We Can't Wait To Try These 10 New Features In iOS 8 (AAPL)

Dave Smith

Apple will release iOS 8 on Wednesday, and there’s a lot to look forward to.

The new software update for iPhones, iPods, and iPads looks just like iOS 7, but there’s much more going on under the hood. There are some new applications like Health, new features like the ability to send audio messages in iMessage, and some huge foundational improvements to allow for seamless interplay among all devices.

Apple also has plenty of developer goodies that will make iOS more powerful, including 4,000 new APIs for home electronics, Touch ID, iCloud, cameras, games, and more.

Here, we’ve picked out some of the standout improvements and features in iOS 8 so that you can get an idea of what to expect when the update goes live on Wednesday.


Each year, Apple has been tying its mobile and desktop operating systems closer together. But thanks to Continuity in iOS 8, you’ll finally be able to pick up precisely where you left off on another device — whether you’re writing an email, creating a presentation, or reading a webpage. You’ll also be able to answer calls to your iPhone directly on your Mac or iPad, as long as those devices are all using the same Wi-Fi network.

But even if you don’t have Wi-Fi, your iPad or Mac can now leverage your phone’s personal hotspot when it’s nearby. There are plenty of other improvements to this idea of seamless handoff, including Apple’s decision to make its peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol, AirDrop, now functional between both Mac and iOS devices. For these reasons, Continuity will likely be the standout feature of iOS 8.


This new fitness app is designed to measure your fitness and sleeping habits. And thanks to the HealthKit tool for developers, third-party apps and hardware will be able to sync with the Health platform so that it can learn more about your health and fitness, and be able to share that accurate data — like your resting heart rate, cholesterol, and blood sugar — with your physician.

When the Apple Watch arrives next year, it will track and deliver most of these health statistics. But as a whole, the Health app marks the beginning of Apple’s campaign to help us all get healthy, while also making it easier for physicians to analyze one’s biometrics for an accurate evaluation and/or diagnosis.


For a long time, iPhone and iPad users could only use one keyboard: the one Apple provided. But even though Apple has improved its own keyboard for iOS 8, offering predictive contextual suggestions based on previous messages and the message you’re writing, the company is finally opening up the keyboard API to allow for third-party keyboards from the likes of Swype and Fleksy. Expect plenty of interesting keyboards to soon become available for iPhone and iPad users.


At first, iMessage was just about simple texting back and forth. But Apple’s free messaging service is beefing up in iOS 8, adding the ability to record and send voice messages and videos without ever having to leave the app. You can also share your location from right in the app, and you can finally rename group conversations so they don’t simply list all of the people in the conversation; you can label your conversations as “Road Trip Crew” or “Kickball Team” to make them easier to find. And even better, you can now “leave” those group conversations without needing to delete the entire thread from your phone.

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