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Apple is now IOS 8

With the introduction of iOS 8 Apple has rolled out their new OS. As in other cases this operating systems from Apple is also available for Apple products alone. As an overview it is much similar to iOS 7, but has significant changes from it. Features you may find interesting that makes iOS 8 to stand out the pack.

  1. Health Kit App

     In its new OS Apple has given much priority to family and their health related stuff. An application that can fetch data from accessories and third party app is introduced. Professional from health field can also use this app. This one is the biggest of its kind from its makers which makes iOS standout from others.

  1. Happy Sharing

     Another remarkable feature is that, you can now share all the iTunes, apps, movies, books etc. This app introduces greater security and parental care. Increase of parental care in the sense that each parent could know what type of app their children use. Also how much money does their kid spend on an app. The significance is that if parents are not interested they can block their children from purchasing that app. The important point to remember here is that the parent and kids should use iPhones and connected to a group.

  1. Widgets

     iPhone users needn’t be jealous with the other OS users anymore. Apple has introduced a new feature to add widgets. Widgets are the new extension that enables iOS to share data and interact with each other.

iMessage

     The way of sending messages has changed in iOS 8. More importance is given to this section since messaging is the most popular app in iOS. The app which has always been widely used by Apple users now helps to name their message. The messages can also be of audio or video type. It also has a self destruction function like Snapchat.

  1. Continuity

   It is one of the remarkable features. Now users can continue messaging in Mac, answer to the calls in Mac. This feature deals with working on several devices that are connected to same iCloud account. Apps like keynote, mail, messages, calendar, remainder, pages etc can be sent.

  1. Updated Keyboard

     The keyboard in iOS now automatically lets you to select words from a list when you start typing a word.

  1. Hands-Free talk to SIRI

       SIRI is a voice assistant in Apple. Earlier using this built-in app was slightly difficult since talking to this app needed pressing of a button after visiting the settings page. Now this process is done easily with a command “Hey Siri”. The condition for using this app is that it should be network connected.

  1. Battery Life Tracking

          Earlier the user was only able to see the remaining battery life in case of percentages. The reasons for drain were not known. Now iOS 8 enables the user to see the apps that are power consuming. The amount of charge consumed by each on that day will be listed. This can be seen by visiting General-Settings-Usage.

  1. Song Identification

        This function is performed by Siri. A service called Shazam helps Siri to perform this feature. Just ask Siri to identify the song using the command “what’s playing”. After receiving this comment Siri searches in the iTunes for the song. The name and artist of the song is displayed and said along thereafter.

10) Alternate Keyboard  

         Unlike other iOS, this one allows users to use alternate keyboards that could be

downloaded.

11) Taking Quality Pics

         The camera app helps to add some advanced features to the pictures you take. The light exposure in your surroundings can now be controlled before taking the pic. The sun icon in the camera screen helps to perform this trick. Dragging it up or down will do the part. Giving more time to record a video is possible now. Taking selfies and group shots are now easier because of self-timer. By clicking the timer icon time can be set from a range of 3 to 10 seconds.

12)  iBooks

          This is an in-built app in iOS. Earlier this app had to be downloaded from Apple store. This app helps the user to add and store several books. Online storing facility called iCloud technology helps to perform this function.

       iOS 8 – Cons.

  • The updates of the built-in apps will take about 5 GB free space in Apple phone.
  • The built-in apps cannot be deleted by the user, even if it is not necessary for the user.

                 Truly, iOS 8.1 is a powerful operating system having a lot of useful features. The latest news is that iOS 9 is on its way to grab the market.