For a second week in a row, Apple remains the talk of the town by making iOS 8 available for download. The much anticipated update has been on Apple users’ minds since early June when Apple announced some of the major changes at their annual developers conference, WWDC. The new update has enough cool features to warrant a much lengthier article dedicated to it, but I’ll keep it simple by focusing on the big improvements for users.
1. Group Messaging
How many times have you been stuck in a group message that has almost nothing to do with you? You get notification after notification about plans that you can’t attend, gossip about people you don’t know, and personal conversations that could really be taken somewhere else. We’ve all been there, and Apple now knows it. So, one of the new features allows you to mute and even leave group messages!
2. Keyboard Improvements
Apple is touting this new keyboard as their “smartest keyboard ever.” That’s a pretty huge statement coming from the company that basically brought autocorrect to the masses. Speaking of autocorrect, Apple has taken that to a new level also by introducing predictive text that will allow you to choose the next word in your sentence from three options based on what you are talking about. iOS 8 also opens up the keyboard to developers to create a third-party experience. This will allow users to choose their preferred input style or even systemwide layout.
3. Easily Connect with iPhone, iPad, and Mac
Apple devices have always worked together very well, but with the new iOS 8 they connect even more seamlessly. In order to do this, you will need to also have OS X Yosemite as well. You will now be able to start an email on any one of your devices and continue it right where you left off from another one. You will also be able to answer phone calls from your iPad or Mac as long as your iPhone is running iOS 8 on the same wifi network as your other two devices. This all happens with your existing iPhone number, so there is no need to set up anything. The same feature is applicable with text messaging.
It should also be noted that the new update requires about 5GB of free space, so may the odds be ever in your favor when choosing which apps, photos, and music get to stay on your phone. Lastly, remember to back up your phone before doing the update, just in case. Happy downloading!