Apple's Best iOS 8 Features
Apple highlights some of the best stuff coming to the new operating system.
In case you missed it yesterday, Apple hosted its official opening to its WWDC 2014 conference in San Francisco. Thousands of developers and other tech heads gathered for the event, and for good reason - Apple finally unveiled some new operating systems, including iOS 8.
Although we still have to wait a bit to reap the benefits of iOS 8 - it's due out this fall and is compatible with Apple's newest tablet and phone devices - there's plenty to look forward to. Here's a breakdown of some of the best features you'll be able to check out, especially on the upcoming iPhone 6.
Remember those commercials that suggest you can dim the lights, open the front door and turn on the stereo from the comfort of your mobile device? This feature will make that one step closer to reality, using interactivity between the Apple tech inside your house and your iPhone or iPad. Granted, some stuff may still not be compatible - like the dog you were supposed to walk - but this looks promising.
There are various apps available that let you keep track of counting calories and exercising, but HealthKit takes it one step further with in-depth analysis across a number of screens, as well as helpful suggestions. Better still, if you're visiting a hospital, your doctor or care provider can check on your health stats through simple connectivity.
Android users are quite familiar with the "Swype" method when it comes to texting stuff to their friends. Now, thanks to this new integration, iOS 8 will use it as well, making it simpler for folks to type what they're trying to say and send it along.
Caller ID Compatibility
In the past, when you needed to answer the phone, you actually needed to use the phone to do it - and how tiring is that? With this new iOS 8 feature, you can now use the iPad device or your nearby Mac computer to take the call. No more having to get up while you're working or web browsing.
Increased Siri support
With Siri, you'll be able to easily find songs using the Shazam music discovery app, in case you hear something and just can't get it out of your head until you add it to your library. You'll also be able to use expanded commands, which Siri will understand much better. Just don't tell her to answer the phone - that's still your job.
Increase iCloud Support
With the iOS 8 update, users will be able to store more information in the cloud than ever before. They can use up to 5 GB of space free-of-charge on a monthly basis, or pay a paltry $0.99 to increase that four times, up to 20 GB. For those of you who like to transfer data with ease from one device to another, this is a welcome change in service.
With the new Metal interface, developers will be able to do a lot more with mobile games, blurring the line between console quality and mobile gaming. The three demos on display during the presentation - Crytek's war game, EA's Plants vs. Zombies movie and Epic's impressive Zen Garden, which will release later this fall - all provided great promise for better games to come in the months ahead. Now, if only we could get that port of Garden Warfare.
If you're a photographer, you'll be able to use your device's camera to create a cool Time Lapse set-up, with a new set of controls. Those of you looking to expand your filmmaking skills will certainly enjoy this.
When it comes to editing photos, you'll now be able to use simple thumb gestures to fix things, including shadows and highlights. Not all of the features were revealed during the showcase, but it sounds cool.
For consumers who like to shuffle a music library - you know who you are - Airdrop now lets you conveniently switch tunes between Mac computers and iOS devices through a Wi-Fi network. Finally, we don't have to connect the iPhone to sync it anymore!
What enhancements are you most looking forward to with iOS 8?