available meeting times.
  • Email multitasking: Check for new emails, compose & search messages at the same time.
  • Is now able to show all the messages in a conversation through ‘Show all related messages’

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Multitasking

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  • Multitasking now shows the list of the most recently contacted people & favorites with quick call-to-action buttons for each contact such as; phone call; messages, Facetime messages, email etc.
  • Call waiting for Facetime calls.
  • Switching to apps is now much faster & smoother than iOS 7

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Keyboards

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  • Quick Type: Smart predictive text input, that learns how you interact with an app & the people on the other side. Shows suggestions based on language used, message’s content without giving away any privacy concerns. All the data is stored locally on the device.
  • Predictive text input is available in 14 countries: USA, UK, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia, Germany, Italy, Mexico & more.
  • New third-party keyboards: Apple now allows new third-party keyboards as part of the iOS 8’s extensibility feature. Now users can extend their iOS devices by downloading keyboard extensions. Now we can officially have Android’s SWYPE-like keyboard on iPhone. Some of the popular Android keyboards such as Swiftkey & Fleksy, are also confirmed for the iOS 8. These keyboards will be available from the iTunes App Store soon.
  • Data Protection for keyboards: These new keyboard extensions are not allowed to have access to the network (Internet) by default. This is to protect your privacy & avoid recording your keystrokes for malicious activity. However, if you trust a developer & wishes to grant permission to access Internet, you can do so, for each keyboard extension. So, basically, you won’t be allowing a global access to the keystrokes like it’s done on Android. Great move by Apple.
  • Separate Emoji button on all keyboards

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Continuity & Cloud Integration

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  • Continuity: Now with the new iOS 8, we can now start working from one device & continue it on the other. So, you can start working on iPhone & then continue working on it from same point on the iPad or a Mac.
  • Instant Hostspot feature: If the Wi-Fi router is not in a range but if your device is in range, you can take advantage of using your iOS device as the Wi-Fi hotspot. If you get access to the router, it automatically disconnects the iPhone to save battery.
  • Handoff: Along with continuity, we can now receive, type SMS messages on multiple devices, receive or make phone calls from multiple devices including from the Mac & Windows (through Web interface)
  • iCloud Drive: Now the enhanced iCloud Drive, we can work across applications, open documents directly from the iCloud with any applications. This works on both, Mac & Windows platforms.
  • Improved Spotlight search: One of the improved iOS 8 features is the spotlight search. We can now search for new apps, on-device information, search results from the web & more – all integrated under the new spotlight search for saving time

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Messaging

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  • The new Messages app: The new features of the messages app includes,group messaging, WhatsApp like audio & video messaging.
  • Share your location depending upon where other friends are located, helps easily understand the direction
  • Quick overview of all the attachments in the messages
  • See overview of all the photos & videos at once
  • Add-remove people: Each thread can be turned into a group messaging thread by inviting users on per message basis
  • Do not disturb for messages:  You can leave any particular messages thread or use do not disturb option for any group message to turn off notifications & stop the device from buzzing continuously.
  • See videos inline – no more forceful full window video
  • Self-destruct messages: Apple cleverly adds self-destructing messages features especially for audio & video messages which usually occupy more space. Telegram added this feature for security but, Apple has added it also for saving storage space. Definitely a clever move by the company, I must say.
  • Store unlimited messages or very less: iOS 8 now allows us to choose messages to be stored from 30 days, 1 year or forever.

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Notes app

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  • Now allows rich text formatting for notes
  • Also, we can insert images inside the notes

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Enterprise

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  • Device enrollment feature: Auto setup the enterprise device to avoid long setup process. This also enables to download email messages & auto installs all the specified apps for the enterprise.
  • Password protection: Enterprise apps including messages, calendars, mail, will have password protection following a reboot of the device, for enhanced security
  • VIP threads: Users in the enterprise can mark Email messages as VIP threads for promptly getting the notifications & show them on top of all other less important notifications
  • Automatic reply for Exchange: All Microsoft Exchange users can set automatic reply to their messages from the Mail app.
  • Third-party documents providers (other apps such as Box, OneDrive, WebDAV) will be able to share documents with other apps.
  • Managed books & PDFs: All such important information can be pushed to enterprise user easily.
  • S/MIME controls per message for improving security on email messages
  • New MDM (Mobile Device Management) tool allows IT administrators to remotely setup the device  & also not allow the users to have their own set of restrictions & prevent them from erasing the device.

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Health

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  • HealthKit: Composite medical profile of the user to track & analyze health reports.  All the medical readings, from all third-party devices & their app are checked for the user specific threshold. If there are some issues found, patients from variety of medical institutions will get direct notification about such important health data changes, so they can promptly take an action
  • Health App: Monitors all activities including the third-party apps. Very much like an S-Health app on Samsung.
  • Health ID Card: A new provision of the health ID card based on the input under the HealthKit is now available from the lockscreen view in case of emergency.

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Family Sharing

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  • Shared photo streams, calendars, reminders, find kids’ devices, share music, books & apps. All family members can be located on a map through Find My Friends.
  • Find My iPhone shows list of all the family devices & easy to track those lost devices.
  • Share purchases: iTunes Store purchases can be shared with up to 6 members of the family who’re using the same Credit Card on file.
  • Permission to new purchases: To tackle the kids purchasing unwanted apps or making in-app purchases, Apple decided to add ‘request permission for purchase’. So, the main CC user will receive a notification about any such request & only if granted, family member will be able to buy items.

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Camera & Photos

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  • Timelapse video capturing feature: new mode in addition to the video, photo, panorama etc
  • Timer mode: 3 seconds, 10 seconds or off settings – accessible from next to HDR menu button
  • Instant burst photos mode: Click more pictures with a single tap.
  • Manual focus & exposure controls by double tapping on the focus area.
  • Panorama photo mode for the iPads
  • Photos with iCloud: All photos will be now available on all the devices. 5GB free, 20GB 0.99 per month for storage.
  • More photos per device: By integration of iCloud for photos, each device can actually be able to see more photos than its storage capacity.
  • Photo Search: With so many photos available on a device, new feature allows searching photos based on locations, time, events & albums
  • Smart Editing: Changed lights, colors, cropping & auto straightening. All features available across iCloud, so we can start editing a photo on iPhone & finish editing it on iPad & then see the same photo refreshed back on the iPhone where we started.
  • Smart light levels: Auto image analysis & corrections. Contrast, brightness, shadows are changed in real-time to reflect perfect picture corrections.
  • Smart color levels: Same as above.

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Siri

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  • Hey Siri: Siri can now be activated using the voice command. Just like on Android KitKat, Google Voice Search can be activated using a command “Okay Google”. This probably works as said here on the new iPhone 6 or future devices. All other now available devices needs to be plugged-in to use the feature. It’s weird but true at least during Beta 1.
  • Shazam integration – recognize songs
  • Purchase iTunes content from within the Siri
  • Siri is now more responsive
  • Siri types the question we ask in real-time (Like in Cortana)
  • Siri is now available for dictation in 22 more languages

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Chinese

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  • Vector based maps
  • Lunar calendar
  • Improved keyboard input
  • Improved weather data

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iTunes App Store

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  • Improved iTunes Store: Explore, Faster search, related searches
  • Top trending search suggestions, editor’s choice seal, & vertically scrolling search results
  • App Bundles: Developers can create app bundles with discounted price
  • App Previews: Short video intros to showcase apps. This will allow us finding the correct app.
  • TestFlight: Developers can invite users to beta test apps publicly & it’s completely free
  • Bug reporting: To assist in beta testing. the bug reporting tool is provided on iOS 8 beta versions
  • Improved ‘Wish List’ & suggestions based on Siri-Shazam listens, iTunes Radio & Music previews listened & so on.

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iBooks

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  • iBooks now comes installed as a default app on the new iOS
  • Night mode for reading
  • Sort books into series

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Home Automation

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  • HomeKit: Home automation supported for security cams, doors, garage doors, thermostats & other appliances
  • It uses a common network protocol for home automation.
  • Secure pairing
  • Control individual devices safely
  • Siri integration: All these home automation features will have Siri integration. Which means, if we talk to Siri saying, “Get ready for bed”, every instrument will either turn-off, garage doors will be closed or the lights will go dim, as per the suggested commands.

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Third-party integration

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  • More sharing options: In addition to the default sharing options added in the iOS 7, more options can be added by the third-party applications. More like what we can find on the Android devices
  • These share sheets can be customized under Settings. We can not turn on or off only the most-used sharing extensions or change their order of appearance too.
  • Photo filters: We can now choose from extensions added by the third-party camera apps to edit & apply filters to the photos.

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Accessibility

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  • Option to use iOS 8 in the Grayscale mode (in addition to the earlier Invert colors) — This will also help greatly reduce when your device is very low on battery. It’s very much similar to the new Galaxy S5 feature, but, without an automatic activation. This mode also forces the camera to take Gray-scale pictures
  • Improved Zoom feature: Now we can zoom any specific part of the screen by enabling Lens feature (similar to fish eye), whether want to magnify a text or any picture. Previously the zoom feature till iOS 7 was basically not very convenient.
  • Single tap with three fingers will quickly give options to enable & disable this lens zoom feature & or toggle old full-screen zoom feature.
  • Braille keyboard
  • Alex voice settings

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AirPlay & AirDrop

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  • AirDrop now works on iOs & Mac OS X
  • AirPlay on iOS 8 no longer requires us to use Wi-Fi nor it’s required anymore to have any two iOS devices (For example: An iPhone & Apple TV) to be on the same Wi-Fi network. This makes sharing music, videos & photos a lot easier than before.

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Battery

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  • Battery performance improvements. Noticeable on all devices including iPhone 4S & iPad Air
  • Battery usage for all apps to find which app is eating up the battery
  • Change battery usage settings for each app to optimize the device.

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Miscellaneous

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  • Apps can talk to each other & share services between them. All this needs to happen through the iOS’s security protocol to avoid data theft & other malicious activities
  • The Weather Channel is now integrated replacing Yahoo Weather which was there till iOS 7. Good, now people will start trusting weather updates.
  • Apple now added an HD audio output & mic input through the new lightning cable, so that manufacturers can make headphones & speakers supporting the same. Not very sure why would Apple like to ditch the headphone jack altogether in future.
  • After using an app with location tracking, a pop-us notification is shown for whether to continue using it or suspend location tracking for that app. (Thanks Nicholas for sharing through a comment)
  • All apps will have their own Menu under the Settings app
  • Animations are much smoother & finish faster than iOS 7
  • Find My iPhone: iOS device now sends out the last location details before running out of battery.

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iOS 8 Beta 2 Features

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  • Podcast app is now comes pre-installed
  • Settings app now remembers the position. Which means, if you go on browsing settings, do back & forth then, we no longer need to scroll down all the way again.
  • Ability to mark all iMessages as ‘Read’
  • Automatically log in to the iCloud after every reboot.
  • Improved keyboard characters for Japanese, Chinese, French & Hindi languages.
  • Find My iPhone now includes indoor floor numbers
  • Improvement on SOS issue: when in low signal areas – does not show ‘No Service’
  • Safari now includes spotlight suggestion search
  • Safari is now blocking automatic redirecting ads to the App Store without user interaction. One must ‘Ok’ the redirection.
  • New pinch to tab view in Safari
  • Mute app notifications globally: We can now disable system-wise notifications for each app through “Allow Notifications” toggle. Nothing will appear on notification center, Today view etc.
  • Battery usage screen now includes consumption when the device is not in coverage. The info shows under “No Cell Coverage”

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iOS 8 Beta 3 Features

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  • New WiFi Calling feature (right now for T-Mobile) customers: People can enjoy far better call clarity than the conventional 2G/3G or 4G connectivity. The option can be activated from Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling (Source)
  • Dismissing notifications is now easier. Individual notifications can be dismissed using ‘X’ & a group of notifications now has a “Clear” button , which is decently visible now.
  • Users can select whether to share “App Analytics” with the app developers or not.
  • New wallpapers
  • Recycle Bin / Trash Can for photos: Now we can mark photos for deletion & they’ll get deleted 30 days after marked for removal.
  • This “Recently Deleted” photos also show the days since it was marked for deletion
  • Enable / Disable QuickType keyboard
  • Enable / Disable automatically keeping audio & video messages
  • Upgrade iCloud account from within the Settings app
  • Ability to disable ‘Handoff feature (Probably to save battery life for those who won’t use it all the time)

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iOS 8 Beta 5 Features

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  • iCloud now shows the date when photos were last synced. This way, we can know which photos are backed up & which not.
  • Easy way to disable/enable Predictive Text right from the Keyboard. Long press to change the keyboard & the toggle is present right on top of other options
  • Health data can now be exported for easier access outside the iOS 8 device.
  • SMS Relay alert seeking permission to relay text messages on to the other iOS 8 or Yosemite devices. We can either deny or accept to relay SMS messages. Wow, Apple just reduced the changes of accidentally relaying SMS messages to undesired device(s)
  • Improved iCloud usability: Another interesting feature added in the beta 5 is about effectively using the iCloud. It will now backup all the high resolution images & videos but will keep the optimized media for the same on device. This will ensure saving plenty of space on the device while only be able to pull larger files on request. Pretty neat I must say. If you’re not interested in optimizing the device storage & wish to use full-res media, you can choose an option that says, “Download and keep originals”.

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iOS 8 – Public Release – Updated Features

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  • Finally a few new keyboards for English (India), Bengali, Filipino, Marathi, Slovenian,, & Urdu.
  • Hindi localization
  • Spanish-English bilingual dictionary
  • Word definitions for more languages such as: Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Thai, Turkish
  • Plenty of new wallpapers

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iOS 8.1 – Features & changelog

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  • Apple Pay is now integrated into the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, including the devices launched after them
  • Camera Roll is back to replace ‘Recently Added’ under photos
  • iCloud Photo Library integration (beta)
  • SMS messages support on iPad & Mac using the ‘Hand-off’ feature
  • Low space notification when shooting time-lapse videos
  • Cellular data toggles for selecting 2G, 3G data & 4G LTE are back

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Supported Devices

iOS 8 is supported on all the devices supported by the iOS 7, including the iPad 2 & iPhone 4S (with limited features)

Release Date

The iOS 8 release date for the public is set for some time in Fall 2014. We’ll update about the exact date soon.

iOS 8 Beta 1

Starting today, the first day of the WWDC 2014 conference, Apple has released iOS 8 Beta 1 for the developers. There are several reports after last few days that, this particular beta is very buggy & has plenty of issues such as: silent mode switch not working, apps are crashing, unpredictable respring when connected to lightning cable, overall random sluggish movements on some devices.

iOS 8 Beta 2 Seeded

Apple seeded another iOS beta to developers which includes plenty of small tweaks, bug fixes, many improvements on the newly added features & some new features as well. I’ve listed a few of them above for your reference. The changelog is huge for Beta 2, but nothing’s changed visually in a huge way. More improvements for iPad, older devices is expected in Beta 3, which will be released on July 8, 2014 . . marking expiry for the ongoing beta 2.

iOS 8 Beta 3 Seeded

iOS 8 beta 3 is now seeded for developers. This release includes tons of improvements & little nifty UI tweaks to improve overall experience. The release is approx. 330MB +/- few for different device models.

iOS 8 Beta 4

The release date of Beta 4 for the developers, is scheduled for July 21, 2014. Stay tuned for more.

iOS 8 Beta 5

The new beta 5 is now seeded to the developers & this time Apple has added a few important features into it. The update also ensures visual facelift for iCloud icon, moved brightness slider from wallpapers to “Display & Brightness”, with several security fixes.

iOS 8.0.1 is almost ready for release

It’s been a week since we all have installed the new iOS 8 & while we are exploring & benefiting from the list of new features — we’ve also seen apps crashing randomly, may it be phone app, messages or Facebook. Battery drain is definitely visible than the latest iOS 7 we had. Several issues with Safari not playing videos & freezing Phone app are some of the critical issues many users are facing. We’re expecting the iOS 8.0.1 update with tons of bug fixes & performance improvements to be available ASAP, once the iOS 8 roll-out demand comes down a bit.

iOS 8.1.1- Beta 1 – Bad for jailbreak

Apple seeded iOS 8.1.1 Beta 1 to developers. This release is aimed primarily at improving iOS 8 performance on older, 32-bit iOS devices. In addition to this, iOS 8.1.1 also patches the exploit used to jailbreak iOS 8 using Pangu tool.

Beware: If you want to jailbreak your iOS 8 & then continue using it – you MUST upgrade to the iOS 8.1 (not 8.1.1) now while it’s available. Once Apple starts pushing the new 8.1.1 for public, you can no longer be able to jailbreak your device unless Pangu team decides to release jailbreaking tool with another exploit.

Photo Gallery

Apple also introduced the new programming language ‘Swift’ in addition to the Objective-C . Both these languages can be used together however; the new Swift programming language will be the future, due to its solid performance, simplicity & interactive features.

If you know about any of the new iOS 8 features which are not listed here, please do let us know in the comments.

  • Shameer Mulji

    Great to see you keep up the feature lists! How are you enjoying iOS 8 and / or Yosemite so far?

    • Thanks Shameer for visiting & writing. I don’t have access to Mac right now, so not using Yosemite 🙁

  • wesley camario

    were betas 2 list at

    • Will be adding the Beta 2 list tomorrow most probably. Tied up with a project deadline. 🙂

  • Nicholas Osborne

    How do you access iCloud Drive on an iPad or iPhone?

    • iCloud Drive can be accessed through any iCloud-enabled app. The app will have access to save documents on to the iCloud Drive or retrieve them.

      Also, the device itself first needs to be enabled for using the iCloud.

      • Nicholas Osborne

        Where would you go to retrieve documents in iCloud Drive?

        • It needs to happen only through the iCloud Drive supported apps I suppose. There is no iCloud file manager app available yet… know any?

        • Nicholas Osborne

          No

  • Nicholas Osborne

    After using an app with location tracking services, you receive a pop-up notification asking whether to keep or suspend that service.

  • Levi

    Thanks for making this list again Tushar this year tushar! I won’t be posting new features from iOS 8 this year as I don’t have access to the betas this time but I’ll be more than happy to provide comparisons from iOS 7

    • Welcome back Levi . . Good to see you.
      Thanks & yes . . sure do send whatever iOS 7 vs iOS 8 updates you can share. Would love to hear from you. Cheers 🙂